A Review of Dick DeVos’ Philanthropic Activities

Though Dick and Betsy DeVos are acknowledged for their huge political donations, their contributions to charity continue to raise eye brows. The DeVos family has donated a total of $139 million since they started giving to charity.


A Review of The Donations By the DeVoses


When Betsy DeVos was nominated as the U.S. Education Secretary, she was questioned about her contributions towards school choice causes, and to Republican candidates, during the vetting process.


A publication on the DeVos Family Foundation site shows that in 2015, the DeVos couple gave away $11.6 towards charitable contributions. This is more than twice the amount the couple had doled out in political donations over the past five years.


The DeVos family has been actively involved in Republican politics for years. This tradition of giving to the community was established by Dick’s dad, Rich DeVos. The senior DeVos and his four children donated to charity a total of $104 million. This landed the family in the 24th place on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Givers”. Forbes further estimated the family’s lifetime contributions to be worth $1.33 billion.


In 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos channeled more than $3 million towards educational causes. The DeVos foundation further awarded $357,000 to groups that supported the idea of education reform.


Dick’s Work History


In 1991, there was a plan to build a multi-purpose convention and sports arena in Grand Rapids. At that time Dick DeVos was working at Amway Corp, his family’s company. DeVos started campaigning against the Grand Rapids’ program. He was concerned that the convention centre would have negative consequences for the residents of downtown Grandrapids. His campaign led to the establishment of the Grand Action, a committee of business leaders who were behind the construction of the DeVos Performance Hall, DeVos Place Convention Center, Michigan State University’s medical school, Grand Rapids City Market, as well as Van Andel Arena.


Dick DeVos later became the CEO of Amway Corp between the years 1993 to 2002. DeVos lobbied for the 2012 law that allowed the employment of individuals who were not members of labor unions.


In 2006, Dick DeVos and his wife donated $12.5 million towards the construction of a children’s hospital named after the wife of the Amway co-founder, Richard DeVos.


Education reform is among the biggest initiatives by Dick DeVos. He is the founder of a charter high school dealing in aviation and that was established in Grand Rapids International Airport.


Dick DeVos has not always been successful in swaying the opinion of the public towards his philosophies. In 2000, DeVos proposed an amendment of the constitution to promote tax-funded vouchers for students attending private schools. Voters rejected this proposal on a massive scale. A few years later, Dick run for governor and lost to Jennifer Granholm. However, the DeVoses did not give up. They later shifted their ideals to other regions of the country. According to Betsy DeVos, the District of Columbia and 24 U.S. states currently use vouchers for private schools.



Copa Star – One of Its Kind

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is back at it again with its state-of-the-art innovations and constant additions to improve the quality of life for many local residents as well as added touristic attract ability for outsiders. Its newest feats include an all-new hospital recently built in the very heart of Rio, one known as Copa Star. It offers the best in rapid response and patient care clinical services as well as a few outpatient resources. It also offers an exclusive, differentiated care package that is both new to the world of Brazilian health businesses and one of its kind. It combines top-notch luxury with quality technology for the best of both worlds in patient care. Visit the site Rede D’Or for more info.

As if such improvements were not enough, this unique medical facility’s staff have decided to resemble a five-star hotel with the look of this new building and have even allowed for current staff of Copa Star to grow and expand their interests within this highly-appealing, getaway resort medical facility. In fact, the staff have worked hard to earn the right to work there: They endured what some would describe as a brutal intensive training period that lasted for approximately two months and covered nearly every topic that they’ll often encounter – and even those that they’ll hopefully never face – to be more than prepared for the challenges ahead. It has now been nearly a year since the facility opened in 2016, and both it and the trained staff continue to work diligently to provide the best in patient care and quality networking with nearby facilities; the hospital officially opened in October 2016. It has not been an easy road, but it has been a good one as the needs for the hospital have grown and doctors have seen multiple patients every day.

The current staff comprises nearly 600 members from all around the world, and more than 110 of them are licensed doctors. Plus, even the higher-level employees have received top-notch training in preparation for the new facility’s grand opening: They were trained and even re-trained in the most exclusive of areas, details that even included when and where to approach certain patients as well as what clothing or makeup to use or not to use in any given scenario. Multiple practice scenarios were included in this rigorous training, and they occurred in the form of mock exercises, test runs, written and oral exams and even simulations with planned or unplanned emergencies. As with any top-notch training, there was plenty of room for error and learning mistakes so that, when the real emergency would present itself, every employee from the top down – even those serving as interns – would feel confident and prepared to act. Read more at lovemondays.com.

