Dick DeVos grew up in a household of businessmen and entrepreneurs and eventually became one himself. His father, Richard DeVos, was the co-founder of Amway, and Dick ended up serving as the CEO of the company for almost a decade. He became interested in politics later in his life and ran to serve as governor of Michigan but lost to the incumbent.
Dick DeVos has always been talented, and he studied at Northwood University, where he would eventually receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was also recognized with honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University. DeVos has been a proponent of educational choice over the years and has also helped to pass legislation in the state of Michigan that helped to offer educational opportunities to students.
Dick DeVos has called Grand Rapids, Michigan his home for a long time and has done a lot to make the city a better place to live. During the 1990s, he was a large part of efforts to shut down an attempt to construct an arena and convention center near the downtown region of the city. While it sounded like a good idea to many people, he knew from experience that it would have been a huge mistake. A similar idea had won approval in Detroit during the 1970s, and the city was left with a big bill once its sports teams, the Lions and Pistons, vacated the city.
Dick DeVos did not want to see the same thing happen in Grand Rapids, and he lobbied heavily against it. During these lobbying efforts, he helped to put together Grand Action, which is a group of business leaders who have since helped to improve the city. The way they have done this is by helping to get many of the city’s most well known buildings constructed. The city now has a separate convention center, performance hall, and arena thanks to Grand Action.
Dick DeVos has also helped Grand Rapids by putting together the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is a public high school that operates on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school is so popular today that it holds a public lottery every year to award students a place there. The school operates like a public school, which means tuition is free to students, but Dick DeVos has continued to support it to make it better through countless donations of millions of dollars.
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Unroll.me announces to close all its ties with European users as it doesn’t adhere to the GDPR’s requirements. The Email management and tracking company will no longer serve EU Users after GDPR’s deadline which is effective from May 24.
Unroll.me has served its clients for many years in the United States and Europe who had to scroll all the way to unsubscribe unwanted emails or spam messages in their inbox email. The application is famous for rolling all such emails at one place and unsubscribing them with just a click.
The company wrote in a section on its website that they will stop extending their support to the EU Users as of the 23rd of May because they are unable to comply with all the GDPR’s regulations so any existing user will be deleted permanently under the given deadline.
According to Unroll.me’s privacy and policies, the company may share collected data and personal information of the users with the parent company, i.e. Slice Technologies, affiliated companies, and trusted service providers. Non-affiliated partners or service providers are not authorized to use the information if they don’t comply with legal requirements or have no rights to disclose personal information.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to implement new data privacy rules in Europe. Many companies won’t be serving anymore in Europe as GDPR puts a certain restriction on sharing or processing personal information and requires that the user has given consent whose personal data is being processed. GDPR also aims to bury any information that demands consent from the users whose personal data is being processed but are difficult to find.
Most of the regulations by GDPR are enforced by data protection authorities who demand companies to be upfront about their intentions for using such personal information of the users.
Therefore, the consent could be asked in the form of a written agreement with clear words and plain language from the respected user.
Currently, Unroll.me demands time to comply with the regulatory standards of GDPR for its European Users and hopes to serve them again under the data protection policies.
Luxury consignment store The RealReal has succeeded in reselling designer name brands both in a brick and mortar store and online, and the business is expanding with the use of technology. When The RealReal first appeared on the scene, it was the brainchild of CEO Julie Wainwright who had a passion for searching for luxury items and giving them a new home. The RealReal started as an online luxury consignment store. Wainwright started the business out of her home with the goal of giving customers a luxury consumer experience when they shopped for luxury goods.
Though The RealReal first started online when success as a luxury consignment store was apparent The RealReal opened a brick and mortar store. Now, an app is available for consumers that are interested in either buying or selling luxury goods. The app is an easy way to shop or consign an item. Keep an eye on The RealReal’s Instagram for an easy way to keep up with new luxury items that are being sold.
