Philanthropy and wealthy family dynasties go hand in hand. The Koch, Walton, Simon and Buffet are just a few of the billionaire families who have powerful foundations. One family that isn’t as well known but equally big on giving is the DeVos family. This conservative clan of billionaires has been a major charitable contributor for several decades

Dick DeVos and his family amassed a huge fortune with Amway products. The platform has made the family one of the richest in the U.S. Amway founder Richard DeVos and his wife, Helen, run a large foundation in Michigan. The considerable amount of wealth they have distributed through their foundation has helped many of the state’s underprivileged. The DeVos’ are staunch supporters of school choice. A great deal of the money has gone to Christian and faith-based schools and organizations.

The 90-year-old Richard DeVos Sr. not only founded Amway in 1959, he is also owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team. After a stint in the Air Force during WWII, DeVos followed his entrepreneurial spirit by founding the Amway Corporation. Over the years, the multi-level marketing program has expanded into 100 countries. DeVos Sr. is now one of the richest men in the U.S. with a net worth of over $9 billion. 

The DeVoses have a great deal of influence in Michigan’s evangelical community. They have given a great deal of funding to many conservative candidates. The DeVos’s son, Dick DeVos and his wife Betsey also wield a considerable amount of power. Many believe that the DeVos’ influence helped transform Michigan into a “right to work” state. There is no doubt that the Devos family does a great deal of political policy shapers. There is likely no change on the horizon.

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Intelligent discourse is rare in politics today. Donald Trump bloviates, using half-truths, lies and bigotry to push an empty agenda. His ad hominem style makes for great ratings and allows him to lead the news every night. Fox News uses this confrontational style to drive up ratings in their own reporting.

Sometimes the network uses interviews with unsuspecting interviewees as a weapon against ideas they do not agree with, like the Democratic socialist agenda of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Recently the network brought the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and film producer, Thor Halvorssen, on the network for an interview. The man is world famous for being a human rights activist and it appears the network tried to use his good name to slam socialism and Bernie Sanders all at once. But cooler heads prevailed and Thor Halvorssen turned the interview around against Fox News.

According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen used intelligent discourse to expose Fox News bias during the interview. The network figured that Thor Halvorssen hates socialism because his own father was a political prisoner of the socialist dictator of Venezuela. But Thor Halvorssen’s response to the question, “Why is socialism a violation of basic human rights?” shocked the network. He calmly explained that socialism is not bad and that unchecked unilateral power in the hands of one dictator is bad, no matter the form of government.

The hostess then asks the world famous human rights advocate to define socialism. He then asks her what kind of definition she wants; the academic definition, the theoretical definition or the definition of in a socialist ideal. The hostess couldn’t handle it, calling all that information mere “details”. That’s when an exhausted Thor Halvorssen tells Fox News that he supports Bernie Sanders and has donated to the insurgent candidate’s campaign.

You can hear the shock in the hostess voice. It’s as if the entire network squeals through her.

 

There is exciting news for Fabletic fans. According to Forbes, Fabletics is anticipating opening 100 stores within the next five years. With six stores and a seventh on the way. This is great news for fans who would like to try before they buy. You can check out Racked to learn more here.
Fabletics, co-founded by Kate Hudson, is a line of clothing for athletic-minded women. You get to look good while you work out, without paying a small fortune. The ultra trendy outfits change every month, making your Fabletic experience fun and exciting.
There’s a large variety of styles and colors to choose from. No matter what your workout or personality there is bound to be something for any woman to enjoy. You can browse Kate’s personal picks, accessories, children’s apparel, and even men’s fashions too. The discounts you enjoy being a subscriber make this a must for any athletic-minded individual.
Subscribing to Fabletics is a super easy process and entitles you to enjoy huge discounts. You’ll be asked to take a short lifestyle survey to determine what fashions work best for your routine. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be charged once monthly and receive your outfits accordingly. If you don’t want an outfit for any particular month, just be sure to log in between the 1st and 5th of the month and select “skip this month” to opt out. Fabletics excepts returns within 30 days, so if you do not log in between the 1st and 5th chances are you can use this option. If you decide you no longer want to subscribe, you can cancel any time easily by phone.
Not only is Fabletics vying to open more stores, they are revamping their FAQ’s section and making major changes to their customer service system. It is really important to Fabletics that any current or potential customers fully understand the subscription process.

Sources:

www.racked.com/2016/2/15/10995348/fabletics-stores-kate-hudson

It is very difficult to put together five women and expect no spectacle. Queens of Drama is a new, high octane and rib cracking television series produced by Jessica Altman Da Rocha and Carrie Vandiver, among other gurus in movie production. Its conception was first made public on October 2015. This elicited a lot of excitement amongst film enthusiasts because it promised to be a thriller, and lived up to its expectations.

