Where The DeVos Family Spreads It’s Donations

Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He and his family reside in Michigan where he worked as the CEO for Amway and even tried his hand at politics in 2006 when he ran for Governor of his state. 

Currently, Dick DeVos is listed as the 67th richest person in the country, and it’s estimated he is worth around $5 billion. DeVos has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University, and he also attended Harvard Business School and the Wharton School’s Executive Study Program. 
The DeVos family is known, like other incredibly wealthy families in the country, to be a large contributor to causes important to his family. Along side his wife, Betsy, he runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. He and his family have been key pioneers in education reform through their foundation by showing support for many schools. They are also fond of religious charities that give to Christian schools, youth groups, and parochial schools. One of their biggest grantees is Focus on the Family. They are also big donors for conservative policy groups like AEI, Heritage Foundation, and Freedomworks. 
The DeVos family are also active donors in the political world. They are strong conservative Republicans and support both the Republican Party as well as a few select presidential candidates. Betsy DeVos is heavily into the political world, in fact, she chaired the Republican Party in Michigan for quite some time. She has also been nicknamed the four-star general of the voucher movement due to her activism in the political realm. 
DeVos follows in his fathers footsteps, Richard DeVos also donated to schools, conservative movements, and other conservative charities. He’s not alone in this family tradition though, his brothers are also heavily involved in both business and charities. Dan DeVos is the CEO of DP Fox Ventures, a diversified-management business located in Grand Rapids, and serves as a chairman for Orlando Magic as well as a majority owner of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He and his wife Pamella DeVos are hefty contributors to Acton, The Heritage Foundation, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. 

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Doug DeVos is currently serving as the president of Amway, he took over for Dick in 2002. He and his wife Maria run the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation that aids youth and families in the Grand Rapids area through school-outreach programs, the Student Advancement Foundation, Safe Haven Ministries, and the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Just like the rest of the family, Doug and Maria are stout conservatives and have donated to Acton, AEI, Heritage, Mackinac, and The National Organization for Marriage.
Learn more about Dick’s current business ventures by contacting him on his Windquest profile.

Darius Fisher knows Reputation Management

Darius Fisher is the current president of Status Labs. Status Labs is a unique business designed for the modern, digital age. Fisher describes Status Labs as a “reputation management, digital marketing, and public relations firm.” Fisher has been in the eye of the business community most recently for his article about ways to improve worker satisfaction and reduce turn over.

He details a variety of methods used within his own company to increase the satisfaction of employees. The two most notable takeaways there are the introduction of a company newsletter, and the employment of a system of goals and rewards in order to incentivize achievement.

The rewards system encourages productivity and helps workers feel acknowledged for a job well done. Meanwhile the company newsletter keeps everybody in the loop, increasing a sense of cooperation and unity while decreasing the chances that employees will become frustrated by lack of information.

Status Labs is an interesting testing ground for these sorts of initiatives. Because it is firm that does most of it’s work primarily online it maintains a relatively small staff in one or two centralized locations. This means feedback is quick and management can work with employees on a one to one basis.

Fisher’s company is an online reputation manager. Their clients are both individuals, private businesses, and public organizations. They help their clients to combat undeserved negative press online by teaching them to take advantage of all possible avenues to get their own message into the public eye. This offers them a chance to rebuff online criticism and change the negative nature of a conversation.

As an example, if a company’s CEO or upper management is involved in some sort of scandal, either personal or professional it becomes a topic of note online. Even if that individual was fired, if the attention gained was large enough, every online search could open up pages and pages of negative opinions, burying the good name of an otherwise reputable company in bad PR. Status Labs trains companies and individuals to take a more active role in getting their own positive message out online.

QNET Helps Chennai Flood Victims At IIFA Utsavam

I have used a lot of QNET products and I am a bit of a fan of their stance on corporate governance and care for the society and the environment. The products are great but when I support QNET, I feel like I’m also supporting the number of causes this company has attached itself to. This is why it was a matter of pride when I found out that for showing its support to the rehabilitation of victims of the recent Chennai flood, QNET recently contributed a generous Rs. 75 lacs to the Tamil Nadu CM’s Relief Fund. The ecommerce company made this donation under its CSR initiative in which it undertakes a number of causes that are beneficial to India in general.

As a person living in the country, I have friends and relatives who were affected by Chennai floods and to see one company come out and show such support is heartening, to say the least. The theme of the IIFA Utsavam was “Be1forChennai” and there couldn’t be a theme more apt for QNET to make this donation for flood victims. The event included Telangana’s Minister for Taxes and Cinematography Mr. T Srinivas and the donation was forwarded in his presence.

