Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan


July 27, 2017

Expanding Educational Opportunity: Betsy DeVos Gives and Serves

The 21st century poses many challenges to structures once thought to be tried and true. In a world where the velocity of change continues to pick up speed, old structures, bureaucracies and institutions will fail unless they adapt to an ever-increasing tempo. Nowhere is this truer than in the education of the next generation. As industries evolve, streamline and—in some cases—die, today’s students face challenges from peers at home and competitors abroad. Guarantees of future security are no longer ironclad so thorough preparation of children and youth becomes much more urgent. Betsy DeVos was made for such a time as this.

Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education in February, 2017, Betsy DeVos brings a passion to her post born of long experience as a champion for children and their parents. She is the daughter of a successful entrepreneur and a public school teacher, and she reflects both of those callings in her own life’s work. Having served as chairman of the Windquest Group, an investment management company, she understands the meaning of stewardship and the importance of prudent decision-making. Yet it is her time with the Grand Rapids, Michigan public school system that may be her primary motivator. Serving as a on-site counselor for 15 years, Ms. DeVos saw firsthand the educational disparities imposed by a one-size-fits-all system that fails its at-risk students. Helping those struggling young people has occupied her time long before she assumed her current post. Through the family foundation she led with her husband, Dick, DeVos was instrumental in founding a high school with an emphasis on aviation; spearheading a national campaign for educational choice; inaugurating a competitive festival for young artists from all over the world; and boosting research in and treatment of pediatric cancers.

This philanthropy is not the result of random selection. In many communities, needy families are deprived the excellence, challenge, encouragement and safety found in other schools, both public and private. Betsy DeVos understands how vouchers for private schooling enhance not only a student’s future prospects but also competition among institutions and districts. Through charitable giving and political activism, Interview with Betsy DeVos, The Reformer | Excellence in Philanthropy has aided the cause of educational reform in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana and her home state of Michigan. At the core of all of this grassroots and legislative activity is the firm conviction that the present information age will leave 20th-century educational models behind. Technology gives greater impetus to alternatives like vouchers, charter schools and homeschooling. Now a cabinet officer with the power to make even more of a difference, she is poised to champion these promising options at a national level—and on a world stage. In my opinion, her political ascendancy is timed perfectly.

July 18, 2017

How Logan Stout Uses His Talent To Inspire People

Logan Stout is a well-established entrepreneur and businessman who has focused on health and fitness. He is also appreciated for being an excellent leadership trainer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and a best-selling author.

In his career, Stout has established different businesses that have made billions of dollars. He is the proprietor of IDLife, which is renowned health and wellness company that has specialized in the manufacture of supplements. The entrepreneur started the business in May 2014, and he has attained success by partnering with billionaire Darwin Deanson, and Jen Widerstrom who is a famous trainer. It has also worked in close corporation with different fitness professionals and authors in ensuring that people understand why they should have a healthy lifestyle.

As a leadership trainer, Stout is always committed to assisting people to enhance their skills. He has written an inspiring book that is known as “Stout Advice: The Secrets to Building Yourself, People, and Teams.” Logan published it in 2013, and it has been encouraging readers to utilize the talents and potential that they were offered by God. The motivating message of the book attracted millionaires, Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran, who have both endorsed it. Stout has been invited to conferences in more than 196 countries to speak about personal training and leadership. He has been working with John C. Maxwell who globally recognized inspirational speaker.

The entrepreneur has extended his ventures to sports and is the proprietor of Dallas Patriots baseball institution. Stout currently serves as the CEO of the organization and is dedicated to inspiring the youths. Most of the people who have joined the club are between six and eighteen years old. Dallas Patriots focus on coaching the baseball players and individuals who have graduated play in college baseball teams and the MLB.

Logan Stout is celebrated for his inspiring career and has been featured on television and radio shows. The Dallas Morning News, New York Times, and Philadelphia Life Magazine have featured stories about him. The businessman currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with his wife and children. He has been working the with his wife in facilitating the undertakings of charitable organizations such as the American Heart Association of North Texas and Youth Athletes Foundation.