The Cast

The series features former bankable stars who are keen to recapture their lost glory in the movie industry. Lindsay Hartley featured in “All My Children”, Days of Our Lives and Passions. Vanessa Marcil starred in “Las Vegas” and “General Hospital”. Hunter Tylo was a star actress in “The Bold and The Beautiful”. Crystal Hunt on the other had has acted in “One Life to Live”. They are later on joined by Donna Mills and Joan Collins.

The Plot

The show is about former actresses who are out to regain their lost glory through the production of their own movie, which will give major roles to women. They form a film production firm, which will help them in their quest to produce their series. Trying to put together diverse characters is a difficult task because each of them has a super-sized ego. They disagree from the word go and this puts the whole undertaking at jeopardy.

This introduces Don Mills, who stood out for her role in “Melrose Place”. In this film, she is portrayed as a nonsensical character with a penchant for order and organization. She however falls out with the women when she makes pertinent decisions without involving them. They therefore elect to drop her. The series is full of drama just as its name suggests, and is bound to keep viewers entertained and glued to their TV sets.

In Queens of Drama, Crystal Hunt has a bittersweet relationship with Hartley. One of the highpoints of the series is when she causes a catfight between the two after she says that her co-star is old and ought to get grandma roles. Her assertive side however comes out due to her refusal to move with the crowd all the time.

The Florida-born star has been on the big screen for most of her life. She has participated in beauty pageants from the tender age of 2, and has matured with time to become one of the most standout performers in Hollywood. She is currently exploring the world of film production.  Crystal Hunt is a photographer in addition to her acting work.  She passionately communicates with fans through her Instagram, and she can also be found on TV.com which has her full career history.

Melissa Click, a 12-year communications professor at the University of Missouri, is now internationally infamous for her controversial actions at a student protest. In the midst of the chaotic protest, Click was videoed ordering some guys to take away a journalist who was there about the protest. The video soon went viral all over the nation. For her immensely controversial actions, she has been suspended from her job pending further investigation. It really doesn’t look good for her, though. Her criminal charges include third-degree assault, and a misdemeanor.

In addition, over 100 lawmakers are calling for her firing. Now the embattled former professor is fighting back. She is backed with the help of Status Labs, an Austin, Texas-based online reputation company. Although Status Labs specializes in helping companies improve their online public relations with customers to drive up business, it is also internationally known for helping individuals like Click in public relations predicaments. Status Labs currently has more than 1500 clients in more than 35 countries worldwide.

Status Labs recently handled the huge controversy of the famous Ashley Madison scandal. Ashley Madison is known as an online site where individuals can carry on private cyber-sexual affairs with supposedly complete privacy. But in the now infamous debacle, the accounts of more than 37 million of its users were hacked.

They successfully advised them how to improve the bad situation they were in and how to avoid further dangers. The Status Labs (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/status-labs-president-and-co-founder-darius-fisher-named-one-of-prweeks-innovation-50-300155074.html) people are trained to help anyone or any business in any public relations quandary. As with Click’s current situation, they will gladly and easily tailor their expertise to your needs.

Jon Urbana is the co-founder of Next Level Lacrosse Camp, located in Colorado. The camp focuses on building skills on the field and features competitions and giveaways. Lacrosse is a game that is fun to play, but that the students also learn discipline, fair play, and honesty. Jon Urbana played lacrosse where he gained honors as an All-American defensive player at Villanova University. Jon’s core duties at the Next Level Lacrosse Camp is to train Colorado athletes on various lacrosse skills and personalized guidance regarding best gaming practices and techniques and provides scholarships for those who are eligible. At Next Level lacrosse, aspiring young athletes have the opportunity to learn from some of the best lacrosse players in the business

Charity Work
Jon Urbana Launches Charity Drive benefiting the Animal Rescue & Adoption Society (ARAS). All proceeds raised during the fundraiser go directly to the Animal Rescue & Adoption Society. They strive to find a loving home for all the cats in their shelter. While he first reached out for help on Facebook, he has since expanded the push to his WordPress and Tumblr blogs.

Urbana has also launched a GoFundMe campaign. Mr. Urbana is donating the proceeds of the campaign to a local non-profit organization called Earth Force. The purpose of the campaign is to mobilize youth to become activists and participants in improving their local environments.

Flying Career
Jon Urbana has set a positive example with a good flying record and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized Jon Urbana and has included him in the FAA Airmen Certification Database which is prestigious.

Photography
He shares his photography on Instsgram and on his Vimeo collection. Jon Urbana has demonstrated that he has a great skill as a photographer and makes some personal videos that he shares for all to see. He uses it to create some good pictures as shown here.

Music
He promoted a remix of Paper Navy’s Swan Song, in addition to M-22’s song Good To Be Loved, which will be released on January 29. He linked to their website as well as from his Facebook page.