For people like me who live in India, IIFA is a big deal and the IIFA Utsavam is an award ceremony where talents from the South Indian films are honored for their great work in the industry. By making Chennai flood relief their theme this year, the IIFA Utsavam also ensured that many other people would come forward with generous donations and help the victims of the recent flood that devastated many families, hampered business, led to massive infrastructure losses, and ruined property. The “RYTHM” philosophy of QNET, also called “Raise Yourself To Help Mankind” chimed perfectly with this event. I first came across QNET through a friend and the company is a leading one in Asia. A lot of lifestyle products are offered by them and they have an ecommerce platform through which people can use these products. The distribution of their products is spread across 100 nations. Globally, they have 25 agencies and offices, and over 50 stocklists. This is excluding the local franchisees they have in various countries. In UAE, they have three different locations where they operate from, with their offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Mussafah (logistics hub). The CSR initiative of the company has worked with various NGOs to bring joy to the society’s underprivileged people.

The Mission of the Human Rights Foundation

Human Rights has been a main topic for the past several hundred years. From slavery to dictatorship, there has always been the battle for universal human rights. Among human rights’ issues is the issue of the fact that Nicki Minaj has agreed to sing for the President’s family in Angola despite his history of brutality against the people.

To stop Nicki Minaj from violating certain human rights issues, the Human Rights Foundation sent an open letter to Nicki Minaj that explained to her that playing for the President of Angola was against moral principles. This open letter stated that Unitel Communications, the company that is funding her trip, is the company that is controlled by the Angolan President. This particular President has been declared by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization to be a dictator.

The leader of this organization is Thor Halvorssen who is not only a human rights advocate, but is also a prominent film producer. His New York City-based headquarters was founded in 2005, after a family tragedy that inspire him to start up this beneficial human rights campaign. Mr. Halvorssen’s fight for human rights started long ago in 1989 when he was an organizer that campaigned against the South African Apartheid. Ever since the founding of the Human Rights Foundation, his opinions have been popular to publish in notable newspapers and magazines. Some of his opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Washington Post, as well as GQ.

Thor Halvorssen’s tie to human rights dates back through many family members that inspired him to choose this path. His goal is to help those that otherwise do not have a voice in oppressive countries such as Angola. Mr. Halvorssen’s dismay and protest against Nicki Minaj’s trip to Angola is a repeated event that happened with pop-star, Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey, much like Nicki Minaj, accepted the offer twice to sing for oppressive rulers for a substantial amount of money. Though she apologized for her offenses, she repeated the action more than once. The Human Rights Foundation is currently protesting against Nicki Minaj’s actions as Angola is a known country that has rigged elections that have elected the same leader for several years. With Nicki Minaj agreeing to sing for the family, this violates any human rights mission that the United States has to stop oppressive leaders in power.

The Emergence Of Coriant Inc.

The telecommunications company, Coriant, was founded as an independent company in 2013. Coriant is a corporate-leading supplier of driving metro-to-core transport solutions. The company has headquarters in Munich, Naperville, Germany and USA serving customers worldwide. Shaygan Kheradpir runs Coriant as CEO with Robert Leggett as Chairman and PatDipietro as Vice-chairman. Coriant specializes in products involving, Intelligent Network, Management, Integrated Optical Planning Solutions and Packet Optical Transport Solutions. In addition, the company’s products also deal with MSPP Solutions, Edge Routing Solutions, Cross-Connect/TDM Solutions, Optical LAN and Broadband Access. All of the technology used in the company originates from Siemens Optical Networks (NSN ON), Tellabs and Sycamore Networks. The merging of these three companies under Coriant was done by Marlin Equity Partners.

Before the appearance of Coriant, Marlin Equity Partners had invested in the three companies Coriant currently manages as one large company. These three companies, Tellabs, Sycamore Networks and Siemens Optical Networks, were suffering financial losses. Negotiations with Tellabs resulted in Marlin purchasing the firm for $891 million. Sycamore Networks was next invested in for $18.75 million by the company and finally, Nokia Siemens Networks sold optical business to Marlin Equity Partners as well. With the joining of all three of these companies under Coriant, the business is better prepared for handling potential issues and has over 3000 employees working in the industry.

Coriant’s New CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan Kheradpir was born in London, however, he grew up in Iran. Mr. Kheradpir moved to the United states to attend Cornell University to earn his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. His first job was at GTE Laboratories in 1987 where he worked in network routing, management and control. Eventually, Shaygan became chief information officer at GTE Industry and gained a reputation for delivering new products on schedule. During 200, GTE collaborated and joined with Bell Alantic forming Verizon Communications. Shaygan Kheradpir began serving as president of Verizon’s e-business section later becoming the first CIO/CTO of the company.

Kheradpir expanded Verizon’s range of telecommunications services along with the automation of operations. He continued to show his expertise when Shaygan joined Barclays in January 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer of Global Retail and Business Bank. Shaygan Kheradpir was later promoted in March 2013 as Chief Operations and Technology Officer. Kheradpir joined Coriant, the private equity firm, where later on September 28, 2013 he was appointed CEO taking over from Pat Dipietro who took the position of vice-chairman.