Charitable Michigan Entrepreneur Following Example of His Father’s Philanthropy

According to an article published on Michigan Live, the DeVos family has finally allowed organizations to discuss the gifts that they have received from the company that founded Amway. The efforts of this family that has strived to live by Judeo-Christian values should be greatly praised because they have given over $1.2 billion away. While the family has concentrated most of their giving on the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area many people around the world have benefited from the family’s generous giving. The family has given almost $600 million to education with Dick DeVos serving on the state’s board of education. The family has also given approximately $300 million to increase health and community services. Additionally, the family has given millions to local churches and in support of art and culture movements. Instrumental in the giving has been the family’s value system that is something that everyone can implement in their own lives regardless of their level of wealth. Learn more by reading this article:

One value that Dick DeVos holds very highly is a sense of brotherhood. He adores working with others to help projects come to fruition. If you study the history of Grand Rapids, you soon discover that the work of Grand Action that was the driving force behind the building of the downtown Grand Rapids area succeeded because of Dick’s ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to work together to benefit all. The result was the construction of the $220 million DeVos Place and the $30 million Downtown Market. Despite lower cost alternatives, Dick fought to have these facilities located in their present location so that other businesses could benefit from the increased traffic. Dick gives his father credit for creating this spirit of philanthropy that runs through the core of his entire family.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Dick also believes that charity must begin at home. One of the projects that Dick has been instrumental in is the construction of a school to train high school students in aviation. This not only allows those students to become trained in a high paying productive career, but along the way, the students are encouraged to become involved in other charitable activities. Learning this value early in life allows them to practice it throughout their lives.

This leader’s extraordinary leadership skills have spread throughout the world. His book, Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century, explains clearly that to those that great things are given, greater things are demanded. While many are content to rest when they have been given a large amount of money, that is not the case with Dick DeVos who has spent his life driving others to new heights. Learn more about Dick by connecting with him on LinkedIn or to look up news on his career, click here.

The Breakthrough Studies For A Notorious Fever

In 2007, a talented young schoolgirl was pulled out of her classroom because she was suffering from high fever. Two hours later, both she and her sibling were admitted to the hospital. The doctor at the hospital tested them for virus including Dengue and Chikungunya, the most notorious epidemic prevailing in the town at the time. Both came positive for a little less known viral infection called Zika virus.

According to,  the Health Secretary and other experts in the medical field, Zika virus spreads from the same type of mosquitoes known to spread Chikungunya and Dengue and has similar symptoms like high fever, body ache, sore muscle, red-spot on the skin and pain behind the eyes. So how did the physicians find out the difference between the three? The answer is, while Dengue fever is characterized by overall muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, Zika virus causes itchy eye sockets and red eyes. The Chikungunya, on the other hand, produces intense pain in the joints. There are many studies that were conducted just to find out if a person can contract two or more of these diseases at the same time. Well, the answer is yes. It is possible that a person will suffer from more than one of these illnesses and mask some of the symptoms.

According to noticias, there is no immediate cure, antiviral drug or vaccination to prevent any of them. However, he says there are viable treatments that can be effective when someone happens to be suffering from it. In other words, the disease eventually gets cured when the patient is re-hydrated directly or intravenously. Along with hydration, the patient is required to take rest for at least 5 days or until the illness goes away. There have been many advances in this topic and many experimental vaccines were developed that are yet to obtain approval from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). The first doses have been administered to more than 17,000 volunteers. The results look promising as well. Dr Cortes says the vaccine is around 80% effective in fighting at least 4 types of Dengue fever. The best prevention strategy, however, is to eradicate mosquitoes, stop their breeding and take measures to protect oneself from mosquito bites.

As a medical doctor and notable Health Secretary, Dr. Cortes has specialized in treating many ailments including chronic back pain, joints and neck pain. His holistic approach is well-known among his patients. He recommends good postures to his patients, creates treatment plans for individual needs and helps them regain their mobility within a give time-frame. Dr Cortes has teams working to put an end to many epidemic diseases all over the country. These diseases include, but not limited to, Zika virus, Dengue fever, Hepatitis A, Diarrhea and Leptospirosis. Many patients after his treatment have beaten the odds and lived very long and healthy lives. Along the way, Dr Cortes has discovered that many of his recommendations are simply right and make sense.


