Betsy DeVos Makes Two Family Dynasties Proud

Betsy DeVos is a well-known philanthropist, businesswoman, and political figure. She grew up in Michigan, as part of the Prince family. Her was father was a billionaire industrialist, making her family one of the wealthiest in the state. Her family was active members of the church and she attended private school before graduating from Calvin College with her undergraduate degree. After graduation, Betsy married a member of another Michigan family dynasty, Dick DeVos. Her husband Dick is the multi-billionaire dollar heir to the Amway corporation, and part of a family known for their philanthropic and political donations. Both Betsy and Dick have long-since been involved in politics. Betsy DeVos began being involved in politics in college and has served the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She has served as a local precinct delegate, Committeewoman, and Chairwoman. Betsy is known for her political fundraising skills, having personally raised more than $150,000 for Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Her most recent political post has been her nomination to Secretary of Education after the 2016 Presidential Election.

Growing up around success, Mrs. DeVos learned how to be a good businesswoman. She and her husband Dick are the chief investors and members of the board of a company that offers patients biofeedback therapy through a group a brain performance centers, named Neurocore. Neurocore offers these types of therapies to patients who suffer from disorders like autism, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and depression. Betsy is also the Chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded by Betsy and her husband in 1989.  Her and her husband produced a Broadway production based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford, called Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.

She is part of two family dynasties which have been known for their political and philanthropic donations. The entire DeVos family was ranked on Forbes list of the country’s top givers for their lifetime charitable givings that total more than $139 million. In 1989, Betsy and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a foundation that is motivated by faith and helps support organizations that are centered on arts, community, justice, leadership, and education. Mrs. DeVos sat on the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as appointed by President Bush, and helped built a new center while she was there that teaches art managers and their board of directors how to manage their institutions and how to fundraise for them. Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for education for decades, advocating for school choice, vouchers, and investing in charter schools.

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How The 22-Year Old Ryan Emmons Started A Successful Water Bottling Company

Ryan Emmons is the brain-child behind the Waiakea water bottled water franchise. Ryan saw a lucrative opening and went for it, wholeheartedly. His gamble paid off brilliantly largely in part due to the overwhelming demand for bottled beverages by consumers the world over.

Benefits of Waiakea Bottled Water

His outstanding product had everything to offer. According to Specialty Food, his Waiakea springs bottled water was most importantly, healthy and it came in eco-friendly containers which left no noticeable adverse trace on the environment afterward.

Thirdly, through the proceeds of his sales, he was able to give back, immensely, to the underprivileged societies. Together with the charity group, Pump Aid, Ryan Emmons has made safe water accessible to remote villages in Africa. Learn more about Waiakea Water: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/waiakea-hawaiian-volcanic-water-launches-followyourflow-social-media-contest-300393704.html

Barriers to Entry

The founder often remarks that it was no easy task penetrating this lucrative niche. The challenges emanated from the fact that this industry was already taken and owned by who he termed to as the ‘old boys.’

Only a handful of young entrepreneurs dared venture into this industry, but all that has changed significantly in the recent years. Today, his startup is among the most profitable companies recording a record setting 400% growth rate since launching in 2012.

Fact Sheet of Waiakea Inc.

The company forecasts an annual growth rate of around 170% annually. So far, they have reached a sales figure of 122,400 cases, up from a modest 2,304 per year starting out. The outlet continues to form professional allegiances with corporate clients like Whole Foods. The firm has a current valuation of $10 million.

Purest Water

The water is full of beneficial nutrients and minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These macro nutrients contribute to the favorable Waiakea water required density levels. The water gets collected in the small southwestern town of Hilo.

Nature does all the work of filtering and enriching the water. The water is known to have a uniquely soft and smooth feel on the mouth of the drinker.

Hair Care Wen by Chaz, New Beginnings for Healthy Hair

How many of you have walked into your local store trying to purchase a hair care product only to bring it home, use it just a couple times and throw it away because it simply did not work? How many times have you seen a commercial on television where the girl is advertising healthy hair and you run out to purchase that same item from the store? If so, did you ever consider purchasing hair care by WEN? If not, why did you not think about it? Were you worried that you had something to lose from purchasing it? If so, you were absolutely right. You should be worried about losing something. You should be worried about losing unhealthy hair. I mean this is the point after all isn’t it?

