Several years ago, a phone call between Dick DeVos and the CEO of AirTran changed everything for the Grand Rapids airport. The once small airport is now receiving a ton of upgrades that will be finished in 2018. While this may seem like a natural progression of the city, much of the reason comes down to one phone call that surprised many in the aviation industry.
DeVos is an avid pilot and has been affiliated with AirTran since his days as the CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He helped AirTran expand services to Grand Rapids, eventually leading to the expansion of the airport as a whole.
While DeVos has always been a pivotal business leader, he was most important to the city when he served as the CEO of Amway, his family’s company, he has taken interest in helping his city first and foremost. There have been many occasions when his leadership has intervened to create better opportunities for the city.
For example, he faced a challenge in 1991 before he was even ready to assume the role of CEO at Amway. There were plans spread publicly for the construction of a new sports multi-purpose complex and convention center in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. DeVos did not like the idea based on what he had seen when the construction of Pontiac Silverdome had left the city of Detroit desperate for funds in the wake of the Pistons and Lions leaving in the 1970s.
For that reason, DeVos set out to create a group that would help protect the businesses and people of Grand Rapids. Together, the group created Grand Action. Many of the business leaders had been apart of other construction projects with the DeVos family including the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, the DeVos Performance Hall, and the Grand Rapids City Market.
Through his business connections, DeVos has been able to make great strides for the city of Grand Rapids and plans to take this to Washington as he now sits on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Council. He will now be able to make smart moves for the aviation industry, which the CEO of Southwest can attest have already helped their business have a $48 million success story.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have worked together for their community for many years under the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, which has donated over $187 million to charities. Learn more: http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/about
Every professional has has worked hard in their respective field to become successful. Only they know certain tricks and tips to make their job easier. One event planner is willing to give up a few of their tips so you don’t lose your mind planning your first ever party. Here they are.
Every idea needs a plan. Get yours started and get organized. This will reduce stress drastically and clear up confusing lickety-split. Lists of what to buy, food items, decor, and even guests will be a life saver throughout the process. Next, you may think about including a theme. They are fun, interactive, and a creative way to draw in guests. Playfully hint at your theme when you mail out your invitations. If you choose to do costumes, that is always a lot of fun.
You have the plan, have sent out invites, and have created a theme. If you are going to include decorations and food, give a minute to think about it. Keeping it simple and low keep it best, especially if you are new to the whole party planning process. Appetizers are easy and you can get them at the store already made. They are light and also won’t weigh down your guests from having the best time possible. Decor does not have to be over the top crazy. Guests won’t be focusing on them half the time anyways so keep it simple. Instead offer them something they really would want like a self-serve bar. Mary wants a Rum and Coke and Bob wants a Old Fashioned. Everyone gets what they want and they will be appreciative of that. In the end if you are relaxed, then your guests will be happy.
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As Goliath-sized company’s such as eBay, Amazon, Google, YouTube, and Apple continue to dominate the e-commerce scene, it seemed for quite some time that there was no David to step up to them and challenge the giants. That was true until Fabletics joined the picture, and this company that is headed by Kate Hudson has stepped right up to Amazon and has said, “Bring it on!”
Fabletics can challenge the dominant Amazon, which holds a market share of 20% in the fashion industry, by utilizing several wise business practices. The first business practice is to guarantee repeat customers. This is done by using a subscription model for clothes. Once a customer signs on to a subscription, (monthly, quarterly, or yearly) they will then begin receiving clothes in the mail. Fabletics also guarantees repeat customers through excellent customer service. Fabletics is known as a family, and it treats each customer like a sister. Because of this open dialogical relationship, 85% of Fabletics’ sales come from repeat customers.
The second way that Fabletics can challenge the dominant Amazon is by opening several physical stores. At the time of this writing, Fabletics has over 16 stores spread throughout five states, with more stores promised in the near future.