It isn’t rare to find colorful photographs showcasing The RealReal’s luxury items. A pair of Fendi western style boots recently had center stage on Instagram. The designer boots bore Fendi’s Zucca logo created by famed designer Karl Lagerfeld in the ’90s. Fendi has recently reintroduced the vintage logo on some of its products. Instagrammers were quick to ask if the stylish boots were available but must look for another option as the boots sold quickly. The RealReal offers an extensive catalog of luxury goods and will surely have other options but if you want to know when another pair of Fendi western style boots are for sale follow The RealReal on Instagram.
We have all heard of top selling coffee brands like folgers and Maxwell house but have you heard of Organo Gold? Organo Gold produces blended coffees, hot chocolate, teas, and lattes. The blend of their products is unusual to say the least. Organo Gold blends their grommet beans with a mushroom known as ganoderma or reishi. Lets take a look at the history behind this company.
When and who founded it?
In 2008 Bernardo Chua and his co-partner Shane Morand founded this company. They operate Organo Gold with a scientific advisory board with members such as Dr. Irma Prado and Li Ye.
How good are they?
Coffee is ranked the second most consumed beverage in the world. But with all these coffee shops and stores carrying the most popular brands, Organo Gold has been cashing in on individual sellers who promote their products. In 2010 the companies top earners made between $350,000 and $4,000,000 a year. Not to shabby!
How do they run it?
This company is ran though multilevel marketing. Individuals purchase these products through the companies wholesale then work to promote and sell these products in recurring fashion. The distributors, sales teams, and the company share profits as part of their domino effect system.
Seems like Organo Gold is doing amazing with their multilevel marketing system. The founders made a good decision to create something that seems strange but actually had a market for. Blending mushrooms with coffee beans to make coffee healthier was a smart move.
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Since the company started, OSI Food Solutions has always been doing what they can to meet the needs their clients have. They want to make sure their clients get the best advice possible and they can help them in every way. The company spent a lot of time figuring out how to help clients and how to make things easier for them so they would be able to give them the service they needed.
It was important to OSI Food Solutions to make sure they could help all the clients who needed it instead of worrying about the issues that came from the industry standards. They were unlike every other food service company in the industry and that caused some problems for the other businesses. Since OSI is so good at what they do, the competition struggles to keep up with the things the clients want.
OSI Food Solutions knows they are among the best companies in the food service industry and they use that to help other people get the options that might help them succeed. They also use their opportunities to help more people get the chance to succeed. After they spent time learning about how they could help and what they needed to do to give more people these options, they felt they were coming up with positive experiences. It was their goal to always give back instead of trying to make things harder on the people they worked with.
It took some time for OSI Food Solutions to make sure they were among the best and to give clients even more options to use, but they felt confident they could keep doing things the right way. They had a lot of goals in mind and they always wanted people to see them as one of the best companies in the industry. It also made them want to help even more people. Now that they’ve doubled their chicken production, they feel good about the options they have for their clients. It gives them a chance to try things that are different from what they’re used to using.
Everyone who uses email knows how frustrating it can be in having to sort through a barrage of advertisements and newsletter subscriptions in order to find important emails. After realizing that others were consistently overlooking his emails, Jojo Hedaya realized the need for a technology that would be able to sort critical emails from the junk that quickly fills up everyone’s inboxes.
Entrepreneurs Jojo Hedaya and his partner Josh Rosenwald created Unroll.Me in 2011 out of their own personal frustrations with junk email. The technology behind Unroll.Me is able to scan your inbox in just seconds and assemble the non-critical emails into one email which they refer to as The Rollup. You can then schedule a time when you want to review your Rollup and also be able to unsubscribe to all of them at once with just a click of the mouse.
