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The Influence of Dick DeVos in Grand Rapids

Dick and Betsy DeVos have devoted much of their adult lives to producing real change in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The couple are well-known within their state as providing mega donations to the GOP. As major donors to the party, their political influence can be seen in significant changes in state laws that have affected both labor and education.

 

One of the earliest instances of Dick DeVos exerting major influence in the Grand Rapids area came in 1991. At the time, investors in Grand Rapids were planning on building a multi-purpose arena that would house both sports and convention gatherings. The location being considered was right in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids.

 

Dick DeVos was not in favor of that planned expansion. According to DeVos, he was worried about the potential detrimental affect that the convention center might have on the downtown area. DeVos compared the potential convention center’s construction to the construction of the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit. Downtown Detroit experienced a profound loss when the Lions and Pistons left the city. DeVos did not want the same fate falling upon Grand Rapids with the building of the multipurpose convention center.

 

Although DeVos was still working on making his way to the position of CEO in Amway Corp., a company owned by his family, he immediately started a lobby campaign against the convention center’s opening. As a result of DeVos’ campaign efforts, a group of business leaders formed Grand Action, which in turn paved the way for several construction projects in Grand Rapids. The construction of the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids City Market, Michigan State University’s medical school and the DeVos Performance Hall are credited towards positively influencing a city trying to build their downtown and halt suburban sprawl.

 

Dick DeVos is also credited with changing the face of the Grand Rapids airport. When he cold-called AirTran Airways’ CEO to discuss the company coming to the Grand Rapids’ airport, it proved to be a fateful call that would ultimately completely change air travel for the entire West Michigan area. Shortly after AirTran Airways came to Grand Rapids, it was purchased by Southwest. DeVos was part of an essential group of businessmen credited for convincing Southwest to stay and lower their air fares.

 

After successfully convincing Southwest to remain in the area, Dick DeVos established the West Michigan Aviation Academy with his wife. Dick DeVos, who is a longtime pilot, was also elected to the top board of the Federal Aviation Administration in 2017. Membership is given to respected leaders among those who work in operation, policy, and businesses related to aviation.

 

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Chainsmokers member, Alex Pall, reveals all in chat with Interview Magazine

Alex Pall, one half of the acclaimed duo the Chainsmokers, recently sat down with Interview Magazine to reveal a lot about his success and inspiration for music making. Starting with small DJing gigs around New York City, Alex soon realized that music was becoming an important part of his life. He mentions how he was at an art gallery and had an epiphany that dance music was consuming his life and that he wanted to give a music career a real shot. That’s when his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggert, another aspiring music maker, to form the duo that we now know today as the Chainsmokers. The two had instant chemistry. Alex mentions that they first started chatting about the kind of artists they listened to growing up. This soon turned into a conversation about their hopes and ambitions as musical artists. Alex reveals a telling anecdote about their work ethic when he says, “it wouldn’t be like, ‘Hey man, I’ll see you next week’ …It was like, 9 AM to 7 PM, we got together every day and worked on music and creating our identity as artists.” One way that the pair are trying to establish this unique identity as artists is by stepping out from behind the DJ booth. Their new single “Closer” features Andrew as the main vocalist. This is not very common these days and really sets the Chainsmokers apart from other electronic DJs who generally hire unknown vocalists to accompany their tracks. Pall mentions how their songs are about them, so why shouldn’t they be writing and singing their own lyrics. He indicates that when writing a new song, they all sit together in a room, throwing ideas out. Sometimes they write the entire song on their own, sometimes they have some help, but in then end it is always about them. This new approach of making electronic music more personal could set the trend for new wave artists to add more personal touches to their creations. Considering the success of Alex and Andrew, it seems a lot of fans of the genre would welcome it.

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Madison Street Capital Completes Merger Deal With Two Leading Companies

At the beginning of the year 2017, Madison Street Capital completed a merger and acquisition deal with both DCG Software and Spitfire Group. These are two of the leading medium sized technology companies in the United States. Madison Street Capital worked to help the two companies merge in order to During this merger, the firm provided key financial advice that would allow the two companies to find a way to combine their assets and form a new better company that is more prosperous. With this merger, Madison Street Capital has once again proven to be a vital entity when it comes to helping companies reach their full potential.

