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May 02, 2018

AIA CEO Robert Ivy To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The Polk Award, given to individuals with ties to the Mississippi area for notable and exceptional careers in the arts, has been awarded to luminaries such as Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty in 2001, late historian Shelby Foote in 2004 and Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman in 2007. Ivy will be the first architect ever to receive the award.

President of the MIAL Nancy LaForge in a statement praised Ivy for “making architecture more accessible to the general public”, while President of AIA Carl Elefante congratulated Ivy, calling him a “worthy ambassador for our profession” and describing the honor as a “crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi”.

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Robert Ivy is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, as well as a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He launched an editorial career in 1996 as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record before becoming Vice President and Executive Director at the construction media arm of McGraw-Hill Education.

Named CEO of the AIA in 2011, Ivy has made it a priority to transform the institute into a technologically forward-thinking organization, while also increasing its public awareness to the benefit of its more than 90,000 members – the highest level of membership in the institute’s 160-year history.

The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 by a group of thirteen New York architects, with the intent of forming an organization dedicated to the promotion of architecture in the public sphere. Today, the institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., while also boasting 260 chapters and over 90,000 members across the globe and continuing to undertake public health and government advocacy in pursuance of its founding objective.

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May 09, 2017

Amazing Achievements of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is a well-known leader, disruptor, innovator and an advocate. Betsy has been in the forefront in fighting to get rid of barriers and in the creation of a conducive environment where people are given equal opportunity to thrive.

Betsy DeVos has served as the former chairman of the Windquest Group. The group is an investment firm that is privately owned. It has its headquarters in Michigan, and it provides diversified consumer products and service portfolio.

Betsy DeVos has been participating in politics for more than three decades. She was once elected as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for four years. Betsy DeVos has worked in various leadership positions in numerous organizations, campaigns and political committees.

Nowadays Betsy DeVos efforts are geared toward the advancement of political choices. Betsy is also an enthusiastic member of her community. She has served as the chair of the federation for children and also the philanthropy roundtable board. She has served on other local and national boards such as the American Enterprise Institute, ArtPrize, and foundation for excellence and institute for arts that is based at the University of Maryland.

As a graduate of the Holland high school, Betsy DeVos graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree she obtained from the Calvin College, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Betsy DeVos is married to a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a community activist known as Dick DeVos. Together they are blessed with four children. They have five grandchildren. DeVos has also served as the head of the Alliance for School Choice. Over the years, DeVos family has made available millions of dollars in the form of funding for various organizations.

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Betsy DeVos, in the 1990s, she worked on the board of the children first America. The group’s goal is to expand the choices in school through tax credit and vouchers. DeVos family had worked hard to ensure the successful passage of charter school bill in 1993. They later started the political action committee, which is an education project aimed at championing the charter schools.

The couple has launched an annual scholarship, which is a free enterprise and also entrepreneurship scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the students who earn BBA in the Northwood University. The DeVos Foundation funds numerous organizations such as the Institute of Justice, Acton Institute, Individual Rights Center and pregnancy resource Centre. Read more news on