Dick DeVos has really built quite a business resume throughout his life, but he’s also made quite a name through his charitable work. It’s unknown just how much Dick and his wife Betsy have given throughout the time their foundation has been in existence, but it’s estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Dick and Betsy currently run The Windquest Group, a company that manages several subsidiaries in retail and consumer goods, clean energy, technology developments, and alternative investments. Recently, Dick brought on Phil Dolci to run The Windquest Group’s subsidiary The Stow Company, and has also made inroads into the acquisition of a brewing company.
Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos Sr. and brother of Daniel, Douglas, and Cheri DeVos. Richard DeVos Sr. co-founded Amway Corporation, the company that Dick would spend much of his early career working for, and would later become owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick worked in some lower level jobs in the company as a young man, and after completing his degree at Northwood University started becoming an upper level manager. Eventually he became vice president along with his brothers Doug and Daniel, and when his father retired he became CEO, in which he led the company into new foreign markets and opened new offices. By the time he had stepped down in 2002, the company had churned billions in profits.
Dick and his wife Betsy started their foundation in 1992, primarily aimed at educational endeavors and reform activists. Both he and Betsy staunchly support school of choice, and decided to startup a scholarship program to help lower income families send their children to private schools. But they also wanted to grow charter school operations, and in the mid 1990’s they started up The Great Lakes Project, and later The West Michigan Aviation Academy. This charter school includes aviation courses as well as mechanical skills, and is open to the public.
The DeVos’s have also supported many museums and art institutions, including the Kennedy Center’s Institute of Arts Management, which became the DeVos Institute of Arts Management after it received a large contribution from Dick and Betsy. Dick has served a long time in the state’s Republican Party, and once decided to run for governor in the 2006 race, though he narrowly lost it.
Eric Lefkofsky is known to most people as one of Chicago’s most important tech-specialists and investors. Some might know him due to his Groupon fame, as he was instrumental in getting this business going. He didn’t know that Groupon was going to be the success story that it is today, but he hoped that it would be a fruitful endeavorer. The company made it pretty far under his leadership. One milestone that is associated with Groupon is that it is one of the fastest growing online companies the internet had seen in a long time. The second milestone is that Google attempted to purchase the company for $6 billion, which is known as one the largest Google offers. This offer was rejected, but it was still notable.
Where to go From Here?
Eric Lefkosky is in a great position now. He is worth $1.7 billion, which is quite impressive. He is also a great father and husband, which are truths that will never change, but he is also hungry for more.
One can simply look at the relationship he has with his wife, Liz, or his upbringing to see why Lefkofsky is the way he is. He demonstrated a drive for entrepreneurship at an early age. He graduated from the University of Michigan. Most of his friends and family members thought that he was going to go into law since he received a degree in this field of study, but everyone was wrong. It seems like Eric Lefkofsky (@lefkofsky) just wanted to get the degree for self-gratification rather than a career choice, since the first thing he did was start a t-shirt business. This business was short-lived but definitely taught him a few lessons.
It was not long before Lefkofsky went on to do Groupon. It was a big success; there is no doubt about that, but he was done with Groupon. He was ready to take on new ventures where he can use his talents. He decided to move on to the next big thing, which is called Tempus. Tempus, in short, is a software that is meant to help doctors with cancer patients, but it is actually a little more complicated than that.
It uses analytical power (beyond what most computers can offer) to match patients with other data like statistics and studies. It’s possible that this program is going to increase the chances of survival due to its level of precision. Many doctors are very excited about the software. This should not surprise people who know Lefkofsky. The man has donated millions of dollars over his career to health and organizations that are attempting to find cures for medical issues like cancer. It was only a matter of time before he married his passion to help people and his passion for starting businesses.
No one can say that Lefkovsky (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericlefkofsky) is only about making money. He seeks to use his talents and skills to further industries that need the most.
Raj Fernando heads Scoutahead.com as the founder and CEO. He also works for Foreign Policy Leadership Committee under the Brookings Institute, the American Security Project Board of Directors, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra board of directors, the PAWS Chicago board of trustees and the Global Affairs Chicago Council. Raj Fernando is an expert in the finance and technological industry and has earned recognition by the former USMC Brigadier General and current CEO of the American Security Project, who cited him as a key member in the fight for national cyber security.
The career of Raj began at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he was a college student. He volunteered at the firm before earning employment after his graduation. He graduated from the Beloit College with a degree in Economics and later moved on to study at the University College of London.
In 2002, Mr. Raj set up Chopper Trading with the experience gained while at his former workplace. In 2004, Fernando rerouted Chopper Trading’s business from finance to technology. He was responsible for managing risk management programs, communications, trades, and regulating the source code security of the banking industry.
The founder expanded Chopper Tradings to compete in large markets such as Acme, Eurex, LSE, ICE, and NASDAQ. The company employed 250 staff members with renowned engineering and trading portfolios.
The business structure of Chopper Tradings involved long hiring procedures and consistent team building for the employees. The CEO implemented a system that allowed the staff to bond and work on the same team by integrating sports on off hours. A prospective employee at Chopper Tradings would go through long and different sessions during the interview to prove their potentiality. The then CEO, Raj cited that the procedure was necessary to ensure a consistent growth of the company’s portfolio that would allow the employee to retire from the same company.
In 2016, Raj set up Scoutahead.com. Scoutahead.com specializes in advising clients on corporate and professional moves that will add to the expansion and growth of their businesses.
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Makeup is used for many different things. It can be used to play up features on your face, it can be used to cover blemishes and imperfections, and it can be used as a form of expression. No matter what your reason for using makeup is, Lime Crime is a company that is for all makeup lovers. They carry a line of bright and bold colors that allows the user to become anything they want to be.
Doe Deere is the founder and CEO of Lime Crime. She began her company in 2008. Her idea was inspired by her previous eBay business. Doe was selling clothing that she had created. The clothing was made of bright and vibrant colors. There was trouble finding makeup bright and bold enough to match the colors in the clothes. Doe decided to take matters into her own hands and Lime Crime was created.
All of the products that are sold by Lime Crime are bright and they are all cruelty-free. No product was tested on an animal at any time during the production process. Doe is so dedicated to her brand that she insists on trying all of the products herself before they are sold to the public. She wants to make sure all of her products fulfill her vision and are what the brand stands for.
Being based completely online can be a disadvantage but with the unique products offered by Lime Crime, they now have an international customer base. The way they marketed their products was a key factor in how they secured their customers.
Many industry experts said that people would not buy the products because they were unable to try them on beforehand. Doe came up with the idea of having lip swatches for customers to look at. Each lip color was placed onto a lip swatch and customers can match the color to their skin tone and get a feel for what it would look like on them. This idea was so well received that all companies within the makeup industry adopted it. Lip swatches are now the industry standard and can be found everywhere.
Doe Deere believes that makeup is about expression. It is more than just covering up some imperfections. Makeup is about trying new things and showing off who you really are. With her products, people can now change their look based on how they feel that day or try a look they would have never tried before.
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