 

Shortly after this recent merger and acquisition deal was completed, Madison Street Capital CEO Charles Botchway announced the deal being made. He said that the deal was led by Jay Rodgers who was instrumental in working out the details of the merger. According to Botchway, the two companies are led by two excellent management teams which include the CEO of DCG Software Mike Harris and Mark Richtermeyer who is the current CEO of Spitfire. Botchway said that it was a great experience to work with both of these business leaders.

 

From the very first meeting to the closing of the deal, the team led by Jay Rodgers who was able to provide a comprehensive analysis and key insight of the deal. Mike Harris said that he and Mark Richtermeyer plan to work together with the MSC team in order to help grow and expand their respective businesses. This deal will likely allow the two companies to increase the value of the software products they sell as well as improving its overall services. Making this deal will help make the two companies among the most prosperous in the entire technology industry.

 

Madison Street Capital is an international investment banking firm that specializes in serving medium sized companies. The firm works with these types of companies in a variety of industries including technology, automotive and finance. In order to best serve its many clients, Madison Street Capital emphasizes core values of integrity, excellence, leadership and service. As part of its approach to serving companies, the firm looks to adopt a mentality where they are part of the client company. This ensures that the firm always has the client’s best interest. There are a number of services that this firm offers to its clients. These include mergers and acquisitions, financial advisory, business valuation and debt financing. All of these services are available to help clients more efficiently manage their capital and find ways to grow and expand. Over the years, Madison Street Capital has received positive recognition. In recent years, it won a number of key awards in the finance industry including one that entailed debt financing.

 

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Talk Fusion Easy Usage Video Technology

Bob Reina is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of a successful video communication company called Talk Fusion. Talk Fusion was created after he discovered that video email was not available and was thought never even to be possible to develop. Talk Fusion has expanded to countries all over the world and continued to grow every year. The company has been an enormous success since it started. Since starting Bob, Reina has worked hard to make sure that what may seem impossible it proven to be possible. Talk Fusion is continually evolving and becoming a better version of itself to serve all of their customers better whether they be near or far.
Before Talk Fusion came to life, Bob Reina worked as a police officer in Florida. He worked in marketing on the side to put some extra money in his pocket so that he would be able to take care of his family. He discovered the need for a company like Talk Fusion after he went house hunting and found out that sending videos through email was something that had not been created. Sending video through email was never thought to be possible, but Bob Reina worked to prove everyone wrong. Bob Reina has been able to have much success with Talk Fusion by being determined to help people lead easier lives.
The technology that Talk Fusion carries makes communication easy for people inside and outside of the business market. The quality of the products that they have continues to get better. Bob Reina thought of Talk Fusion on his own, but he needed help from someone tech savvy to bring his idea to life. Reina has been very accepting of the fact that one person may not be able to do everything on their own. Everyone is not as good at something as someone else may be. Bob Reina has built his company around the theme of working together to achieve success in the video communication market. Bob Reina’s goal of helping people and giving back has aided in him being known as a very caring, considerate person. Learn more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bob-reina-talk-fusion-ceo-returns-as-guest-author-to-martech-advisor-300411047.html

 

 

 

 

 

Betsy DeVos: Individualizing Education

Simply because Betsy DeVos is a successful heir does not mean that she does not understand how hard it is to make decisions that will impact the future of her children. Every parent frets over what is best for their children and what kind of adult they’re gonna grow into. They want the very best for their children, but sometimes when it comes to their education it feels as though they are handcuffed to the public school that services their community. What are they supposed to do when that public school begins hemorrhaging funds and teachers? They are stuck there and they feel as though there is nothing that they can do to change their situation. In many instances, parents don’t know that there are other options available to them. They believe that the only way that they can get out of such a situation is through private school or moving. That is not always the case, DeVos mentioned in a recent interview with the online Journal Philanthropy Roundtable. Parents can find affordable options that align with their budgetary needs and still offer their children a better future.

 

Michigan is one of the leading states for school choice. It is no coincidence that Betsy DeVos hails from this forward-thinking state. She has been an outspoken philanthropist and advocate for a functioning school choice system within that state. While her plans do call for a diversion of funds to the school choice systems, it is not intended to starve out the public-school system. The problem is that the public-school system has reached a point of complacency. They do not feel challenged to keep their current student population because the attendance for their institution is based on geography and is somewhat mandatory. DeVos believes that if the public schools were challenged they would be more open to the necessary changes that would help resolve a lot of the issues that students face. States such as Indiana, Louisiana, and Florida are already passing legislation that will support more school choice programming.

