Meet Dick DeVos’s New CEO

Dick DeVos has recently hired a new CEO for the Stow Company Inc. The Stow Company is based in Holland and is part of the WindQuest Group. It specializes in custom home storage products. The previous CEO, Frank Newman, is retiring at the age of sixty-seven, though he will continue to serve on the board of advisors. The new CEO is Phil Dolci, who is 48 years old and has twenty-three years of experience in manufacturing consumer products. Before being hired by Dick DeVos, he was CEO of the Crosman Corporation, a Cincinnati-based company that specialized in producing products for shooting sports.

Dick DeVos is a well-known personality and philanthropist. He once ran for governor of Michigan and was listed as number sixty-seven on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. He has also studied at Harvard and Wharton. His wife was the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. His wife Betsy (formerly Betsy Prince) has been married to him for thirty-five years and together they had seven children and five grandchildren. He is also a jet and helicopter pilot and a two-time National Champion sailor.

He is the son of the founder of Amway, Richard DeVos. In fact, he took over as the president of the company in 1993. This was a position he held until 2002. Before he was president of the company, he was vice president. Under his management, the company tripled their international sales over their domestic sales. This was the first time that it had happened. In addition, he was responsible for company operations in fifty countries. In his final year as president, before he became president of Orlando Magic, the company reported sales of four and a half billion dollars.

“The Rivera Name Keeps Going”

Everyone knows Mariano Rivera from the New York Yankees. Well, his son, Mariano Rivera Jr., was just drafted to the Nationals stated Claudio Loureiro Heads. Rivera Jr. was around the 130th pick, but he is happy to keep the Rivera name going in the professional baseball league.

Mariano Rivera Sr. spoke out and said how proud he was to see his son achieve this great goal in life. He also hopes to see his son win a world series one day. Rivera Sr. also said that he is confident his son will have a perfect game at some point. Rivera sr. also knows that his son can hit, so he is anxious to see his son at the plate, too. This is more of a dream come true for Rivera Sr.

People who have seen Rivera Jr. play cannot wait to see him in the big league. He has a fastball like no other, and he knows how to read the batter with one glance. This young man already has tons of fans, and he will have tons of more fans as he makes his way through the professional baseball league.

Many MLB players spoke out on this matter. These individuals stated how fun it was to play against Rivera Sr., so they know it will be more fun to play against Rivera Jr. As for the Nationals, they hope Rivera Jr. changes their game-plan and helps them get far this season.

Keith Mann leads Nebraska to FWAA awards nomination

The relationship between football journalists and the schools they write about can often be a difficult one, but Nebraska’s Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Keith Mann has made sure Nebraska’s football team has a good relationship with journalists. the commitment show by Mann and his media relations team has resulted in the man named as Nebraska’s media relations director in 2004 leading Nebraska to an awards nomination from the Football Writers Association of America, reports.

The FWAA award is presented annually as a sign of recognition for the good work of media relations departments in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and is this year being contested by eleven schools. Amongst those nominated are Nebraska’s Big Ten rivals Rutgers and the USC Trojans. Keith Mann follows in a strong tradition of Nebraska media relations experts as the school has won the FWAA award on a number of occasions in the past and is rivaling five times winner USC for the top spot again this year.

Keith Mann is now in his second spell with Nebraska University after completing his undergraduate studies at the school he worked as Assistant Sports Information Director at Nebraska from 1998 to 2000 before departing for a media relations role with the University of Tennessee football team. Mann spent one year working with Tennessee before deciding to return to Nebraska and took up a media relations role with the Nebraska Golf Association. Eventually the lure of his Alma Mater was too much and Mann returned to Nebraska to take up the role of Nebraska’s media relations director in 2004 and his current role in 2009.

The role requires Mann to develop a series of strong relationships with media professionals and journalists from across the country as he serves as the first point of contact for media requests about the football program. The FWAA award is designed to honor those media relations professionals who are dedicated to providing the best information available and maintaining strong links with journalists around the country.

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Watch out for Matt Landis in NCAA Lacrosse Final Four!

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Did you catch the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals? If you didn’t, you really missed an amazing game. Hard-charging and exciting, this game was one for the 2015 record books. Viewers weren’t so sure the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could hold off the University of Albany’s Great Danes, but they did – ending Albany’s chances at advancement for a second year in a row.

How did they do it? It wouldn’t have been possible without star player Matt Landis, who fought to the end against Albany’s Lyle Thompson. Thompson had a goal and four assists in the quarterfinal game – the last of his college career. It wouldn’t have been possible without Matt Landis, Notre Dame’s coach Kevin Corrigan said according to Inside Lacrosse. It was Landis who guarded Thompson as well as one can and he was awarded Epoch/LM Player of the Week for his successful efforts.

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Landis’ performance was strong and physical. Inside Lacrosse notes that Landis made the extra effort to study how Lyle Thompson played, and the result was being able to anticipate some of his moves. Landis really kept after Thompson, which made it hard for Thompson to get a clearing to get through. When you have a great defenseman, you allow your team to rise up behind you. And that truly is the case in this Fighting Irish game.


Now that you’ve gotten a preview of Landis’ performance, it’s time to gear up for the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. We fully expect Matt Landis to come through, and we look forward to watching him topple another team very soon! Matt Landis will not disappoint with his physical strength and quick thinking on the field — two attributes of a great defenseman!


ACC Defensive player of 2015, Notre Dame’s own Matt Landis.

Matt Landis attends the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is an invaluable member of the Note Dame Lacrosse Team with 2 ACC defensive player of the week honors and one of the main factors for their 4-0 regular season leading to a 9-2 overall. Not only has Matt been a starter for the team since his sophomore year he has also played in a total of 44 matches since becoming one of The Fighting Irish. Now he is honored with ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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This year has been one for the record books, for sure. Matt has started all 11 games this season, caused 7 turnovers and collected 22 ground balls. He has become the leader of the defensive unit that has allowed a spare 9.10 average of goals per game. His defensive technique has been like none other seen on the Lacrosse field. He seems to play with a purpose and on the field, it shows.