Walking into your local store to purchase items for your hair can sometimes be appalling as there are so many different products that you can choose from and sometimes it can be embarrassing. Maybe you have realized that when you wash your hair every day, clumps of hair come falling out. If so, WEN Hair is able to help you replenish your hair growth and the amount of hair you are losing each day. The amount of hair that you are losing will start to diminish each and every time that you use hair care products made by WEN. The regimen that you will use will decide on the amount of time that you will take to find healthy hair once again. If you use all the products, you will have healthy hair in no time however if you mix those products with store bought products, you should expect to see results later rather than sooner. Wen hair products are available online on eBay and Guthy-Renker. Also check out http://www.qvc.com/beauty/wen/_/N-rhtyZ1z141dz/c.html

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Take it from people who have used the hair care products, it is well worth the amount of time and money spent on your hair in order to have hair as healthy as a newborn baby. It is within reach with Wen by Chaz.

Safety Is Securus Technologies

When people think of safety, they know that they can count on Securus Technologies to create and implement new ways of creating a safer world. They did just this recently when they developed the Wireless Containment Solution. Since they are constantly creating new ways every week to keep the public safe, they are a huge benefit to the nation and the world.

 

There were other companies that also tried to develop something that would work as well as the Securus Technologies’, Wireless Containment Solution, but they were not able to do so because they didn’t have the proper means or expertise to do so. The Wireless Containment Solution is helping facilities all over the nation to combat and stop criminal use of wireless devices that was happening on a regular basis.

 

The use of the Wireless Containment Solution has helped stop many of the crimes that were going to occur from inmates contacting people from the outside of the facilities that they were in to commit crimes. By finding these devices and inmates that are doing this, Securus Technologies is helping to prevent illegal doings all the time.

 

Securus Technologies is a company that has quite a bit of background in the safety field. They are a huge success because they create technology to help with the monitoring, investigating and videotaping of the public safety field. They also deal with both the civil and criminal aspects of justice, and the government uses them on a regular basis. The company deals with over a million prisoners on a daily basis. They are an exceptional company, and they have invited the public to come and see their technologies at their Dallas, TX division. While they are there, the people will be taken on a tour and receive a presentation so they can see what the company is working for keeping the people safe. They are proud to do a service for the nation, and they are happy that the world respects their expertise. In the future, their success will be even greater. They want to do the best job that they can in making the world a safer place for everyone.

 

 

Cotemar is the Backbone of Mexican Oil & Gas Industry

Cotemar is considered the backbone of Mexican oil & gas industry due to the offshore services it provides to Pemex which is also known as Petroleos Mexicanos. The company was founded in 1971 to serve the Mexican energy industry. With the passage of time, Cotemar transformed itself into a top service provider in strategic fields like specialized vessels and catering & accommodation, especially in Campeche Bay area.

 

 

The company uses leading technology to provide efficient processes to contribute to the oil & gas production. For almost four decades, Cotemar is continuing to provide Petroleos Mexicanos with efficient and result oriented solutions to meet their industrial needs. Cotemar provides them services like maritime support, accommodation & catering, specialized vessel, construction, modernization, maintenance, and engineering.

 

 

Recently, Petroleos Mexicanos canceled two contracts with Cotemar due to fluctuating international oil prices. However, Cotemar is confident of overcoming the crisis. According to an official, it is a normal thing to happen in this sector due to reasons like a budget cut. Cotemar is not the only company to be affected by this move. However, it has made Cotemar delay renewing of boats from specialist company Prosafe.

 

 

Prosafe has confirmed that its work with Cotemar is affected by the budget cuts made by Petroleos Mexicanos. Cotemar was working with Prosafe to get three semisubmersible work platforms. As a result, Prosafe had to lay off two thousand personnel due to the cancellation of the vessel’s order. The workforce of Prosafe is now reduced to five thousand people.

 

 

Cotemar is continuing to operate specialized vessels for the National Oil Company. The vessels are used for the purpose of personnel transportation, maintenance, and construction of production platforms. According to Manager of Prosafe, Cotemar also uses fleets of other companies. Cotemar still has other contracts with Petroleos Mexicanos, and it is using large fleets of several boats for that purpose. Prosafe is hopeful of things getting stable.

 

 

In 2015, the prices of crude oil went down to as low as fifty dollars per barrel. As a result, Cotemar had to lower its equipment’s renting price. The manager of Prosafe denied that he criticized Petroleos Mexicanos. He showed support to the company for making necessary changes in contracts and management. According to him, the actions taken by Petroleos Mexicanos is by international trends. Cotemar is working on the modernization and innovation of its offshore rigs and processing centers.

