Dick DeVos Gives Back To The Community

Day Two of the 2016 Gold Cup sailing competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, presented by the Lauderdale Yacht Club proved to be simply amazing! So competitive was the racing, officials increased the competition with the addition of three more races.

On the day, three races turned everything topsy-turvy as Volpe, captained by philanthropist and entrepreneur Dick DeVos captured the top spot ahead of current world champion and captain of STIG, Alessandro Rombelli. Third place is governed by Pisces captain Ben Schwartz, who took part in an altercation in the fifth race. Fourth and fifth place went to Richard Goransson’s Inga, hailing from Sweden and Rick DeVos, captain of Delta. As competitive as the races were, the newspaper headlines will speak of the influx of junior sailors in this year’s competition that hail from the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. A junior sailor was a member of each Melges 32 crew, allowing them to get right into the thick of things and experience the spirit and competitive nature of sailing against the world’s best Grand Prix sailors. Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta top honors for junior sailors went to Denver Rozzo and Michael Moss 

Windy conditions out on the water impacted the day’s results beginning with the first race, where Captain Rombelli of STIG out maneuvered Dick DeVos with Volpe, for first and Ben Schwarts placed third with Pisces. The most eventful race of the day was Race Four where Team Pisces kept a commanding lead throughout the course and won, in spite of areas where the breeze fizzled to almost non-existence. 

Congratulations to the recent Melges 32 Gold Cup participants and winners—what a thrilling race against incredibly talented sailors!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, February 15, 2016

DeVos has a deep belief in the need for education, as he served on the State Board of Education. Dick established the Education Freedom Fund, a program that provides underprivileged kids in Michigan with scholarships. He also created the West Michigan Aviation Academy, an institution that inspires individuals with an interest in aeronautical science. 

Dick is a renowned businessman and philanthropist. Every place he sets foot in turns to success. A graduate of Northwood University in Michigan, Dick DeVos is an acclaimed and honored National Champion sailor. He has a deep commitment to community initiatives, such as in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His involvement transformed Grand Rapids, into a revitalized community with a new arena, convention center, and hospital.

His career began with his father’s company, Amway which is a multi-level marketing company (Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). He is also known for his great political donations and leanings which you can read more about in the following MLive article.

Keep In Touch With Your Loved Ones With The Securus App

One of the leading providers in technology and communication for the criminal justice system is expanding its operations. With services that include inmate communication monitoring and software integration and a variety of products that number about 800, Securus Technologies has decided that it is time for a new vice president of sales. John Bell officially accepted his post on December 30 2015 and is on track to implement decades of experience to his new position. The company has invested millions of dollars into new and innovative products that they intend to introduce to a growing list of items they already provide to the criminal justice system.

Setting goals

Securus Technologies has been under the capable hands of Josh Conklin who has continued to steer it into a prosperous future. With aspirations of expansion and a list of goals that could only be considered as impressive the company felt it would serve its clients more responsibly with the addition of John Bell. Some of the goals they set for themselves include adding greater responsibility to the technology center. Build on their sales program and making it a force to be reckoned with. Provide greater opportunities to their clients in the form of bundled products. They also look forward to more one and one encounters with the clients on a more frequent basis.

The company

Technology has touched many corners of our life and Securus is determined to see that they do their part to bring it even closer. Communications is an important part of technology and that should never be restricted to people of the free world. The contributions employed by Securus is focused on the criminal justice system and those items are state of the art. This Dallas based corporation has played a vital part in ensuring that inmates have easy access to their loved ones since 1986 from within the walls of their confinement.