Jojo Hedaya never imagined himself as an entrepreneur. He was attending college but after starting Unroll.Me, he knew he was onto something special with his application that has managed to accomplish what the competition hadn’t in making the service user friendly and simple to use. Jojo eventually dropped out of college in order to focus on the company. He really appreciates the ideal that he and Josh have been able to successfully grow the business despite the dismal statistics of many startups and that it was one of the best decisions he has made along with a good amount of luck on his side.
In 2014, Rakuten-owned Shopping app Slice, purchased Unroll.Me as a means for their customers to track their orders and packages. While this seems these two applications are a stark contradiction, they really do flatter each other in many ways. By partnering with Slice, Jojo is able to focus on improving Unroll.Me’s applications with the luxury of letting day to day operations rest in the hands of Slice’s management team.
Unroll.Me is headquartered in New York City and both Jojo Hedaya and Josh Rosenwald still manage Unroll.Me for now and are currently working on a mobile app version to be released sometime in the near future.
Hussain Sajwani is currently placed at position three by Forbes on its list of the richest self-made professionals in the Middle East at an estimated net value of $4 billion. He accumulated this wealth by creating two of the most successful companies in their respective industries, Damac properties in real estate and Global Logistics Services in the hospitality niche. However, the 63-year-old remains ever humble and hasn’t forgotten his humble background.
The Damac owner is a beneficiary of an educational scholarship program by the University of Washington. Having been born and raised in a middle-class family where his father owned a shop in the outskirts of Dubai, Hussain Sajwani believes the scholarship played a key role in introducing him to the world. This explains why he is constantly donating to charity and participates in numerous philanthropic courses. Hussain also seeks to redefine philanthropy.
Hussain Sajwani’s involvement in philanthropy
Among the numerous philanthropic courses that the Damac owner contributes to regularly, uplifting the lives of children across the world remains his dearest. To back this, Hussain recently donated over AED 2 million to different not-for-profit organizations that promote the rights of children. This fund was specifically meant to help dress the millions of impoverished children in different parts of the world.
Hussain Sajwani love for children would also manifest when he offered to support the Dubai government’s efforts in uplifting the living conditions of children in the country. And while this course that seeks to address the rights of deprived children will start in Dubai, he remains hopeful that it will soon spread to the rest of the world, particularly in the developing countries.
How is the Damac owner redefining philanthropy?
Having been involved in the real estate industry for over four decades, Hussain Sajwani appreciates the role his company plays in the society. He understands that apart from the direct employment the company has made, it also contributes to the sustainability of the communities in which it operates in.
He has therefore constantly made risky business decisions like furthering construction and breaking ground even in times of economic uncertainties in a bid to avoid affecting this community’s livelihood. While this has often hurt his net worth and company shares, Hussain writes it off as a much-needed philanthropic act.
Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is the founder and the present Chairman of CAOA`s Board of Directors, an automotive company founded in 1979. Dr. Carlos is also a respected doctor by profession. In 1979 during his first year in his career, Dr. Carlos bought a Ford Landau from Ford dealership, although the dealership was declared bankruptcy before the car was delivered to him. As a result of failure to provide the car Dr. Carlos proposed the bankrupt Ford dealership to be passed to him as compensation. This became the source of CAOA which grew very fast becoming the main Ford dealership in Latin America within a period of less than six years.
Hitherto burn, which prohibited Brazilians` from importing cars was lifted in 1992. CAOA became the official and only importer of Renault cars in Brazil, the same year. Over the years CAOA gained popularity and many companies partnered in marketing their automotive. By 2006 the CAOA Group had maintained the led in Latin America as the largest Ford dealer as well as exclusive importers and distributors of the Subaru and Hyundai brands in Brazil.
In April 2007 a dream for Dr. Carlos came true after he inaugurated his own and first Hyundai Automobile plant in the District of Anapolis, state of Goias. The land was preferred because of its strategic position for massive development and distribution of vehicles in Brazil and neighboring countries. After this accomplishment, Dr. Carlos was given a title as Entrepreneur of the Year in Industry from IstoE Dinheiro Magazine. The same Magazine identified Anapolis factory as the Good doer Company because of their effort in conserving the environment through recycling of the vehicle waste and participation in reforestation of Brazilian Midwest.