Rick Shinto’s Leadership Team Creates Advancement for Innovacare Health and Quality Assurance

InnovaCare Health relies on a team of experienced professionals that have a broadening vision approach, for positioning the company towards greater stability and expansion. The executive leadership team sets the stage to gain further value and pivot its core values in the direction of providing great health care to Medicare Advantage members.

The clear vision of InnovaCare Health is within redefining what it means in the 21st century, for providing health care that is transparent in benefits, but also reduces waste and abuse of Medicare programs, which are designed to bridge a gap in a member’s coverage. Ultimately, the vision enables InnovaCare Health to forge ahead in an industry that is at a pivotal point, for change, and they continue to govern those programs which add to the health sector throughout North America.

InnovaCare Health is made up of two segments of health care in Puerto Rico. Both their, MMM Healthcare Inc. and PMC Medicare Choice Inc. provide care programs that are designed to support physical health as well as the emotional well-being of their benefit recipients. The two plans both are accredited with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In order to receive NCQA accreditation, the plans must exceed the expectations of quality care, clinical performance and customer service. For more than two decades, NCQA accreditation has been the standard to assess a plans commitment, for providing quality experiences to their members. Read the company overview at Bloomberg.

The company’s leadership team is led by Rick Shinto as President and CEO. Rick has led the company since 2012 and has more than 20 years of clinical and operational health care knowledge. Prior to becoming CEO for InnovaCare Health, Rick Shinto was Chief Medical Director with Optima Health Plan. He is an award winning Entrepreneur, with the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012.

Rick is supported by Penelope Kokkinides with her position as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Penelope Kokkinides brought an array of government experience to InnovaCare Health and the leadership team. She’s previously served as COO and Vice President with Aveta Inc., and has a wealth of expertise in areas of health care infrastructure. With over 20 years of experience in government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, Penelope is a leading force in helping InnovaCare Health become highly-respected in the development of the company’s health care models and best practices, for reducing government resources.

InnovaCare Health and its leadership team have consistently out-performed with their Medicare Advantage programs while serving over 200,000 members and nearly an 8,000 network of providers. Visit their website at Innovacarehealth.com.

Norman Pattiz Announces Results on the Relationship between Podcast Advertisement and Shopper Behavior in the Market

The executive chairman and Tom Webster who is the VP strategist at Edison Research published the findings of a continued series of detailed studies focusing on the results of marketing tests with five big national brands across different categories and products. This being the first ever research of before and after campaign name done for Podcast showed how important the advertising was for various brands.

Key results from the search included

A particular grocery brand post campaign was mentioned by over 60% of listeners which was way higher than the 7% among audiences during the pre-study.

The product awareness that was not aided rose from by 47% from the pre-study to the post-study for a product based on finance, the automobile aftermarket product was 37%, and the product for a lawn and garden was 24%.

Over one-third of the users had an excellent opinion towards an automobile aftermarket product in the post study. This was up from 18% in pre-study. 22% of respondents said they would likely use a lawn and a garden product.

This too was up from the 16% in the pre-study.A specific marketing message for vehicles aftermarket product in the post study increased by 60% compared to the awareness in the pre-study. For a dining restaurant that’s casual, rose to 76%.

Norman Pattiz founded Westwood One, a company that under his great leadership grew to become America’s biggest radio broadcasting on news, sports, and entertainment, talk and traffic programs. Westwood One owned and managed some networks that include; NBC Radio, CBS News, CNN Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting system, NFL Football, NCAA Basketball, Super Bowl and both winter and summer Olympic Games.

Mr. Pattiz was appointed by President Clifton in 2000 to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the USA. President Bush again reappointed him to the same Board in 2002.

The primary role of the BBG is to oversee all nonmilitary broadcasting services in the US, and these include; “The Voice of America,” “Radio Free Europe,” “Middle East Broadcasting” and many others. He is credited with convincing and starting radio and television services in all of the 22 Arabic speaking nations of the Middle East. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.laweekly.com/location/norman-pattiz-auditorium-hamilton-high-school-6170801

He also was in the forefront in the establishment Farsi language spoken in Iran.The radio has over 40 million.Besides his broadcasting background, Mr. Pattiz is the regent of the University of California where he serves the chairman of the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Security Laboratories.

Mr. Pattiz was included in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009on top of receiving the Giants of Broadcasting Award presented to him from the University of American Broadcasting.

Bruce Levenson Seeks Justice for Breach of Contract

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC, which formally owned Atlanta Hawks NBA, is in court tussles with New Hampshire Insurance Company along with the majority shareholder Bruce Levenson. The insurance company is being sued for breach of contract due to its failure to honor Danny’s settlement claims. Danny Ferry previously served as the general manager for AHBE.