A New Revelation Of The Fast Changing Real Estate Market After A Town Residential Analysis of Manhattan Market

New York City has on of the biggest and most expensive real estates markets in the world. Leading this market by offering luxurious real estates is Town Residential. Town Residential is the biggest firm dealing in the luxurious real estate market in New York City. Town Residential for NYC apartments for sale on townrealestate recently conducted a market study on Manhattan to get acquainted with the market trends in the fourth quarter of 2015. As it has been the trend over the past few years, the prices of real estates continued to rise. The analysis revealed that year-over-year average sales price increased by 5.2% to reach a peak price of $1,976,660 while sales in real estate grew by 16 from the previous year $1,150,000. The growth in sales is a good show as it indicates that despite the rise in price, people still had increased interest in real estates in New York City.

The fourth quarter of 2015 saw price per square foot continues to increase to reach a median of 6.2% at $1,365 which is higher than the previous year. Year-over-year prices per square feet averaged at 8.4% at $1,505 from the third quarter. An estimated 20% increase was seen in the fourth quarter of 2015 on a median year-over-year sales price of condos in Manhattan at $1,736,250. The median price per square foot records a rise of 11% from the previous year and 7.6% from the third quarter to stand at $1,606.

Co-ops in Manhattan had a 4.6% rise in price from $ 1,217,017 in the third quarter to $1,272,902 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Year-over-year analysis revealed that the average price of a co-op had a 6.4% rise. The average price per square foot had a 6.3% rise to $1,087 from the previous year and $1,066 from the third quarter of 2015. All sectors of real estate had an increase in price in the fourth quarter of 2015. The median price of a one-bedroom, two bedroom and three-bedroom condos stood at around $1,080,000, $2,056,865 and $4,421,300 in the order of their appearance. The median price of a three-bedroom co-op rose by around 15% from the third quarter to hit above the $3,000,000 mark.

According to Itzy Garay, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Leasing in TOWN Residential, the rise in prices may have been caused by increased demand by customers to own homes in New York. He also speculates that 2016 will have customers with the will and ability to buy real estates in New York but will not go ahead to buy due to high prices.

New Records Set in 2015 for the New York Real Estate

Real estate records in New York City  apartments for rent were shattered in 2015. Properties prices in different areas were on a continuous upward trend. The closing of a $100.47 million penthouse marked the climax of One57 by Extell Development. Other sales in the condominium that faces Central Park also toyed around the nine-figure mark. In Manhattan, huge prices were paid for townhouses and condos with new records for co-ops. Additionally, Brooklyn posted a new record from a single sale of a residence at Cobble Hill that became the most expensive in the area.

According to Shaun Osher, the Core chief executive, 2015 was the big sale year. It is more likely that the records will be rewritten in the approaching months as the city’s ever changing skyline will add billionaire bunkers. These areas include 220 Central Park South, 56 Leonard, and 520 Park. Kenneth C. Griffin, the hedge fund manager whose net worth according to Forbes estimate is at $7 billion is expected to buy a triplex for approximately $200 million at 220 Central Park South. According to sources that requested anonymity, Griffin entered into contract to make the purchase in late summer. The buy will be the city’s and country’s’ single largest sale.
Real estate analysts note that top prices will emerge when signed contracts for the early developments in the city close. The astronomical wealth as well as the continued demand within the super luxury category is likely to continue the trend. This is according to Pamela Liebman, the chief executive, Corcoran Group.

One57 broke the city’s record at $100.47 million with the city second most expensive property, Winter Garden, going for $91.54 million. William A. Ackman purchased the property. Many of the big sales in 2015 involved condominiums with recognizable names getting their share. Two of 2015’s top sales were co-ops that broke the record with $77.5 million.

From the sales that occurred in 2015, it shows that the demand for luxury properties in New York is on the rise. Companies that deal in the luxury end of properties like Town Residential are playing a major role in the booming sector. The firm offers premier customer service with a professional team of representatives. Andrew Heibeger established Town Residential in 2010.
Town Residential focuses on residential sales, marketing, and leasing in addition to property development. The firm has positioned itself as the premier real estate luxury firm within the five years that it has been in operation.

Bankruptcy Looming In The Horizon For HomeJoy

Chapter 11 bankruptcy has been filed for the once hopeful startup HomeJoy. This announcement was delivered via blog post. The startup was founded by Aaron and Adora Cheung in 2013. It gave customers the option to have repairs and cleaning done in their homes by professionals on call.

After raising $38 million in venture funding, they had aspirations for expansion
and were planning to do so. But, this expansion was cut short due to “many unresolved challenges in the home services space.” This is a statement from the July blog post. One founder said that worker classification lawsuits are to blame for the mess. Reclassifying contractors as employees could raise cost 20 to 40 percent in some cases.