Many people thought that Fabletics opening a physical store would be its downfall because of the business aspect called showrooming. Showrooming occurs when a non-loyal customer comes into your store with no intentions to buy a product off of you. The only reason they are there is to browse the product in person. They will then leave your store and purchase it for a more affordable price online.
Fabletics reversed the trend of showrooming by guaranteeing that fifty percent of people entering their stores were already customers. They also would go out of their way to sever the people so well that 20% of those who came in and were not already customers, left with signing on a subscription.
Kate Hudson is proud of the $250 million company that she has created in just three years. She has gone on the record saying she feels more alive now than ever before.
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Lori Senecal is the current Chief Executive Officer of Crispin Porter and Bogusky Company. She was employed at the Company on March 2015. Lori says that she was inspired by the achievements of her older siblings. Her older siblings supplied her with an inspiration that helped her to achieve her aims. After completing her studies at the University, Lori Senecal graduated with a degree in Sales and Marketing. Soon after her graduation, Lori Senecal immediately started working at various organizations. In all the organizations that she has worked at, Lori has been skilled in improving the firms from where she found them. Due to her hard work and the inspiration she gives to the workers, at various firms, many employees want her to be their leader.
In 2003, Lori Senecal applied her innovation talents and started TAG Ideation. TAG Ideation is a young-adult marketing program. Lori Senecal has an overwhelming experience in the field of data analysis and multinational account expertise. During her tenure, Lori has managed to work at different leading corporations such as Xbox, Staples, and Molson. Additionally, she has also worked Nestle, Sprint, Nabisco, InBev, and Applebee’s. Moreover, she has also functioned as the Global Accountant Director of Coca Cola.
In 2005, Lori joined DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. functioning as their Chief Marketing Officer until 2008 when she was promoted to function as their leader of the Sales and Marketing Department. Due to her major ideas in the creation of TAG Ideation, a branch of McCann Worldgroup Inc known as McCann Erickson Worldwide offered her the position of a Co-Managing Director of TAG. Later, McCann Worldgroup Inc. promoted her to serve at the position of an Executive Vice President and Accountant Management Director. Lori Senecal has also worked at Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners and MDC Partners.
Due to her tremendous work, Lori Senecal has been honored many awards. During the 2013 AWNY Game Changer Awards, Lori Senecal was honored the Quantum Leap Award due to her tremendous leadership qualities and overwhelming skills. Besides, the Fast Company has also recognized Lori Senecal as the Most Creative Individual in Business. She was acknowledged in 2017. Read more about Lori on gcreport.com.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is a Brazilian business executive who currently holds the position of president at Bradesco. Luiz is known for his ability to apply wisdom and consistency in leadership for productivity purposes. Bradesco, on the other hand, is among the top insurance companies in Brazil.
Besides holding a high-profile position at Bradesco, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi also serves in different capacities at several companies. He has board membership in Council of Fenaseg. He is also the VP of the Institute of Supplementary Health Studies (EES). Luiz Carlos also held executive positions in institutions such as the National Financial Marketing Commission of the Febraban and the National Association of Private Pension.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi works with other employees of Bradesco to foster the firm’s growth. Before he was appointed to serve as president, he was preceded by Amador Aguiar, Lazarus Brandào, and Cypriano. Luiz Carlos attended the University of São Paulo and majored in an undergraduate degree program in philosophy.
Awards and accolades
The Brazilian insurance industry has benefited largely from factors such as economic stability and growth. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is on the verge of helping Bradesco achieve excellence by taking advantage of these factors. In 2007, he bagged the Insurance Personality of the Year award for his contributions to the Brazilian insurance market.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi also won the award in 2003 when he served as the board chair and vice president of Bradesco. He was awarded because of his ability to translate his 38 years experience in the banking industry to results. Before serving as VP of Bradesco, he worked in the marketing department of the insurance firm as a director.
