Sharing Their Blessing: The DeVos Family

As a country, we can be so critical of those families and individuals supporting political parties or ideologies that are adverse from our own. The media and social outcry too often drown out or completely cover up the positives and strong philanthropic advances made by those same people that we may disagree with. It is essential to step back from the media led craze though and truly think for ourselves. It is time to recognize the good these individuals have done for our communities and country.

Dick DeVos is one of those outstanding men who has been criticized by many, but continues to quietly make a difference without expecting accolades or recognition. Mr. DeVos’ father was a co-founder of Amway, an American based company that produces and markets a variety of household products. He also was the owner of the basketball team Orlando Magic, as well as one of the creators of Alticor. DeVos then stepped in as president of The Windquest Group, a private investment firm. Each business venture Mr. DeVos took on examplified his integrity and determination to give back to his country and community.

Dick and the DeVos family have traditionally been generous supporters of the Republican party. Fortunately, as citizens of the United States of America we are able to openly express our views and opinions, and the donations to their political choice are almost invisible in comparision to their philanthropic giving. The DeVos family has taken a firm stance in improving the American education system. In 2015 alone they donated over three million dollars to scholastic causes. They share the foundational belief that each and every child should have the right to experience the American dream, and the DeVos are going above and beyond to make that dream a reality.

Their financial generosity does not stop with education and the arts, they are also actively seeking ways to improve the foundational lives of our children. Dick is determined to help support those seeking a cure for childhood cancer, assist religious organizations, and to give generously without expectation of recognition or favors. This ideology does not stop with Dick and Betsy, but has been passed on to their four children. The younger generation of DeVos continually challenge their family to do more and to share their blessings with others.

Dick and Betsy DeVos have the right to share with and support their chosen political party, but they are in no way required to give so generously to others. It is by choice, because of kind hearts and conscious minds that they have so freely given back to the communities of this country. Their philanthropic donations far outweigh any other financial contributions, and they should be recognized for their dedication and devotion to the foundation betterment of the lives of our countries children.

 

Adam Milstein Is a Leader And An Example

There are few people who achieve a high level of influence for others in their culture. However, there are quite a few people who have the dream of being the high level of influence in their culture. Among the people that have truly managed this level of influence is Adam Milstein. He is someone that has actually done a lot for the Jewish people.

He is also continuing to find other ways to bring them to greater levels of success. However, people who are looking to be influential have to wonder what it is about Adam Milstein that makes him so influential among other people.

One thing that doesn’t make a person influential is projecting some image of toughness or coolness. These people who try to influence through showing off are often not taken seriously. To make matters worse, they make themselves the laughing stock if they try too hard to look cool. Instead of influencing people.

They instead become the person who people roll their eyes at. Another thing that does not make people influential is bossiness. People do not gain respect by trying to push others around. Instead, they just gather resentment from people. There are better ways to be of good influence to people.

Adam Milstein is an influence to people because he is honest and real with them. He does not try to project an image. He instead takes the time to look at what is needed in the community and tries to provide to the needs of those in the community. He is one of the generous people in the community. This is one of the reasons that he is considered one of the most influential people in the Jewish community. He is also working towards a goal that is going to bring forth a lot of benefits to the Jewish people.

Dick DeVos Said to Make Play in Liquor Industry

It seems that Dick DeVos and family, from Grand Rapids Michigan, are making their way into the liquor business. If true, their first acquisition is the Coppercraft Distillery from the Holland Township. The reason for this assumption is that Windquest Group, Inc. is DeVos’s holding company owned by himself and his wife Betsy DeVos. And this holding company recently became the registered agent of Coppercraft Distillery, LLC (as reported by the LARA (Michigan Department Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs).

The company originated in 2015, on the 15th of October, as CC Acquisitions, LLC. It was then promptly changed to the name of Coppercraft Distillery, LLC just one day later. The distillery was founded in 2013 by Walter Catton. It was changed to WDC Holdings, LLC later that November.

The businesses serves many drink options. It acts as a small distiller of spirits, micro brewery, winemaker, and vendor. Its licenses for these activities are under the holding of Circus Processions, LLC. They are due to be transferred to Windquest, although the Michigan LCC (Liquor Control Commission) says this could take up to six months.

About Dick DeVos

He has given over $1 billion to great causes in his life. In 2013, he and his family donated a whopping $90 million to educational, health, religious, artistic, and community organizations. In the realm of education, the DeVos education also helped reduce the amount of kids skipping school by about 30% as part of their drive to help teachers be better leaders in the classroom.

Through the religious organization giving he has assisted people in a variety of ways with basic needs. This includes getting access to special social programs, getting a driver’s license, getting a job, and at times a place to sleep and food to eat. One of the people who benefited from this is Mel Trotter, who was formerly homeless but had a job after 40 days of entering the program.

Along with his wife Betsy, Dick has been a co-chair of the Education Freedom Fund going back to 1993. Scholarships for students in Michigan are the ones who benefit from this program, and it lets them attend the schools they could previously only dream about. In order to match donations to the Children’s Scholarship Fund, DeVos donated around $7.5 million.

But their contribution to the community and society doesn’t stop there. They also chaired “Kids First” together. This is a program that helps people use tax credits to put their kids in special chartered schools. And with Children First America, Choices for Children, and American Education Reform Council, they have helped to nurture students’ minds while they are still young and able to learn valuable lessons they can take on.

As the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, he helps students get MS, MA, and MBA degrees. They also have formed a scholarship for entrepreneurs. And Grand Action is an initiative to help revitalize downtown Detroit thanks to the help of DeVos and company.

Kennedy Center Construction Backed By Dick DeVos

The Kennedy Center for the Arts has always attracted a large number of donors who are willing to provide support for the upkeep and expansion of the popular arts provider. In 2013, officials at the Kennedy Center unveiled a new area of construction that would see a pavilion on the river front developed with a new building, a range of rehearsal spaces and a pedestrian bridge linking the main campus to the pavilion area. The main of construction and development has been the $125 million pavilion that has already been approved at federal level, and has been the main area of fund raising over the years; in early 2016 it was announced the Kennedy Center has already received over $130 million in donations and allowed its donation drive to be expanded to allow a further $50 million to be requested from donors including Dick DeVos who I noticed had already donated $1 million to the initial project.

Dick DeVos has been a business person I have followed for a number of years after he took control of the family business, AmWay. Dick DeVos is a business person I have admired for a number of years after I watched him lead the company to greater levels of success than it had ever enjoyed, particularly in foreign markets that he led the company into when first joining the family business. Despite his impressive business pedigree Dick DeVos has spent a large amount of his time looking to have a positive effect on the people of the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and the U.S. as a whole. Dick DeVos and wife Betsy do much to impress me, including embarking on the backing of arts based programs designed to put the Grand Rapids region on the map for arts based educational programs and festivals.