On the flip side of the spectrum we have Handy, formerly known as HandyBook. It is another venture startup cleaning and repair service, which has raised over $110 million to date. They are in the lead when it come to hiring pre-screened, qualified, independent professionals. They offer a wide range of services as well. They have professionals you can book for cleaning, moving the heavy things you don’t want to, home repairs and painting ti name a few. It is quickly becoming the go-to for on call services.

You know that vacation rental that you wish you never threw that party at? Handy pros will gladly come and tidy the place for a fee. Is that leaky faucet driving you bonkers? You can have them fix that too. It really is easier now than ever to get things done without all of the effort. If you (like most of us) are busy most of the time, this service could really come in handy. The open market left by the bankruptcy of HomeJoy could spell an even larger customer base for Handy.

If they can keep their momentum going, they’ll continue to expand and profit. Only time will tell if they will remain on top of their business model.

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Men’s Fashion Retailing Hits Record Levels

The men’s fashion industry has recently been undergoing many changes with men of all ages and backgrounds looking to have a stronger sense of personal style than ever before. Online retailing has become a major force in the world of men’s fashions as increasing numbers of men are looking to Internet retailers for every aspect of their fashion choices and their personal grooming options. By moving to the Internet the world of men’s fashion has become more popular than ever before and has seen changes to the way men look and prepare themselves for each and every day.

Paul Evans italian Shoes are one of the fastest growing Online retailers with a specialization in handmade shoes from a top European manufacturer. The handmade shoes created for the Paul Evans brand are created by artisans at a family owned factory in Naples, Italy, which means each and every shoe sold to customers is designed and made to a high level of finish. The designs produced by Paul Evans take in everything from contemporary options to those that have a more traditional feel to them.

The history of Paul Evans Shoes is based in the problems two financial specialists had finding the clothing and accessories they would be happy to wear on a regular basis in traditional stores. Not only did the establishment of Paul Evans allow the brand to bring high quality shoes to the public, but it also allowed men to get the best quality shoes without the high markup found in most traditional physical retail spaces.

Online retailing has grown across the board for men, which many experts put down to the ease of use that is available with most Online retail options; many men are attracted by the fact they can look over options for making a purchase without needing to leave the comfort of their couch or desk, Business Insider reports. Another attraction for many men are the free shipping and returns options that have made people more aware than ever of the ease with which Online shopping can be completed.

Yeonmi Park: A Young Woman Finding Freedom

At the age of just 22 years old, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park has lived through more heartache than most people will ever experience in their entire lives. Within recent years, she has become a spokesperson who has shed light upon the very desperate situation in North Korea. This country is continually shrouded in mystery due to the efforts of its leader, Kim Jong-Un. When Yeonmi Park lived in the country, it was Kim Jong-Il who was at the helm, but not much has changed since his son has taken over. The country is still full of starving people who have spotty electricity, no internet and no hopes of a better future. When satellite images of the world are released, one can see lights emanating from other countries, but not North Korea. Yeonmi Park has also publicly discussed on casey and yeonmi show the death of a friend’s mother. The woman was publicly executed for reasons that weren’t entirely clear, but Yeonmi believes it was because she was speaking out against the regime. In a country that is unclear about everything else, this seems to be the one concept that is made clear to all of the residents; they are not permitted to speak negatively about the regime. This was why, when Yeonmi was a small child, her mother warned her never to express her true feelings in public. This was how people got into trouble, after all. However, the fortunes of the Park family changed rapidly in the years that followed. Yeonmi’s father was arrested for being part of an operation that smuggled metals to the Chinese, and then he was tried and sentenced to a hard labor camp for 17 years. Because of his status as a criminal, his wife and daughters were now ostracized by their community. They survived off of grass, frozen potatoes and insects from the backyard. Eventually, they realized that they were going to die if this continued for much longer. This was when they decided to escape to China, but the women had no idea that what was in store for them over the border was equally terrifying.

Shaygan Kheradpir’s Amazing Career and Hiring at Coriant

Coriant, a company dedicated to providing businesses with networking solutions, has announced that they have hired Shaygan Kheradpir as the new chief executive officer of their company. Mr. Shaygan Kheradpir is currently the successor to Mr. Pat DiPietro, the former CEO of Coriant. Mr. DiPietro was willing to step down if the right person presented himself to the company, which turned out to be Shaygan Kheradpir.