Alexei Beltyukov is an author as well as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. The foundations of his training include an initial interest in medicine followed by a change to pursue business education. He is Russian, but many of his initiatives will be found to influence the entire world.

In completing his education, About.me shows Alexei received his MBA from INSEAD in 1997. This institution which was begun in 1957 is known as one of the top international business schools. There are campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Later he helped establish the Russian Alumni Scholarship at INSEAD to benefit other Russian students who wish to pursue advanced business degrees there.

Within Russia Mr. Beltyukov is known for his role in founding A-Ventures Ltd. This is a Russian company that focuses on finding financial assistance for Russian businesses that are struggling financially. As recently as 2013 he formed Endemic Capital to provide angel funding for startup companies in his country as well.

CrunchBase reports Alexei Beltyukov is the Vice President of Skolkovo Foundation. The focus of Skoldovo Foundation is to provide grants and opportunities that benefit Russian technology start-up companies. Russian based entrepreneurs who are seeking to expand opportunities for their countryman can also be helped by the resources of the Skolkovo Foundation. Focusing his career on business and education in Russia, one of the goals for Alexei has been to make executive leadership courses financially accessible for the public at large.

Scholarships and capital are not the only areas that are receiving benefits from the business skills of Alexei Beltyukov. New Gas Technologies a project related to the use of petroleum gas and Mechanicus which is a car repair business are other fields of interest.

Perhaps the project he has developed that is of most interest and benefit to educators is a math education system called Solvy. This educational software system was released at the Edsurge conference in Los Angeles in April of 2015. Mr. Beltyukov is seeking feedback from math educators and tech support about this online homework space.

Who is Alexei Beltyukov? He is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and educator. He motivates us all on to continuing education by applying its principles to his own entrepreneurship.

Brian Torchin is a chiropractor and he runs HCRC Staffing. Brian Torchin works hard at helping people who have issues with their joints. He takes the time to fix whatever problem they may have so that they could function well. He understands the importance of having joints that function well. He is also very passionate about the work he does as a chiropractor. This is what makes him one of the more well respected healthcare professionals in his industry. He is also someone who is interested in helping people find opportunities. This is what inspired him to put together HCRC staffing.

With HCRC staffing, about.me indicates he works with people in order to help them find jobs in healthcare. He himself understands how difficult it can be to find a job in any industry let alone the healthcare industry. Brian Torchin uses HCRC staffing in order to help people find jobs in the industry. Brian Torchin definitely uses his company in Philadelphia in order to help with the staffing of hospitals and other facilities that are helpful in providing care for people.

Brian Torchin is one person who has the mind to serve people in the healthcare facility. He wants everyone to have a good opportunity to not only make a living, but to help serve people and improve their physical condition. Brian Torchin continues to work with people as a chiropractor and a staffer. He is also involved in sports medicine as well as physical therapy.

Forefront Capital Advisors with its chief executive officer Brad Reifler have partnered with a charitable organization called Easter Seals Dixon Center. Their main objective is to participate in changing the lives of many veterans and military groups, their families and the communities they live in. Easter Seals Dixon Center connects the retired veterans and the military persons to organizations and individuals who require their assistance. This makes them financially stable such that they can participate in community development initiatives and help their families as well. Many military persons are forgotten after retirement and they end up suffering in poverty after long years of committed service to their loved state. Reifler hence has partnered with the organization together with Forefront Capital Advisors to give the lives of the retired militants and veterans a new meaning.

As a start of this new partnership, Forefront Capital Advisors has donated $3 million to the organization that will help run programs in the institution. The program is in existence include education, advocacy, job training, health and wellness and caregiver training services. Reifler believes that partnering with Easter Seals Dixon Center will not only change the financial position of the organization but will help militants and veterans continue with a lifetime of service. This time, will be through private employment that will make them useful in their community. Reifler sees it as a great business opportunity too.

Brad Reifler is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Forefront Advisors a firm that has specialties in giving advises to investors about forex markets and trading of commodities. He studied bachelor’s of economics and political science at Bowdoin College. He is also an American serial entrepreneur and the founder of Pali Capital. He has been in the field for more than 30 years and has highly contributed to the field of business with his advice, build company portfolios and banking. When he founded Pali Capital back in 2005, he was its chief executive officer until 2008, by then he had managed to employ more than 200 employees and making revenues of over $200 million per annum. Reifler made Pali Capital operate in United Kingdom, United States, Latin America, Singapore, and Austria.

He began independent investments long ago in his career by founding Reifler Trading Corporation that was later sold to Refco Inc. Reifler also works as a board member of different companies in different companies. Of the companies that he has played the role of directorship includes Symmetry Property Development, LLC, Root Markets Inc. and ITG Market Research Inc. Brad has overtime held class conversations with middle-income investors to invest more even coming up with products at Forefront Advisors that are fit for savings for middle-income earners.