 

So, what does this mean for parents? Well, parents should become more informed as to which type of options are available to them. Regardless of where parents are located they always have the option of enrolling their children in an online institution. This will allow them to act as a step in for other teachers within the child’s environment and take on a more supportive role in the education process. Students will see that the material is shown at a pace that is easier for them to maintain. Another advantage of an online institution is that parents can match the material to their children’s learning style and hopefully increase the marks that their children receive. It is easier to learn something when it is presented to you in a style that you find thrilling or entertaining. Visual learners can learn visually, and auditory learners can hear the material, while those students that need a more hands-on approach can work with their parents on specific examples. DeVos is not looking to kill the system with change, but to individualize it.

 

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NGP VAN is introducing MINIVAN, “The New Way To Canvas”

When it comes to canvassing for any purpose, going out door to door is the #1 method, as you are face to face and engaging the public at large. The burden is when the actual canvassers have a hard time relaying the data of their day to day activities and also of the reception of the days tasks…welcome NGP VAN, the new way to canvas. NGP VAN have developed a new way to provide canvassers with a seamless flow of information to be used on a day to day cycle, this new way is called MINIVAN. With minivan, a canvasser can simply use their smartphone device to view their neighborhood and surrounding area along with the ability to check off what they have done, whether it’s notating nobody was home, or its to notate what time of the day the home was visited and was anyone there. MINIVAN allows the flow of information to reach the organization, not like the traditional pen and paper approach which can easily be lost amidst a pile of other paper or simply not followed up with. NGP VAN has developed a way that makes the role of the canvasser exciting and fun because you can notate whether a door was knocked on or whether a conversation was held, the benefits are endless because a happy canvasser can produce a happy client at large. The canvasser role has just become easier and fun. With NGP VAN new innovative technology, the organizer of the mission can create a list, a topic of interest and use the MINIVAN MANAGER to send to the canvasser smartphone through MINIVAN, a there it is, in real time data for the canvasser to follow up. The good thing about this is that the canvasser can actually notate what actions were taken during the day, they can also notate whether or not a certain area had been canvassed already, so as to not repeat the same location within a period of time. NGP VAN has definitely changed the game of canvassing. NGP VAN is a Washington DC  firm.

 

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Michael Lacey, Prominent Mathematician

Michael Lacey has reached near the pinnacle of his field in mathematics. He has become a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. There, he laid the foundation for graduates, undergraduates, and postdoctoral students alike to accomplish the same feats as himself. Lacey has been giving advice to many undergraduates who eventually join the ranks in graduate school. Overall, he has a credit of 10 post doctoral students to his name under his tutelage. But it wasn’t always this way for Michael Lacey. Born in 1959 he is an American mathematician with many awards to his name. Because of his success, he has been allowed to be the director of many monetary grants like VIGRE and MCTP from the NSF, or National Science Foundation.

 

It all started out when he achieved his doctorate degree in 1987 at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has worked on many mathematical series related to probability, ergodic theory, and most notably harmonic analysis. Additionally he has made a thesis of banach spaces, which is in the realm of iterated logarithms. In his post-doctorate life, Lacey attained a seat with UNC, also known as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did the same as well at Louisiana State University, or LSU. In Chapel Hill, Lacey and cohort Walter Phillipp worked on the central limit theorem, which is a main principle of probability in mathematics.

 

By age 30 years old in 1989, Lacey migrated to Indiana University where he eventually received accolades from the National Science Foundation Fellowship. At Indiana, he was studying bilinear Hilbert transform. At the time this was only a conjecture, until the year 1996. Beginning in ’96, Lacey started his professorship at GIT, Georgia Institute of Technology. Eventually Michael Lacy received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work together with cohort Xiaochun Li; He has also received awards from the Simons Foundation. More information on Michael Lacy can be found here.

