Dick and Betsy Devos Lead Efforts to Change Institutions

When a proposal to build a sports arena north of downtown Grand Rapids was made in 1991, Dick DeVos lobbied against the idea. He’d seen the problems building the Pontiac Silverdome caused in Detroit when both the Lions and Pistons left the city in the 1970s, and he didn’t want to see a repeat of that in Grand Rapids.


DeVos, who became the CEO of Amway in 1993, organized a campaign against the sports facility and formed a group of business leaders who called themselves Grand Action. Together, they became the motivating force that helped see the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, and the DeVos Performance Hall added to Grand Rapid’s skyline.


Dick and Betsy DeVos have used their family fortunes and positions in the business community to steer institutional change over the years. Their political support for the GOP has also helped bring changes to state laws in the areas of education and labor.


Close to $140 million has been given to programs for leadership training, arts and culture, health, churches, and policy initiatives by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. One project in Grand Rapids that the Foundation helped make a reality was the contribution of $12.5 million towards the building of a children’s hospital named after Helen DeVos, who was Dick’s mother and wife of Amway’s co-founder Richard DeVos.


Education reform has also been a focus of the DeVos’s activism, supporting and founding charter schools that challenged the status quo in public schools. This included the founding of an aviation charter high school at Grand Rapids International Airport called the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010.


Dick DeVos, being a pilot, has taken an interest in reforming the aviation industry, playing a role in helping improve the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He and a group of business leaders worked to bring more connecting routes to the airport from Grand Rapids, which lowered fares and increased passenger traffic.


He recently was named to the Management Advisory Board at the FAA and hopes to continue to drive reform and improvement in the nation’s aviation industry and infrastructure.


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Dr. David Samadi Cares about His Patients

Dr. David Samadi is very passionate about what he does. He has wanted to be a doctor since he was young and he is now a certified urologist with his specialties lying in diagnosing and treating urologic diseases, bladder cancer, kidney and prostate cancer.

He got his degree from Stony Brook University in biochemistry and in 1994 he obtained his M.D. at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. He obtained postgraduate training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center. In 2001 he completed a fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in proctology. He also started a fellowship in robotic radical prostatectomy at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil as well.

Dr. David Samadi has done his work in over 45 countries and has worked at many reputable institutions including the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He is also the professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is on the American Medical Association and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Samadi is devoted to detecting, diagnosing, and treating prostate cancer. He has also hosted the “Sunday Housecall” on Fox, and he has his own radio show which helps provide helpful medical information to those who listen. He also has a website, SamadiMD.com that he uses to share alternatives to medicine and other helpful information.

Dr. David Samadi lived in different parts of Europe, and he grew up in the Middle East. He has practiced in Israel, Germany, Greece, London, France, the Dominican Republic, and Spain. Robotic surgery is true passion, and it has proven to be a great advancement in prostate surgeries. His hospital utilizes a single robot to perform many successful surgeries.

Dr. Samadi has a long day that begins at 4:30 in the morning, but he is always sure to check on all of his patients before leaving work. He is known to have a photographic memory so drawings can be helpful in problem-solving. The way he has modified hos operating room has even become a blueprint for other surgeons.

Dr. Samadi likes to see results, and he tries to avoid negative vibes. He practices deep breathing exercised to relieve stress as well as a good game of tennis or backgammon. He sticks to a schedule, and he finds it to be efficient. He relies on the feedback from his patients to help grow his business and strives to be a great doctor.

Protecting the Public and Securing Correctional Facilities with Securus Technologies Wireless Containment Solutions

Securus Technologies is an industry leader when it comes to providing civil and criminal justice technology solutions. These solutions are designed to enhance public safety as well as to aid in criminal investigation, corrections, and offender monitoring.


One of the Securus Technologies solutions offered to correctional institutions is its Wireless Containment Solutions. This Securus Technologies solution is designed to detect and then prevent an incarcerated person from utilizing an illicit cell phone or mobile device.


A major problem in this day and age is the use of cell phones and mobile devices by inmates. These offenders manage to get these communication devices smuggled into correctional facilities. The rate at which mobile devices end up inside correctional institutions is shockingly high.


Securus Technologies is highly committed to developing its Wireless Containment Solutions. The company has invested over $40 million to date in developing this important technology.


Securus Technologies is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. At the present time, Securus Technologies serves over 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies in North America. Its solutions address the needs associated with and over 1.2 million inmates at this time.


The story of former Florida corrections officer Robert Johnson helps to illustrate the vital importance of controlling the introduction and use of cell phones in correctional facilities. Johnson was on duty at a Florida correctional institution when he came upon a box filled with contraband that was headed into the institution. The value of the contraband was thought to be about $50,000.


Because of the efforts of Johnson, the contraband never reached inmates. However, the inmate that made arrangements for the introduction of the contraband decided he would seek revenge upon Johnson. The inmate had access to an illicit cell phone inside the institution.


