Dick DeVos: Making Magic in Michigan

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dick DeVos is a prominent philanthropist and businessman. His father, Richard DeVos co-founded the widely recognized sales company Amway (MLIVE article about Amway). Dick studied at Northwood University, where he was awarded his bachelor’s degree as well as a distinguished alumni recognition and honorary doctorate.

During his tenure at Amway, he made company history by tripling international sales to the point where they exceeded domestic sales. He served as President of the company and held responsibility for all facets of their operations in eighteen countries. When his company acquired the Orlando Magic in 1991, he served as president and CEO for three years.

With his wife Betsy, DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Their organization seeks to improve the Grand Rapids area in the areas of education, arts, community, leadership, and justice. The foundation has hosted an annual art competition in Grand Rapids called ArtPrize since 2009.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Not only known for being a prominent businessman and philanthropist, Dick is also a National Champion sailor and qualified aircraft and helicopter pilot. He started the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids in 2010, a public charter school with a focus on aviation.

DeVos competed in the 2016 Melges 32 Gold Cup in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After some fierce competition and unpredictable winds, Dick pulled ahead and finished in position 1 on the second day of racing.

In addition to all his other talents, Dick is also a generous political donor. He was even referenced in the popular series House of Cards, which he gives comments on in this article: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html

How A Future Vision Made A Dream A Reality

Talk Fusion is the result of future focused vision and a steady and deliberate course of action to make what was considered impossible, possible. Bob Reina started the company as a result of wanting to send a video to friends through an email. He was told that this was impossible. After consulting with a friend in the technology field, it was determined that this could be done.

Soon after Talk Fusion was born. That was in 2007. Since that time the company continues to grow and change not only the way that we communicate, but also the way that we conduct business. It is possible to see distributors and clients on the other side of the world with any device that has internet capability.

The best part is that no special software is needed to use it. Users also do not have to go through any lengthy downloads or have special high end devices. Talk Fusion can be used in tablets, computers, and even cell phones.

This technology allows users to have the competitive advantage that will help them excel in business and personal endeavors. Holding live conferences has never been easier, and this technology allows up to 500 viewers at one time.

Reina is a totally unassuming CEO and founder. He commenced his professional career in the police department. He attended the University of Southern Florida, and spent much time advocating for animal rights.

A dedicated individual who accomplishes what he sets out to do, he is well respected by his peers.

His excellent sense of humor has been attributed to his ability to overcome obstacles. Talk Fusion was born out of a need and has grown into a multi-million dollar business.

Reina has brought his dream to life. He continues to strive to meet the future head on and to bring newer and better innovations to the communications sector. His staff works tirelessly to continue to offer the best connections and the best prices for their products.

Ricardo Guimaraes of BMG Presents the Forbes List of the Best American MBA Programs

via RicardoGuimarãesBMG.com

Choosing to pursue an MBA after graduating college is one of the smartest things you can do. It shows employers that you are a conscientious person that doesn’t like to take the lazy route in life. The MBA:

-Is a non-essential degree,
-Shows that you’re hard working, and
-Shows that you’re comfortable working and socializing in an Ivy League environment

These are the types of qualities most professional corporations are looking for in their workers.

In addition, Guimarães says many candidates choose to get MBAs because doing so will help them make real world contacts they can use later. In the same way that a sorority or fraternity can link you with people that can help you or advance your career later in life, the friends you make while studying for your MBA can do this as well.

The MBA study program can also teach you to thrive in any business environment. Business schools typically encourage students to work in groups to solve the common problems that businesses encounter, (because that’s how companies often work in the real world).

The Best US Business Schools:

It’s important to keep in mind that all of these programs are quite challenging, with most having alarmingly low graduation rates from 7-12%. Stanford is the lowest at 7%.

However, though some schools, like Booth, Columbia, Yale and Warton have graduation rates as high as 18-24%; these are still low rates when you compare them to your typical BA program’s graduation rates. The Kellogg Business School doesn’t list its graduation rate publicly.

1. Stanford Business School requires:
-GMAT scores of 730 and up, and
-Annual fees of $126,000

2. The Harvard Business School requires:
-GMAT scores of 730 and up, and
-Annual fees of $139,000

3. The Booth School of Business requires:
-GMAT scores of 730 and up, and
-Annual fees of $129,000

4. The Warton School of Business requires:
-GMAT scores of 728 and up, and
-Annual fees of $137,000

5. The Haas School of Business requires:
-GMAT scores of 720 and up, and
-Annual fees of $110,000

6. The Tuck School of Business requires:
-GMAT scores of 730 and up, and
-Annual fees of $139,000

7. The Yale School of Management requires:
-GMAT scores of 720 and up, and
-Annual fees of $124,000

8. The Kellogg School of Management requires:
-GMAT scores of 720 and up, and
-Annual fees of $127,000

9. The Columbia Business School requires:
-GMAT scores of 716 and up, and
-Annual fees of $136,000

10. The Leonard N. Stern School of Business requires:
-GMAT scores of 710 and up, and
-Annual fees of $131,000

Marcio Alaor Thoughts On Apple


Marcio Alaor is the vice president of one of Brazil’s biggest banks. As the VP of BMG, he is privy to the information that is contained about different businesses that the general public may not know about. He is a strong competitor in the business world and sees businesses in a way that others may not have seen them.

There are many things that Apple has done since their inception in the smartphone world. They not only have made big waves as one of the first smartphones, but they have continued to create big changes in technology. With each iPhone release, Apple has surprised and delighted their customers and potential customers. This has truly given them a major competitive edge over the other smartphone companies that are in the same market as them. Marcio has seen this happening and knows that it is a big opportunity for the company.

With all of the advances, Marcio Alaor is sure that Apple is going to have new big things in store for their customers. He has seen that the company has acquired other companies and that they are going to be able to use these companies to make their phones better. Alaor talks about emotion recognition and self-repair as some of the things that the iPhone is going to be able to do. He expects that these things are going to be the next big thing and could come as early as the iPhone that is released next on the market.

Marcio Alaor has worked with the BMG bank since the beginning of his banking career. He has been a successful businessman and has brought a lot of good to the company through the different things that he has done. He has created for regular members of the bank, for people who may not be able to bank anywhere else and for people who are looking for a bank that gives something different to their customers. Through these opportunities, he has been able to grow the bank to the point that it is at today without the issues that come with many banking communities.

There have been many ways that he has worked to help customers, but education is one of the most important. He has made sure that everyone who comes to the bank is educated on what they can be doing better in their banking lives and how their financial situation can be improved. He has also created classes, blogs and informational sessions for people to learn more about business and the way it works.