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The Glorious Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management is a registered Securities and Exchange Commission investment advisor. It was co-founded in 1993 by Mark Okada and James Dondero. Highland Capital Management is the leading and most experienced credit managers globally. Highland mainly specializes in offering credit facilities.

The credit facilities include credit hedge funds, loan obligations based on collateral(CLO), private equity and also long-only funds. Highland also specializes in offering alternative investments. This includes upcoming markets and also either long or short equities.

The Highland Capital Management client base is diversified, which leads to its high annual profit despite changing economic trends been experienced globally. Its customer base includes financial institutions, government, high net-worth individuals, corporations, and public pension plans.

Apart from investing in the financial markets, Highland Capital Capital also pays back to the community where their employees live and work. It also supports the local community organizations and the non-profit making organizations by mostly financing their activities. Apart from the financing, it also offers advisory services and volunteering services to the organizations not only in their community but the whole world as a whole.

According to Nasdaq, Highland Capital Management also focuses on investing in programs mostly concerned with education, healthcare and also its members’ initiatives in the society. In June 2016, James Dondero, the President of Highland Capital teamed up with Linda Owen, Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, former president, due to the increasing spending on charitable activities.It has invested more than 10 million dollars to organizations all over the world since 2005.

Highland Capital has affiliates which include; NexPoint Advisors, Nexpoint capital, Highland Brasil, Nexpoint Residential Trust and also Acis Capital Management. Nexpoint Residential Trust deals with real estate.

Highland Brasil specializes in investment opportunities in the emerging markets. Acis Capital Management deals with CLO management and CLO investing and has 3.5 billion dollars under management. Nexpoint advisors deal with hedging risks.

Nexpoint Capital provides investors with opportunities due to change in healthcare of a nation.Together, Highland and its affiliates manage about 15.4 billion dollars of assets.

Highland Capital Management headquarters are located in dallas, Texas. It also has offices situated in New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Singapore.

One Of The Capital Group’s Biggest Asset

When he started his career as a participant, Tim D. Armour probably never thought he would be still working for the company thirty three years later. The veteran and now the chairman and chief executive officer at Capital Group has garnered respect not only in his company but also in the investment industry. He is the kind of person who will speak and people will listen as he has adequate knowledge about the industry.

Prior to being elected as the company’s chief executive officer, he had been the vice president, in charge of the strategic decisions of the company. Even before he was elected, the board of directors were working to replace the late Jim Rothenberg with Tim. However, after Jim Rothenberg’s untimely death, the board unanimously elected Tim to fill up his shoes. Speaking to the press, Tim expressed the loss and the sorrow that hit the company but promised to use the insight he learned with working with the late CEO to benefit the company.

Since his elections he has led the company into profitable ventures around the globe. One of his achievements was leading the company into signing a partnership with the Korean based Samsung Asset Management. The Korean based company seeks management expertise and counsel from Capital Group while Capital Group wishes to learn their marketing strategies. During the announcement, Tim agreed that the partnership would be beneficial to the two companies and also give Capital Group a chance to delve and penetrate into the Korean market.

Tim Armour has a strong relationship with his clients and his employees. When asked what he thinks about the economy, he believes that it is stagnant and will be so for some time. The federal government feels the pinch and understands the dangers of state of the economy. In order to stabilize it, the investors will have to give.

Tim Armour is an alumni of Middlebury College. Here, he graduated with a bachelors in Economics. He began his career at the company and in thirty three years at the company, Armour has earned himself several titles till date. At Capital Research and Management Inc. a sister firm of the Capital Group he is the principal executive officer and also the equity investment advisor.

The Solution to the Traffic Issue in Williamson County, TX

 

Williamson County’s Growth Sumamit provided a forum where members addressed the challenges facing Austin’s suburban communities. The panel at the summit included; Mike Heiligenstein (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director), Uber Technologies External Affairs Director for Texas Leandre Johns and Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesigns. The event, whose venues were the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center, focused on how technology has revolutionized the transport system in Austin and all over the world. Mr. Heiligenstein observed that ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles had transformed the transportation sector, but in the Austin area the problem could be tackled by building more roads.

 

When asked about transportation needs in the future by Panel Moderator Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, Ficklin said that the levels of the parking garage of the future would be five feet tall, just an inch taller than the vehicles. He added that the multiple levels would include a service station and a charging station. He then noted that would not fit any current building code.