The company was also recognized by Carta Capital magazine as the most admired company for three consecutive years. Recently South Korea`s Hyundai Company awarded Dr. Carlos as the Distributor of the Year competing with 179 Hyundai dealers globally. It was the first time Hyundai presented the award to a distributor outside Europe, and this came as a great honor for Hyundai dealers and pride to Brazilians.
Paul Mampilly, an American investor and former hedge fund manager, was born in India to a struggling family. Despite the hardships he faced during his childhood, he pursued education at attained his MBA in 1996 from Fordham University.
Paul Mampilly kicked off his career on Wall Street where he worked as an assistant portfolio manager with Bankers Trust in 1991. Soon, it became clear that his unique talents would propel him quickly through the ranks. In fact, he eventually held a prominent position at Deutsche and ING where he was responsible for managing multi-million dollar accounts. In 2006, Paul was recruited to manage the hedge fund for a $6 billion firm named Kinetics Asset Management. He soon managed to increase the firm’s assets to $25 billion.
Some of his most notable clients have been European aristocracy, Swiss private banks, the Templeton Foundation, and several fortune 500 companies. Among his unique talents, is Paul Mampilly’s ability to pinpoint small businesses with unique and promising business models. He has shared his knowledge with many people when he worked as a Hedge Fund Consultant and Financial Advisory Editor.
Eventually, Paul Mampilly shifted his interest from Wall Street to help everyday people make money from their investments. Today, he serves as the senior editor at Banyan Hill Publishing. Through his writings, he tries to teach Main Street Americans how to make wealth through technology, investing and many other special opportunities. In fact, he is the founder of the newsletter named Profits Unlimited. This newsletter acts as a subscriber’s guide into stocks.
Aside from his job as a senior editor, Paul also manages two major trading services True Momentum and Extreme Fortunes. He is also the man behind a weekly column- Winning Investor Daily which is the firm’s newsletter. Paul Mampilly is also the founder of The Capuchin Group where he served as the editor, author, and publisher. Moreover, he has been featured on Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and in 2008, he won the Templeton Foundation Investment Competition for his $50 million portfolio.
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There is a growing concern among financial analysts that the stock market has just about run its course. It has been one of the longest bull markets in stock market history. One economist, Ted Bauman, feels that the US stock market is going to crash very soon. Mr. Bauman earned his economics degree while living in South Africa. He spent twenty years of his career working in the nonprofit sector helping the less fortunate with housing needs. All of his experiences have led him to believe that society should do its part to help the less fortunate. He currently is an editor for Banyan Hill Publishing and has helped thousands of subscribers to make wise financial decisions.
One stock market crash scenario that Ted Bauman points out is where stocks would revert to the mean. He feels that the US stock market is more overvalued now than any other time in history, except for the dot.com bubble of the 1990s. The tool he used to measure the value of the overall stock market is the CAPE ratio. The current reading for the ratio is 32 and if stocks were to return to fair value the ratio would have to fall to a reading 17. There are many on Wall Street who feel that the stock market is extremely overvalued as well, however, they feel the bull market will continue for a little while longer and are complacent about overvaluation. It is only a matter of time before more traders come to the same conclusion and begin selling stocks all at once. This will cause the stock market to fall rapidly. To know more about him click here.
Another stock market crash scenario pointed out by Ted Bauman is the famous October 1987 crash. It was the largest one-day equities crash in US stocks in history. The majority of traders panicked and sold all their stocks as quickly as possible. This proved to be a big mistake because had they held their stocks until the end of the year, they would have made a ten percent rate of return. This same scenario could happen today with the stock market crashing suddenly and bouncing back even higher within a matter of weeks. Ted Bauman advisors investors never to panic during a stock market crash and never sell one’s entire stock portfolio at once.