The future of the Brazilian insurance market
Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi believes that the insurance industry is an extended arm of the state. He is also certain that the role of this sector is to maintain social welfare through the provision of quality and affordable plans. Luiz is positive about the future of the sector. According to him, the industry is going to progress as new technologies and opportunities continue to evolve.
A number of findings shook the American politics in the recent days, and all of them are a real concern for the democratic nature of the country that can spoil its pure people verdict spirit. The 2016 Presidential election campaign is the center point of all the controversies as it became clear that Russia played a significant role in diluting the verdict.
It can be comprehended that external meddling was due to changed campaign laws since 2010 Citizens United verdict that gave unlimited and unaccounted spending rights to business groups in the elections. It is generally perceived that Trump administration is not interested in changing the campaign finance laws to remove the unlimited money into election campaign process.
The recent revelations that foreign companies spent on Facebook ads to change the mandate showed how vulnerable the political system is. While some of those campaigns including $100,000 digital ad campaign from a Russian troll farm during 2016 election has just revealed recently, it is yet to know how much various countries have pumped into the U.S. Presidential election in 2016. Shockingly, all these corporations and foreign entities are utilizing the loopholes in the election campaigning laws. It is not just ending with a Russian troll farm. In 2016, a firm owned by Chinese nationals named American Pacific International Capital made a contribution of $1.3 million to a PAC supporting Jeb Bush. It can be believed that all these are tips of an iceberg, and there is an urgent need of legislating efficient campaign laws that can restrict these interferences.
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Interestingly, End Citizens United, a PAC working to nullify the effects of Citizens United verdict, confirmed that it decided to endorse Doug Jones, a Democratic nominee, to the Senate. Jones competes in the Alabama special election on December 12 against Roy Moore. ECU confirmed that it is a fight against the groups with special interests who are against the wish of everyday Alabamians. ECU President, Tiffany Muller says that Moore has a radical agenda, and his values are against Alabama and the U.S. itself. He also has close links with shady special interest groups, including Mercer family and Steve Bannon. Contrary to that, Jones is committed to change the rigging system that supports big money donors – a similar voice of ECU.
End Citizens United was founded in the year 2015 in a way to subvert the consequences of uncontrolled money into politics. It hopes to go for a constitutional amendment to implement stricter measures on election spending by creating a public opinion and sending maximum election finance reform representatives to both the Senate and the Congress. The PAC is very active on social media platforms, and it is on a mission to make its message – the need for election finance reform – reaching every American.
Tobias Jaeger is an entrepreneur and founder of AXIOM Venture Capital, a boutique advisory firm situated in Berlin, Germany with satellite operations in Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The firm’s focus is in entertainment transactions. It helps in the raising and facilitation of growth capital to entertainment firms that are renowned for their production of outstanding film content. Tobias has a wife and one son, they all reside in Berlin.
From a young age, Tobias Jaeger has been entrepreneurially minded. He started his first company, Business Associate Europe, while he studied at Maastricht University, Netherlands in 2007. The company was aimed at the delivery of innovative business models through consultations with various companies. University students would provide in-depth study support to a portfolio of top companies both inside and outside Netherlands.
After his instrumental launch of AXIOM Pictures, the first ever entertainment equity fund based outside Europe, Tobias Jaeger got the idea of AXIOM Venture Capital. As the Managing Partner, Tobias heads the M&A advisory department together with the Corporate Financial department of AXIOM Venture Capital. The company helps in finding the right investor for upcoming media and entertainment entrepreneurs and vice versa.
Tobias loves chatting with people. It is through his random connections with people around the world that he has managed to get great opportunities for his business. He believes that talking to people no matter how pointless it may appear is a great way for giving back to the society and to be given some piece of advice. Talking to people is also a way to increase your chances of getting good referrals, that’s according to Tobias. He is normally interested in what people do to earn a living, how he can be of help to them and how they can be of assistance to his business.
