Dick DeVos Leading in community Initiatives

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts fund raising managed to exceed the target set for the planned expansion project. The organization choose however decided to continue rising the funds and are now targeting $50 million extra.


The Kennedy Center press release reported that the campaign had locked $135.9 million for the project. The campaign begun back in 2013. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has supported the cause with a donation of $1 million.


Dick DeVos has had a great career having worked in different executive positions. He has worked with the Amway, NBA Orlando Magic, and The Windquest where he still serves as the president.


When Dick DeVos was the President of Amway, he managed all aspects of the firm’s operations which were in 50 different countries. In his final year working for Amway, the company reported sales of $4.5 billion. Before Dick DeVos was promoted to become the President of Amway he was the vice president and was in charge of operations in 18 countries outside North America. At some point, DeVos also served as the CEO and President of Orlando Magic after his family acquired the team.


DeVos has used his success in business to support a broad range of community initiatives. Education Freedom Fund that he started has given more than 4,000 scholarships to disadvantaged children in Michigan. He Founded West Michigan Aviation Academy and is on the board of education in the school. The school aims at providing arduous training programs which are aviation focused. DeVos has contributed to improving healthcare including a $212 million convention center, $75 million downtown arena, $90 million medical schools, $130 million heart hospital, and a $30 million Downtown Market.


Dick DeVos has also written a best-seller book, (Recovering American Values) which was published in 1997.


DeVos does enjoy sailing and has also won twice the National Champion Sailor. Also, he is a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot.


Dick DeVos is a graduate of Northwood University and has been married to Betsy for over 35 years.


West Michigan Aviation is a public charter high school that offers free tuition to students. Dick DeVos founded the school with support from his wife, Betsy. They began the school owing to their passion for education and aviation. West Michigan Aviation opened its doors in 2010 in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds.


In 2010 the school first class was a renovated 25,000 sq. ft. Office space. Later on, the school was able to expand. West Michigan Aviation has seen rapid growth with the expansion that has provided more expanded space. The developments have made it easy for curriculum, student life and aviation programs become easier. The school capacity can now accommodate 500 students.

Best New Inmmate Communication App

Securus may be the best when it comes to communication with inmates. There are many moms, dads, brothers and sisters that want to get connected to their family members that are behind bars. I have found this app on Linked In, Securus may have the best for a video communication chat session.
Many people have embraced this because they are tired of going to the prisons to see someone. Securus is a company that has developed lots of law enforcement programs, but I am certain that this is the most innovative of all that is out there.

I think that this app is just right for those people that are trying to embrace the concept of doing things at home. I shop at home, and I also pay most of my bills at home. I have decided that I have better things to do than visit a prison when I am trying to visit someone. That is why I have made the decisions to utilize the app. It certainly is beneficial for me to have a company like this that is bringing this type of software into play.

In a BBB.org company review, Securus brand has emerged victoriously as the go-to company when it comes to this type of software. I think that this company is one that is growing in leaps and bounds with all the people that are embracing the app. Most people like this software because it is easy to use. There are no complicated setup features to deal with. People can fund their accounts and find the prison where the inmate is located. From this people are able to connect and start using the software to do everything that they need to get done. This is why people like Securus. The connection is quick, and it is very easy to use.

Full story: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/securus-presents-to-over-400-prisonjail-customers-since-grand-opening-of-technology-center-300260314.html

Learn more about Securus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securus_Technologies


Alaor Famous BMG Recap

BMG Bank’s CEO, Marcio Alaor, took in the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and gave his recommendations on exhibits that were the best. One comment he made is that this year’s CES did not have any particular new product, service, or even very original technology that was the talk of the Internet. Most products shown had been presented before, but did have incremental improvements showing. Mostly he thought there were a lot of cool new ways that people have adapted existing ideas into new product areas.

General Motors (GM) made a splash with their final modifications to the Chevy Bolt for 2017, which will actually be available in GM lots sometime later this year. Hybrid and electric concept cars were also the themes for both Ford and Volkswagen.

The biggest interest came from a new type of air travel, albeit solo travel. Mr. Alaor also mentioned appliances with more remote and robotic functionality to take advantage of always available remote computing.

The Ehang 184 is a very large remote controlled drone aircraft that is big enough to carry one passenger. Sure, drones are everywhere now, but according to Mr. Alaor, never one like this. It was invented by a company in China that plans to offer an personal transport service.

The passenger will not be able to pilot the vehicle. Piloting will be done remotely by professionally trained drone pilots and only on preplanned flight paths. Theirs was the only drone booth completely mobbed! Marcio Alaor pointed out that he might have just seen the beginnings of flying cars, as long joked about in the cartoon show, The Jetsons.

Samsung showed a future model refrigerator with automated features and an Internet-connected video camera. If you are at the supermarket and forget exactly what you need, just ask the fridge at home to have a video conversation with you. It will show you what is still on a shelf and you can see what is missing. It will retail for about $5,000 USD. Marcio’s observations can be Found on Exame.com.

BMG has become a traditional bank, with over 85 years of history in Brazil, that is growing into the type of bank customers expect in the modern world. He has made sure BMG upgraded to the latest banking systems, he has also improved avenues for investment through new investor services. Read more on the Blog for Marcio Alaor.

Ricardo Guimaraes, Presidente of Banco BMG Presents the Forbes List of Top American MBA Programs

Ricardo Guimarães, do BMG, traz o ranking da Forbes sobre os MBAs mais concorridos dos EUA: confira!

If you want to have a successful business career, (especially in our increasingly global economy), it’s important to be well-rounded. Business professionals that have both experience and education will do much better than those that try to build careers on personality and charisma alone.

Of course business is about making money, and salesmanship is a huge part of it. However, when businesses reach the corporate level, it’s important for professionals to understand:

-How complex corporate business structures work,
-How to build brand recognition,
-How to manage stockholders and boards of directors,
-How to market their products and services effectively, and
-How to communicate with colleagues and associates from all over the world in a professional manner

Overnight Success Story or a Lifetime in the Making?

It’s important to understand that there are many reasons people wind up doing well in business. Sometimes you don’t hear about the years of struggle. You only see the outcome that looks like an overnight success.

You must score above 700 on your Graduate Management Admission Test, (GMAT), to get into school to study for your MBA. The Leonard N. Stern School of Business requires the lowest score at 710, while Stanford, Harvard and Booth require the highest score at 730. The other schools have GMAT requirements that fall somewhere in the middle. However, you can’t go wrong with an MBA from any of these prestigious universities.

1. Approximately 7% of students graduate from Stanford Business School annually with an MBA. Tuition is $126,000 per year.

2. Approximately 12% of students graduate from Harvard Business School annually with an MBA. Tuition is $139,000 per year.

3. Approximately 24% of students graduate from Booth School of Business annually with an MBA. Tuition is $128,000 per year.

4. Approximately 20% of students graduate from The Warton School of Business annually with an MBA. Tuition is $137,000 per year.

5. Approximately 13% of students graduate from the Haas School of Business annually with an MBA. Tuition is $110,000 per year.

6. Approximately 22% of students graduate from The Tuck School of Business annually with an MBA. Tuition is $135,000 per year.

7. Approximately 24% of students graduate from Yale School of Management annually with an MBA. Tuition is $124,000 per year.

8. The number of students who graduate from The Kellogg School of Management annually with an MBA is not made public. Tuition is $127,600 per year.

9. Approximately 18% of students graduate from The Columbia Business School annually with an MBA. Tuition is $136,000 per year.

10. Approximately 10.8% of students graduate from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business annually with an MBA. Tuition is $131,000 per year.