Dick DeVos Has Been A Part Of Many Business And Political Endeavors

Dick DeVos seems to have been everywhere and done everything in his lifetime, having a long history in business, politics and philanthropy. DeVos has run his own company, The Windquest Group for many years now, and has invested in many local businesses through it.

Just recently they acquired the majority of shares of a Holland, MI brewing company. He’s also the husband of Betsy DeVos, a woman who has fought for school of choice and expanding private and charter schools in Michigan, and the person who’s also been picked by President-Elect Donald Trump to head the US Department of Education.

Dick DeVos worked for his family’s company, Amway Corporation starting back in 1974 and staying till the year 2002. Amway was co-founded by Dick’s father, Richard DeVos Sr. who built a company that sells household products and health and beauty supplies directly to the customer, and the customer can become an independent business owner who resells those products. Learn more about Dick DeVos: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html

Richard DeVos Sr. is also the majority share owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick started out in various managerial roles at the company, and then became a vice president in the mid 1980s. Dick briefly left the company to serve as CEO of the Magic after his father bought the team, but returned in 1993 to become CEO of Amway and spent about 10 years expanding the company’s operations. He then stepped down to exclusively run The Windquest Group along with his wife Betsy.

Dick also served on the board at Grand Action Committee, a group of local business owners and civic leaders who helped bring in new building projects to downtown Grand Rapids. He also ran for the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990 and held the position for 2 years.

He and Betsy have channeled most of their philanthropy through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, primarily focusing on education reform and starting scholarships for underprivileged families. They have also supported private school voucher programs and helped establish charter schools in Michigan, including their own West Michigan Aviation Academy. Read more: The Windquest Group – Contact

Betsy served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party for a few years, and Dick ran for governor in the 2006 race, coming up short to then governor Jennifer Granholm. Dick also authored the book Rediscovering American Values in 1998 in which he explains how important free market economics and other traditional values are to America.

The DeVos’s also donated a large amount of money to the Kennedy Center in Washington who renamed their art institute to their namesake.

Securus Technologies Helps Families Bond During the Holidays

In a recent video titled Securus Family Communication during Christmas, Securus Technologies advertised their video visitation program. The video was of a man talking to his son in one Christmas morning. Communication was made possible via a video camera. The viewer could also see the other person in the correction facility. The audience at the other end was a child who was home. While the two were talking, the boy went ahead to open a Christmas present. Although the father was detained, he could still share Christmas with his family. The video visitation feed has made this possible.

 

The video visitation visit is about how families can stay connected. Families can have a real moment even when one of them is imprisoned. The biggest benefit is to a child that gets to see his father. The kind of technology provided by Securus is an experience and not another product. Every child wants a Christmas gift from their parents. With the parent away, Children sometimes get deeply frustrated. The festive season may not be the best time for these kids. However, it is amazing to see an incarcerated father spend time with the child. The two share a special moment regardless of the fact that the father is imprisoned.

 

Throughout the Christmas and holiday season, the technology company allows inmates to speak to their families. The application rolled out a few years ago and is available in many correction facilities. The video visitation program has changed the lives of many. Securus understands the full significance of holiday. They know that giving children a chance to spend time with their parents is the best gift. These reasons led Securus to develop the video visitation tool.

 

Inmates and families always find it difficult to lead a normal family life. The lack of communication creates a separation that is hard to handle. Communications for families in correction facilities is critical as it helps strengthen the family bond. Many families with people in correction facilities spend countless hours visiting their loved ones. These visits are usually not easy, a parent working full time may find it difficult to get a day off. However, the video visitation program has created a great convenience and a unique family bond.

 

 

The Political Arm of George Soros

George Soros is a powerful figure in the world of politics. The wealthy billionaire has been a strong supporter of the Democratic Party for many years. He has been willing to put his fortune behind the causes he believes in. This includes presidential candidates as well as charitable organizations. Soros had scaled back his involvement in politics. However, the emergence of Donald Trump reinvigorated his desire to influence the presidential election. George Soros’ contributions amounted to tens of millions of dollars in support of Hillary Clinton. Soros truly believed that the Republican Party would not move to address any of the issues that he thought were important to the country.

Ironically, Soros supported the Barack Obama campaign that ran against Hillary Clinton. This is a decision that he would come to regret. George Soros felt like he never got the return on his investment in Obama. As Obama’s presidency evolved, the President did not seem committed to the issues that Soros considered important. He supported Obama again as he ran for a second term. However, it was known among his constituents that he actually favored Clinton. Sources say that he found her more accessible, and easier to relate to. Soros’s relationship with Barack Obama never developed into what he felt it should have been.

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Many figured George Soros had lost his taste for politics after his experience with Barack Obama. He had dialed back his political contributions. Much of his charitable investments turned to philanthropic agendas. Soros committed 13 billion dollars over the span of several years to various human rights organizations. Issues such as healthcare and the spread of democracy throughout Europe received much of his attention. Supporting education in the U.S. and around the world has also been a top priority for Mr. Soros.

The emergence of Donald Trump inspired Soros to return to the world of politics. Trump posed a major threat to the Democratic Party. Soros would go on to become one of the largest contributors to the Hillary Clinton campaign in an effort to defeat the Republican nominee. His contributions allowed Clinton to amass financial support that more than doubled the Trump campaign. Soros was inspired by the Clinton effort. It was reported to then Secretary of State that he felt his connection with her was stronger then what he had with President Obama. He regretted backing Obama against Clinton in previous years. Soros called it a mistake. He revealed to Hillary Clinton that he likes to admit regrettable decisions. This endeared him to Clinton supporters.

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