Their newest video visitation software has been a gift to many loved ones of inmates. The Securus app has been downloaded more than 60,000 times since its recent release and the numbers continue to climb thanks to their new iOS release for Apple products. This secure platform allows inmates to video chat with their loved ones from any where they have cell service as the service accesses the app and works from any smartphone or device that connects to the internet with video capabilities. To see how the app works for yourself, download it here: http://www.securustechnologies.com/en

The future

Most of us on the outside may take some of the benefits of being able to see and touch our loved ones for granted. The moment they are incarcerated personal lifestyles change and commuting to the place they call home becomes a stressful experience. With more than 1.2 million inmates being affected and family members almost always having access to a computer Securus Technologies has decided to implement their app to make it easier for face-to-face encounters with their loved ones. Securus takes their responsibilities very seriously and that is especially true when it comes to communications between inmates and their loved ones.

Learn more about Securus here >> http://www.securustechnologies.com/en/about-us

Predictions for New York City Real Estate for 2016

A report published in New York Daily News summarized eight things that the author predicts will happen in the real estate market before the end of 2016. The professionals at Town Real Estate which is one of the fastest growing real estate firms in New York City agrees with those conclusions. CEO Andrew S. Heberger stresses these factors are the reason buyers and sellers must work with a professional team that understands current market conditions.

The first conclusion that the article reaches is that interest rates will gradually rise throughout the year. Therefore, buyers will not be as confident that they are making good decisions. Therefore, properties will take longer to close. Buyers will visit several times trying to decide if buying a particular property is the right one for them. Buyers will demand more contingencies than in recent years. Buyers will take more time to study the situation and listen to more advisors.

The second conclusion from the article is that location will be more important than in recent years. Therefore, sellers must be realistic about what their property is worth based on its location. Sellers, particularly in Manhattan, who demand more than 10 million dollars for their condominiums will find their property may sit on the market for a long time as the number of these properties will continue to grow. Those with properties valued between one and three million dollars will find their properties still in high demand. The inventory of these properties will be low.

You need to work with a professional from  Town Residential  in this market. Choosing a real estate agent with convenient locations makes great sense since buyers will want to visit the property many times. That is why Town Real Estate has four different locations in New York City. Their experts in each office can guide you in buying or selling your property. They have a complete understanding of their individual neighborhood.

Soros View on Putin

On February 10, Project Syndicate published an article by George Soros. The article discussed the fact that the United States and the European Union were not recognizing ,potentially, their biggest enemy: Russia. Soros explained that while President Putin claims to be an ally to the western nations and to want ISIS defeated, he is acting in an opposite manner. The President of Russia has ordered several air strikes on Syria, but not on Isis, instead on the cities with high numbers of civilians. This has caused tens of thousands of refugees to flee to Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan. These same refugees then want to go further west and gain asylum in Europe.

Putin is doing this in order to flood Europe with many more refugees than they can absorb. Soros says that President Putin knows that this will create chaos and divide nations and ultimately destroy the European Union. The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, understands that the number of refugees has the potential to destroy the EU. In early February, Merkel took a trip to Turkey in hopes that the government would agree to inducing refugees to prolong their stay in Turkey before counting on to Europe.

Soros finishes the article by saying that the U.S. and the E.U. should understand that Russia is a much bigger threat than ISIS.

Forbes billionaire George Soros’ concern for the European Union extends much further than this article. Soros has donated large sums of money to institutes in Europe that are undergoing revolutions on the social sciences. He is trying to encourage the creation of new ideas that will help create more open societies that have more transparent governments who offer more human rights to their citizens. Soros believes the European Union exemplifies this idea.

George Soros founded the charity the Open Society Foundations. It now operates in more than 100 countries, defending innocent people, helping to lessen corruption and fighting for human rights. Soros has a passion for doing this because of his background. He was born as a jew to a Nazi occupied country. His family had to hide their identities during this period and when World War II ended, the communists came.

Soros fled in 1947. He went to London and attended the London School of Economics. For the next few decades he worked in London and then New York as an investor. Soros made billions of dollars. He also made billions of dollars for his clients. He is well know for betting against the British Pound and winning. But after Soros created a net worth of billions of dollars, he decided to follow his life long passion in the philanthropic industry and making the world a better place to live.