In the lawsuit, AHBE alleges that the policy under which AIG insurance company insured them covered certain losses related to employment practices, which included Wrongful Termination, Workplace Torts among others. The court files indicate that AHBE informed AIG on April 2, 2015 about the claims Ferry stated; AHBE strongly holds that the policy claims were covered.

In addition, the lawsuit further requires the Insurance Company to pay 50 percent of the unpaid loss as penalty on top of attorney’s fees and costs.

Bruce Levenson has been successful in his business endeavors. In 1977, Levenson and his partner Ed Peskowitz founded United Communications Group (UCG), a publisher of Oil Express newsletter. Before establishing UCG, Mr. Levenson was a writer at Washington Star and Observer Publishing. He has also served as the director at TechTarget.com. Mr. Levenson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University, and a J.D. from American University. Read more on brucelevenson.com.

Bruce is a man with a big heart; he has donated generously to philanthropic organizations including Hoop Dreams Foundation and Community Foundation of Washington, D.C. He is not only a founding donor of the U.S. Holocaust Museum but also an active supporter of numerous Jewish causes. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html

Davos Group (REG) Launches Game-Changer App For Its Clients.

In an official statement to its customers, Davos Real Estate Group has announced that it will launch its new mobile app Davos CAP Calculator. The Davos Cap Calculator app is meant to help clients make estimates on the returns of real estate investments that they may be interested in. Davos Real Estate Group (REG) is an independently run company and is an affiliate of the Davos Financial Group. The group is focused on formulating an investment plan that satisfies the needs of each client beyond expectation by combining finest products within the regulatory framework which calls for world-class service and the expertise of a professional team that is specialized and licensed for every service offered.


Over the past half a year, the Davos REG’s Executive Director Gerard Gonzalez has been working alongside the Tecknolution Company to develop a practical design as well as the general development of the app. This application which has been termed as ‘an essential tool’ will through considerations of the expenses associated with a real estate investment help clients to estimate the gains that the property may garner.


David Osio, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Davos Financial Group, said that the direction Davos REG was taking was in line with the objectives of the business. David Osio is one of the key influencers in the Venezuelan and Latin Markets. He has displayed remarkable excellence in the field of financial advisory, banking, as well as commercial law. He has a vast wealth of experience in the provision of financial services and business management.


David Osio is reputed for his unmatched focus on delivering the finest services to his select clientele. Under the competent leadership of David Osio, Davos Financial Group has been able to expand its operations through its affiliate companies to gain a stable market in places like Miami, New York, Panama, Geneva among other locations. Before he founded Davos Financial Group, David Osio served as the vice president of Commercial Banking for Banco Latino International from 1989-1993. David started out his remarkable career as Honors graduate with an emphasis in finance, international studies, and banking from the Universidad Catolica Andreas Bello in Venezuela. David specializes in Portfolio Structuring and Asset Management, Banking Services, Tax and Corporate Planning and Succesoral Planning.

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Mike Baur: The Swiss Genius

Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur; he is the chief executive officer and the managing director of Swiss Startup Factory where he is also a co-founder with his two other partners. Mike went to the University of Rochester where he attained MBA, and subsequently, he achieved executive MBA from the University of Berne. Mike has been in Swiss private banking for over 20 years where he has gathered incredible amount of experience in financial industry.


Mike has worked in various financial industries rising from a commercial apprentice all the way up to an executive board member of the largest Swiss private banks. Some of the institution he served includes UBS and Clariden Lieu.


Mike co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 at the age of 39, with his two associates Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. Swiss Startup Factory is currently the largest independent and privately financed early stage ICT Startup Accelerator.


The Swiss startup Factory was driven by the need to develop and provide global facilities that disrupt the popular products, norms, and business strategies. The company, therefore, offers a three-month program that helps assist early stage startups with financing, mentoring, coaching, services, office space and also the provision of access to vast and complex entrepreneurial and investor network.


The factory makes bold moves and claims which they strive to meet and achieve. Swiss startup factory offers 360 degrees services to emerging startups companies. The team offers tailored services to get ideas of an individual, or a startup started. A fully complete accelerator program from a- z to help a company from the point of departure till they bring their product to the market. The group also offers customized services that enable mature startups to thrive and grow.


The company has also partnered with the best academic institutions in Switzerland to support individuals with exceptional and extraordinary talents. It is a pre-accelerator program that offers a couple of services such as coaching, product development, and professionally taught pitch training among other services.


Mike played a significant role as a jury at a startup pitching contest during startup Summiteer that took place at the University of St. Gallen. 1n 2016 Swiss startup partnered with CTI and Mike was named as Managing Director of CTI. In Feb 2016 the factory also partnered with Fintech Fusion.