Not only did he win the ACC defensive player of the year award he is also up for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. 5 men and women will be selected for the award and it will be announced today May 7th. Winners will be invited to the 15th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony which will be held May 28th in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Not only is Matt nominated for the award so are 2 of his teammates. Matt Kavanagh and Sergio Perkovic. Notre Dame is currently the number-one seed at the ACC Championship, even with their number 2 ranking. Matt Landis and The Fighting Irish sure are fighters!

Best of luck to Matt and his team for the Tewaaraton Award. Congratulations Matt Landis for the ACC Defensive player of the year!

Mariota Not Attending NFL Draft

Marcus Mariota is the star of Oregon’s football team and he has accounted that he will not be attending the big NFL draft coming up despite knowing that he will likely get picked for a contract. According to an article found on Yahoo! sports, Mariota told the hosts of the event that it was important to stay in Hawaii with his family to celebrate his future as a football players instead of going all the way out to Chicago to deal with it stated Sam Tabar.

PR Newswire said this has upset a lot of people, because it was also reported that Jameis Winston is also not going to be attending the event. Mariota also threw in that the reason he wants to stay behind is to be with his ill grandmother who has diabetes and wants to be able to be with her, but even still it seems that he is giving the media two separate stories. It is a little disappointing for the league for sure, because the reason they have the live draft is so that players can be showcased to the audience and bring in a large crowd of viewers. But if the top star players won’t even be there then it is hard for them to advertise that, and likely someone will have to accept their new jobs in their places.

Maybe the two players will change their mind, but hopefully they can work something out.

Bosh out with Blood Clot

The Miami Heat took another hit with forward Chris Bosh rumored to be out with a blood clot in his lung. Although the injury is not confirmed it is believed that Bosh is currently suffering from a blood clot and is out indefinitely. Bosh is the leading scorer on the Heat with over 20 points per game and the injury is another set back for the team that lost Lebron James during the past offseason.

The injury is not thought to be life threatening but will likely keep him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season and may even derail his career though many outstanding questions are still out regarding his future. Coach Eric Spoelstea was vague saying only that Chris was feeling under the weather and would not play today.

The clot first reared its head while Chris was on vacation during the all star break. When he returned from vacation and was still not feeling any better he saw a team doctor who assessed the injury and recommended follow up consultations. Blood clots can be very serious injuries and depending on their location can even be life threatening, particularly when located near or in the heart. Former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey recently died of a blood clot in his lung at the age of 52.

Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG have heard that Chris Bosh is currently receiving treatment in a Miami Hospital.

Packers Cut Bostick

Brandon Bostick has been cut by the Packers. He misplayed the onside kick in the NFC title game, and he was cut in the Jimmy Johnson school of coaching. When Johnson saw you screw up, he would find someone who would not make that same mistake. The Packers let go of Bostick, and many people think that he is being used as a scapegoat for the loss. The fact of the matter is, he might have been someone who simply did not have the focus needed to remain on the team. It is possible that the coaches were not surprised to see him make a mistake of this size.

When we want to slam the Packers for cutting Bostick, we need to remember that there is only one job in the NFL. You have to be winning. Fans at Rocket Fuel know he made a major error, and he is going to have to pay the price for that. Someone will sign him, and he will be able to recover from this mistake. However, we also need to remember that the best NFL teams are the ones that make changes with winning in mind. The Packers do not want this to happen again, so they are taking steps to fix the problem.

Rebuilding Prospects for Buffalo

This offseason may prove to be a rough start for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. Coming off a 9-7 season, finishing with a winning record would usually be a high note for an NFL franchise building momentum as they attempt to return to former glory. However, with the retirement of their starting quarterback, and their head coach quitting the team, the idea of playing in the same division of as the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots seems like a recipe for a losing 2015 season. But the team is not willing to toss in the towel before the draft, free agency, and pre-season has even gotten here yet.

Ryan will be the first to tell you that there is a long way to go, but the Bills will get there. However, they will have to do it without a first round draft pick giving it up previously to the Cleveland Browns. They also have not found an answer for their Quarterback Position, the only thing they are sure of is they want a pocket passer not a dual threat player like RG III, or a Colt McCoy that maybe available from the Washington Redskins. Fans like Ricardo Guimaraes BMG know that the team’s best bet would probably come from a Division II school, maybe someone like Quarterback Dustin Vaughn out of West Texas A&M. He is underrated by most scouts because of lack of exposure, but his playing in the place where football is a religion should say something.

Irvin Apologizes

Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks clearly was not happy about how the game was playing out in the final minutes of the Super Bowl, as he started a fight with the Patriots and was subsequently kicked out of the game. The loss in the Super Bowl stings a little bit worse for Irvin, as he apologized today for starting the fight and still has to deal with the fact that the Seahawks made it all the way to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row and nearly won. Fans like Susan McGalla know that they lost the game on a failed drive late in the fourth quarter in which they threw an interception, which made it sting all the worse for each and every member of the Seattle Seahawks franchise. Irvin says he was caught up in emotion and is sorry for his actions, which is very respectable for him to come out and say this soon after losing such a heart wrenching game. He clearly was overcome by emotions, as he never should have gone to that level, but you live and you learn and for Bruce Irvin he is learning within twenty-four hours. Call it the technological era, but that is a pretty quick turnaround for a player to come forward and state that they were wrong for starting a fight not twenty-four hours after it went down and at the same time incurring a Super Bowl loss.