Shaygan Kheradpir has worked for a number of technologically-oriented companies, including Verizon Communications, where Mr. Kheradpir truly got his first big breakthrough. Kheradpir had been an employee of GTE Laboratories for a while, one of the companies that went on to form Verizon Communications. When the merger was finalized, Kheradpir was announced as the leader of the online division. This came about in the year 2000, when internet was not nearly as important and widespread as it is today. Mr. Kheradpir made significant contributions to Verizon Communication’s online division, such as helping develop Verizon’s groundbreaking FiOS, the fastest way to get intent at its time of development.

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Mr. Kheradpir went to college at Cornell University in the United States. Even though he grew up in Iran, he knew that the best education opportunities were in the United States, and it would be best for his future. Shaygan Kheradpir majored in electrical engineering with a concentration in control systems. This educational attainment has turned out to help Mr. Shaygan Kheradpir throughout his career. Every single one of his jobs has been in the technological world, where someone with a thorough understanding of technology can succeed.

Coriant primarily assists customer service representative companies who must have proper network and control systems to succeed. When one calls a customer service line, they will probably have their information pulled and their problem resolved in a few short minutes, marking the importance of an effective network system.

There Could Be A Potent Combination A Booming Commercial Real Estate Market In New York If They Paired With Town Residential

A recent review of New York City luxury real estate market reports by the website know as the Real Deal revealed some very interesting information about commercial and residential real estate for the burrows of Brooklyn and the expensive burrow of Manhattan. The commercial data for the burrows of Manhattan and Brooklyn were especially interesting in the article which can be found here. There was also some interesting data under the commercial category for New York City in its entirety. There was a 97% jump in the dollar volume from August to September. This can likely be attributed to the the myriad of multifamily sales. The total of multi-family sales totaled approximately $1.7 billion. This is an insane amount of money, which goes to show the growing value of real estate market and its reach in New York.

Office leasing has also been huge business in New York as of late, and the numbers the Real Deal has been reporting on New York City commercial real estate would blow most normal people’s concept of money and expenses into orbit. Almost 22 million square feet of business space was leased during a good portion of the year up until this fall. Manhattan’s vacancy rate was steady at 8.9 percent in quarter 3, and the standard asking rent rose to about $71 for every square foot. It is safe to say retail and other forms of commercial real estate are making a huge comeback in New York City financially.

Town Residential’s real estate management and consultant firms are more than able to help interpret, act as mediators and even handle the sales themselves. The knowledge this firm possesses for both residential and commercial transactions can’t be matched. They take a hand-on approach no matter what pricing structure the client uses in order to ensure satisfaction to all of their clients. The members of the firm who happen to assist in transactions have no equals in the field of real estate transactions, and their knowledge is truly unmatched.

Town Residential has used a winning formula combined with a unique approach used by its expert employees in residential transactions, but they have also learned to adapt and formulate a style for commercial transactions. The formula for the commercial transactions is just as impressive as the firms residential transaction. There has always been a great deal of care give to transaction whether they are commercial or residential.

Kheradpir’s Road to Coriant

Shaygan Kheradpir is a very educated executive. He earned his B.A., M.A. and PhD. in engineering all at Cornell University. He is today oozing with leadership wisdom experience. To date, he has more than 28 years of experience as an executive in a variety of industries. He began his successful business journey once his education was completed. His most successful, society-altering position came early last decade when GTE named him EVP and CIO of the new Verizon Communications. He soon became the top executive and drove the new company to become the top telecommunications company in world history.

After several future-transforming years, he left Verizon in very good standing to join the team of London-based bank, Barclays, as its Chief Operation and Technology Officer. Not surprisingly, he was soon promoted to the bank’s top executive branch where he was named the bank’s first technology executive. He was charged with leading the technological aspects and the customer service in the company’s many branches throughout 50 countries. He was recently named the CEO of optical transport vendor, Coriant.

The executive was with Juniper Networks until 2014. While working there, he aided Marlin Equity Partners as a major consultant. In this role, he helped lead the company as its Operating Executive. The executives at Marlin were so impressed with his obvious top-notch leadership skills that they named him the CEO, their new acquisition. His appointment is not only acceptable to all at Marlin Equity. They are absolutely delighted that they have landed on the good fortune of acquiring such an esteemed and experienced executive.

All are also very confident that he will take the company to before inconceivable heights of success. As he assumed this top role, Kheradpir replaced Rami Rahim who became the company’s vice president. Coriant currently has a role of around 500 customers in more than 100 countries and annual revenues of over $1 billion. Kheradpir is up for the task of not only managing all of this, but increasing it. Although Kheradpir is more than up for the task, it will still be very difficult in a marketplace with so many top competitors in the exact same field.