 

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 with the intention of designing a modern transportation system for in Travis and Williamson counties in Central Texas. The mission of the organization is to offer smart, multi-modal transportation solutions which will ease congestion and make life easier for the ever-growing suburban community. Seven members of the board of directors are in charge of the Mobility Authority. The Governor appoints the chairman while the Williamson and Travis County Commissioner Courts each three members. The agency operates under the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 370. It has the authority to offer revenue bonds to fund projects and use taxes to repay them.

 

Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of the Mobility Authority and has been with it since its inception. The first project of the agency was 183A Williamson County, where it led the transition to cashless toll collection in the country. Mike served as a public official in Williamson County for 23 years before he became head of the Mobility Authority. He serves as the president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and other committees tackling issues in the transportation sector.

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Huge Growth With Fabletics

Anyone who does any shopping online is well aware of the presence that Amazon has. This is true for both businesses and customers. Amazon controls about 20% of the marketplace when it comes to fashion. Even with such a large online presence, newcomer Fabletics is not shying away from the competition. They are doing the opposite and have grown every year since they have started.

 

Fabletics is an online athletic wear company that was started by Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg. Their spokesperson is Kate Hudson, and the three of them have been a winning combination. Fabletics began due to an issue Don Ressler found in his personal life.

 

In October 2013, Fabletics went live. The online store was opened, and customers were invited to shop the inventory. From the start, Fabletics wanted to be a company that provided good quality clothing at a decent price. The clothes were trendy and were items that people would want to wear.

 

To be able to provide the best clothing and choices for their customers, Fabeltics gets to know their customers. They use a subscription service for their customers. Customers sign up and are asked questions to determine their needs and their wants. The site can then cater the choices offered to customers based on their answers. This allows each customer a customized shopping experience each time they visit the website.

 

Fabletics has seen outstanding growth in the three years they have been in business. Because of this, they are expanding even more. They have opened a few physical locations across the country and will be opening more stores in select locations. Based on the online data that has been provided to Fabletics, the company knows where their customers are and what locations would thrive.

 

By opening physical locations after being based solely online, Fabletics is doing the traditional process backward. But by having a thriving website first, Fabletics is at a large advantage. They have loyal customers before any physical location is even in place. Research has shown that between 30% and 50% of people who set foot into a Fabletics store is already a customer of the products.

 

It is no secret the presence that Amazon has in the fashion market. This can scare some companies away. Fabletics took what could be a problem and used it as motivation. With Amazon being so large, Fabletics needed to find a way to shine and they did just that. They took a different approach, and they have been thriving ever since. Fabletics may be a new company but they are growing and are here to stay.

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Find Some Of The Lowest Prices On Services At FreedomPop

Many people are so adamant that they want to stay with the same phone company that they have no intentions of moving to another company, even if better prices are available with another company. It should come as no surprise that companies like AT&T and Verizon have very loyal customers who wouldn’t leave them, even when the prices for their services are raised. Many feel that they can get the best rates from these companies, but there are other wireless service providers out there who can beat the prices of these major companies hands down. FreedomPop is one company in particular with low prices.

 

As seen in any FreedomPop review, having low prices is a given and is something that they have always strived for and have been able to deliver to customers over the years. With six years of experience under their belt, there are millions of people who now know about FreedomPop and use the services regularly. The free cell phone service has its place in the cell phones of many customers because of its ability to give them free phone calls, text messages, and data. The service includes 200 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of 4G LTE data.

 

Any GSM phone that will be used with FreedomPop must be accompanied by a FreedomPop sim card, which can be purchased online at a very low cost. Those needing a cell phone can also purchase one online from FreedomPop or can get one in a retail store, such as Walmart, that’s meant specifically for FreedomPop services. The other low-priced services that FreedomPop has are the unlimited plan and the unlimited everything plan.

 

With the unlimited plan, one only has to pay $10.99 monthly for unlimited talk and texts, and they’ll also be given 500 MB of data. Those who want the unlimited everything plan will only pay $19.99 and will receive unlimited data, talk, and texts on a monthly basis. Since data tends to be something that many are concerned about the free plan and the unlimited plan, anyone can purchase additional data for only two cents per megabyte, or they can use Wi-Fi to get more data. FreedomPop also has offers and surveys that can be completed to earn any customer more data.