The inmate contacted one of his fellow gang members outside the institution, using the illicit phone he smuggled into the facility. Through this mobile phone communication, the inmate arranged a hit on correctional officer Johnson.


Johnson was preparing to go to work one morning after the hit was arranged when the gang member broke into Johnson’s home and shot the correctional officer multiple times. Johnson nearly died from the assault.


In the aftermath of the attack on Johnson, and the near taking of his life, Johnson began a crusade to keep cell phones and other mobile devices out of correctional facilities. The stark reality is that the attempt on Johnson’s life is only one example among multiple instances in which someone from within a correctional facility has been able to arrange criminal activity in the “real world” using a mobile phone smuggled into a correctional institution. Johnson advocates for the utilization of technology like the Securus Technologies Wireless Containment System to protect the public and better secure correctional facilities.


How Talk Fusion University is Changing Network Marketing

After more than two decades in network marketing, Bob Reina, CEO and Founder of Talk Fusion is sharing his expertise with aspiring marketers through a new and innovative venture. With the launch of a new training program called Talk Fusion University, Reina is giving users a way to learn his successful techniques for network marketing. Users who want to grow as salespeople can get the content directly from their homes and learn from the expert advice that Reina shares. These tips and tricks can help salespeople grow from regular earners to exceptional earners who can afford the best things in life.


Talk Fusion University offers users a host of different ways to learn Reina’s system for direct selling success, which has been proven to work many times over since the 1990’s. This is the same system that Reina has used to grow into a top network marketer, frequent Huffington Post contributor and famous, successful business founder. Over many years of direct selling, he has developed a four step approach that is guaranteed to close more leads and bring more sales when executed properly. This system is explained in detail through videos, written content and more on the Talk Fusion University site so any type of learner can absorb the material. With an associate ID, users can access all of the content and work through it at their own pace.


Talk Fusion University is currently available in English and will soon be available in many languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese and several others. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/talk-fusion


Bradesco’s Board Of Directors Welcome New Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco

To say Bradesco is a big bank is an understatement. The Osasco-based Banco Bradesco is one of the top banks in the world in terms of net income and assets under management. Bradesco’s net income in 2016 was $4.6 billion, and the bank currently has $413 billion in assets under management. The success of the 74-year-old bank is well-documented. In 1943, Amador Aguiar wanted to help small farmers, government employees, and retailers get the money they needed to do business, so he founded, Banco Brasileiro de Descontos in Marilia, a small city in the state of Sao Paulo. In 1946, Aguiar moved the bank’s headquarters to the city of Sao Paulo. By 1951, the bank was the largest private banking institution in the country.

Mr. Aguiar moved the bank headquarters once again in 1953 to Osasco which is also in Sao Paulo. Bradesco, under the firm leadership of Aguiar, was the first bank to use a computer and the first bank to offer clients credit cards according to folha.uol.com.br. By the 1970s, Aguiar was buying other banks, and by 1978 the bank had branches all over Brazil. In fact, the 1,000th branch opened that year. Aguilar didn’t give up his quest to make Bradesco the best bank in the world until his death in 1991. That’s the year Lázaro de Mello Brandão took over as Chairman.

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Lázaro de Mello Brandão is Aguiar kind of banker. Brandão was a bank trainee when Bradesco opened its doors in 1943. Mr. Brandão was Aguiar’s protégé. As the bank grew, Brandão got more responsibility. Under Brandão leadership, Bradesco became an international banking giant. But Brandão had help completing that quest. Luiz Carlos Trabuco came on the banking scene in 1969 after studying philosophy at Sao Paulo University and getting a graduate degree in psychology from Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo. Trabuco, like Brandão, is a company man, so by the time Trabuco became CEO in 2009, the men were a successful banking team and internationally recognized financial experts. The men were able to put an executive team together that had the same drive and ambitions. That team is one of the best banking teams in Brazil.

But all good things come to an end, and Brandão, at 91, is at the end of his banking career. The bank’s Board of Directors gave Trabuco the title of chairman after Brandão’s retirement became front-page financial news around the world. Trabuco will still function as CEO, but he will turn over his CEO duties to one of the men on the bank’s executive team in 2018. Being CEO of Bradesco is a challenge, but the candidates all have the experience and the ambition to do the job. Luiz Carlos Trabuco is only the third man to have the title of “Bradesco Chairman” behind his name, so he is eager to jump into the role with both feet. But in order to do that, the board will have to name a new CEO at the beginning of the new year. Most bank employees have a favorite executive, so there is a lot of closed-door conversations about who will take over as CEO. Most employees like Mauricio Machado de Minas because of his IT background. But there is a lot of support for Octavio de Lazari. Octavio de Lazari is the man who replaced Trabuco as president of the insurance division.

The five other candidates are Andre Cano, Domingos Figueiredo Abreu, Josué Augusto Pancini, Alexandre da Silva Glüher and Marcelo Noronha. All five men hold top executive posts and all of them have what it takes to be CEO, according to Trabuco and the board.

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