Whitney Wolfe Faces Lawsuit over Patent Infringements

     A little more than two weeks have gone by since Match Group Founder filed a lawsuit against Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe for Patent Infringement. Whitney Wolfe was a former employee of one of Match Group’s dating service companies, Tinder. Wolfe left the company after she filed suit against the company for sexual harassment charges. The company settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Since leaving the flagship company, Whitney Wolfe has been busy raising a flag for her own company after she received a massive injection of support from Andrey Andreev, the Russian Billionaire, and Badoo Founder. Andreev funded Bumble with 10 million dollars to start for a 79% of the company. Andreev already has several dating apps and found a deep interest in teaming up with Whitney Wolfe when he learned of her plans for a dating app which focused on women having the first choice in men who were interested in pursuing relationships with them. WIth Bumble when women are looking at pictures of possible suitors they wife thru photos of the men and if they are interested, they swipe right, but if not interested they swipe left.

Match Group claims in the lawsuit that there are similarities between the Tinder app and the Bumble app, which are proprietary to the Tinder app and that these similarities were infringed upon by Bumble while Whitney Wolfe was still employed with Tinder and she was aware of the structure of the Tinder app. Whitney Wolfe has recently countersued Match Group for interfering with her business by trying to enter into deals for acquiring Bumble.

Whitney Wolfe was married to Michael Herd, an heir of Texas oil in September of 2017. They spent their honeymoon on the Italian Amalfi Coast. Wolfe’s wedding dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta. The couple has known one another since Valentine’s Day of 2014.

How Basis by Elysium Health Can Support Your Cells

Dr. Leonard Guarente and Elysium Health

Elysium Health is a health company working to translate advances in science and technology into clinically-validated health products that work and help people live healthier, longer.

The company was co-founded by Dr. Leonard Guarente, an MIT scientist who has conducted significant research on the molecular and genetic causes of aging. He also serves as the director of the Paul F. Glenn Laboratory for Biology of Aging at MIT.

The Study of the Cells

Elysium Health works together with scientists from world-class institutions including Yale. These scientists make up the company’s scientific advisory board who guide the direction of the company and its research.

The Basis of Good Health and Youth

The first supplement created by Elysium Health is called Basis. This supplement is based on more than 25 years of aging research and works to increase levels of a coenzyme called NAD+ in our cells. NAD+ is essential to many of our cellular functions, including energy creation, DNA protection, and circadian rhythms. As we get older, our levels of NAD+ decline and those functions break down.

In 2016, a clinical trial put on by Elysium Health proved that Basis increased levels of NAD+ in humans by an average of 40 percent.  The results of this study were published in the peer-reviewed science journal npj: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease.

To place an order for Basis today, visit Elysium Health’s website. The company sells Basis in a variety of monthly subscriptions. A standard monthly subscription costs $50 each month. Longer subscriptions cost more upfront but offer discounts on the monthly rate. A six-month subscription costs $270, breaking down to $45 per month. A 12-month subscription costs $480, breaking down to $40 per month.

https://www.thecut.com/2016/08/is-Elysium-healths-basis-the-fountain-of-youth.html

Psi-Pay Takes Payment Processing To New Heights

PSI-Pay is an alternative banking solution that allows members to deposit and withdraw funds from the local banking network in 44 currencies, across 173 countries.

The evolution of contactless payments is occurring in today’s market where the need for efficiency is growing, just as the rate at which technology is being developed steadily increases. Due to the public eye being turned to these fairly new technologies, experts are predicting tremendous levels of growth in the coming years. PSI-Pay provides digital account and payment card facilities to an international market, they have partnered with Kerv, one of the leading innovators in the alternative payments industry to introduce the world’s first, contactless payment ring.

Psi-Pay is a principal member of Mastercard, meaning they are licensed to use Mastercard’s contactless product, PayPass. PayPass uses safe and secure encryption to guard private information and transaction data. Mastercard also offers Zero Liability protection to PayPass users. As a member of Mastercard, Psi-Pay offers top quality products, and virtual and physical card programs made available to companies and individuals. In recent years, PSI has focused on improving supplier relationships, and they’ve continuously invested in furthering their technological capabilities emphasizing on security. 2015 was a great year for PSI-Pay, business volumes increased by 29 percent, and income revenue was also up by 45 percent.

PSI-Pay has a decent sized social media presence, with followers on multiple platforms. On Facebook, you can find them under their affiliated brand name ecoPayz. Although their followers amount to upwards of 3,700, their engagement ratio is rather low. On Twitter, they have about 150 followers, and they post quite frequently. It seems like they might be able to grow their social media presence, as it would assist in adding social proof to their brand. People tend to trust brands with a large number of followers.

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