After his service in the German Armed Forces in 2006, Tobias co-founded the Support German Troops. This non-governmental and non-political citizen leadership initiative is aimed at creating awareness and accumulating support German Armed Forces troops. The movement has a fan base of over 50 thousand on social media. They have been able to raise hundreds of thousands of Euros in the support of armed forces families who are in Germany.
Tobias loves traveling, he has worked, visited, lived and studied in over 43 countries. He can speak German, French, English, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. He regularly contributes to WirtschaftTV, a business news network found in Germany, on events and developments that are taking place in the industry of media and entertainment.
To learn more, visit http://tobiasjaeger.com/.
Rodrigo Terpins a Brazilian businessman and a rally driver. Additionally, he is also a member of the Terpins family. The family is well-known for its engagement in sporting activities. His brother (Michel Terpins) is a rally driver and his father (Joe Terpins) was the President of Sports. Moreover, in the late 1960’s, his father was a basketball player. The main motivation of Rodrigo Terpins in engaging in the racing events came from his father due to his passion and commitment to sports.
Currently, Rodrigo Terpins together with Michel Terpins are associates of the Bull Sertoes Rally. Due to its influence, each year, every competition hosted by Bull Sertoes Rally attracts many recognized racers to participate. Therefore, to be among the participants of Bull Sertoes, it needs commitment, determination, excellent equipment, and prowess. Rodrigo Terpins together with his teammate, Fabricio Bianchini race in the T1 prototypes. In the last competition of the T1 prototypes, they were ranked position 3. Additionally, in the 22nd edition of the Bull Sertoes Rally, Rodrigo and Bianchini were position 8 out of the 38 participants in the competition. During the event, Terpins and his teammate mainly focused on adjusting to the car and terrain, therefore, exercising caution throughout the event. After completing the competition, Rodrigo Terpins was delighted with their performance saying that the results transcended what he had in mind. The 22nd edition of the Bull Sertoes Rally covered over 2600 kilometers. Additionally, the competition was held in two states and had seven phases. Furthermore, the Sertoes 22nd edition rally was the major off-race competition in Brazil, therefore, attracting many sponsors, rally drivers, and spectators.
Rodrigo Terpins has raced in more than four Bull Sertoes Rally competitions. In the competitions, Terpins drives a T-rex (a product developed by MEM Motorsports). Aside from participating in the Bull Sertoes events, Rodrigo has also raced in many championship events and cross-country rallies held in the country. In 2011, he participated in the Mitsubishi Cup Championship. Moreover, he garnered 204 points in the L200 Triton Rs Handicap Category and was position 2. Terpins has had an immense success in his career as a rally driver since he started racing. You can search him on Google for more.
When I show up for work at the local prison, me and my fellow officers know that the only way that we are going to be coming home safe is if we have each other’s back. We even make use of many resources at the prison to help ensure our safety, but none have been as effective at curbing violence like that of the Securus Technologies inmate call monitoring system.
Securus Technologies has been the leader in call monitoring systems for many years, and CEO Richard Smith says his company already has thousands of these systems up and running in prisons around the country. This Dallas-based company currently employs over a thousand, and all have the commitment to work toward a single objective of making the world a safer place for everyone to live.
In the past, my team of officers would have to do physical searches of inmates and guests to keep contraband out of the hands of the inmates. We would even descend upon their cells each day for surprise inspections to look for things like weapons or drugs. It wasn’t until Securus Technologies installed the call monitoring system in our facility that our jobs got easier and the environment got safer.
Once we understood how the LBS software worked, we began to finally get ahead of the violence in our facility. Now, if an inmate talks to his family about sneaking in contraband at the visitor center, we take action at the gate. If inmates are ordering soldiers on the streets to commit crimes, we take action. We can even identify when inmates are trying to talk in code about a potential hit or a war on a rival gang. Taking a proactive approach is safer for me, my team, and for everyone behind the prison walls.
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