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The DeVos family is a large family that currently resides in Michigan that is not only known for the family’s success within the world of business, but is also a company that is known for their many donations and volunteering to organizations across the United States that have all benefited immensely from their many contributions. Of the many members of the DeVos family, Dick DeVos is a member of the family who is dedicated to spreading the legacy of the family and who is dedicated to making sure that the name of DeVos is a remembered name for many generations to come.

 

Even before Dick DeVos entered a formal institution to be educated, Dick DeVos knew that he wanted to become a businessman and that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Richard DeVos. Dick DeVos earned his degree in economics from Boston College and continued on to become an official employee for Amway Corporation where he was able to work his way to the top to work in many executive positions for the company. During his time at Amway Corporation, Dick DeVos worked as not only the vice president of international sales, but also became the CEO of the company where he inspired countless individuals to truly want to make something great with Amway Corporation.

 

Dick DeVos is a strong leader who has always been inspired by his father and what his father has done to countless communities with regards to the many donations that he has made to communities across the United States. Dick DeVos admires his father and has continued to follow his father’s path to become a philanthropist who is known for his generosity. Dick DeVos believes that success is not only attributed to how much wealth has been accumulated, but that it is also attributed to what is done with the money and who it has helped.

 

Dick DeVos, like his father, has given millions of dollars in donations to worthy organizations and charities across the United States. One of the initiatives that Dick DeVos is the most passionate about is to change the education system and to offer education to individuals based upon merit and not based upon the income of the family. Dick DeVos believes that education is the key to economic growth and is the key to bring individuals across the world out of extreme poverty that has hurt so many.

 

Eric Pulier is now encouraging young people to help find tomorrow’s solutions for today’s challenges. Whether that challenge is deep space travel, finding new sources of energy, building an artificial intelligence system or anything else, Pulier and other board members of XPrize Foundation are encouraging young people to dream big and find solutions. If someone can find a solution to a challenge, they win an XPrize. Pulier has brought his own ideas to life over the years from building his own computer and software companies, to helping find global solutions with former President Bill Clinton’s global initiative program.

Pulier began his interests in computer programming all the way back when he was in elementary school, when he started writing his own programs in 4th grade. He pursued this interest all the way through high school, and then enrolled at both Harvard University and MIT for college. At Harvard he was an American and English literature major who also wrote for the Harvard Crimson, while at MIT he took night classes in information technology and put his programming skills to use. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in the late 1980s.

Pulier started out his business and IT career in Los Angeles, working for a few years with a non-profit group called People Doing Things. In 1994, he founded a leading digital media company called Digital Evolution, later bought by US Interactive, LLC. After founding this company, he started several enterprise management companies including Media Platform, Akana, Desktone and ServiceMesh, the last of which was purchased by the Computer Sciences Corporation a few years back. He also wrote a college-level textbook called Understanding Enterprise SOA.

Pulier got involved in philanthropy, becoming a part of Starbright World, a program that was started by several big technology and motion picture companies. The program was a large virtual reality platform that showed young children how to fight chronic sickness. Pulier also was a part of an exhibition former President Bill Clinton decided to host after his reelection in 1996, the Bridge to the 21st Century. This exhibition showed what new developments were going to be coming, and even had a live feed of the space shuttle that had been launched not too long before.

 

Dick DeVos announced the appointment of Phil Dolci, the 48-year-old to lead The Stow Company as the CEO in Custom Storage and organizational products sector. Mr. Phil takes over Frank Newman, who is the former chief executive officer of the Company and is retiring at 67 years but will remain to serve on the Board of Advisors. Phil Bring into the Company great deal of expertise in manufacturing amounting to over 23 years of experience leading in Consumer Products Manufacturing and Marketing. Phil was hired to control the Holland-based Manufacturer being an affiliate of Windquest Group located in the Grand Rapids and owned by Amway Scion and Betsy DeVos, his wife.

 

The Couple has foundations that help in assisting the partners under their affiliate and engages in political activism through offering lectures across U.S schools. Before the Stow Company appointment, Mr. Phil served as the CEO for Crosman Corporation, a firm that was worlds’ leading designer of Shooting Sports attires. In Crosman Corporation, Mr. Dolci headed in the department Manufacturing and supplying of Products.

 

Dick DeVos is expecting the new CEO to lead the Company towards in-depth growth and development in the manufacturing of Consumer products. The Stow Company has already laid infrastructure that will make Mr. Phil develop prominent expansion strategies. Before Joining Crosman, Dolci worked for several companies like Jarden Corporation, Sanford, ConAgraFoods, and a division of Newell Rubbermaid holding leadership positions.

 

The Stow Company was founded in 1984 with a large Industrial facility located at Holland and Indianapolis at Windquest Drive. Stow products are traded under different brands like ORG Home, EasyClose, and Easy Track, and Wine Cellars and operate under umbrella Companies that include The Reserve, Boxed Water, downtown Grand Rapids Restaurant, and Neurocore.

 

Dick DeVos is the Chairman of The Stow Company that he founded due to his experience in Manufacturing of Consumer products. Dick is the only Son of Richard DeVos and Amway. He was raised in Michigan where he attended school at Forest Hill, which is a public school. Later Dick DeVos graduated from Northwood University. He started working for the family Business at Amway Corporation in 1974 where he served at the Managerial position before assuming the position of Vice President in 1984.

 

As the Vice President at Amway International, Dick led the Company into massive growth and development that lead to opening offices in over 18 countries across the globe. In 1991, Dick left Amway and became the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise. He led the Company for the period of two years and returned to Amway Corporation as the President where he acquired big profit Margins.

 

 

Charles Koch was born on November 1, 1935, in Wichita, Kansas where he grew up. His parents were Mary (née Robinson) and Fred Chase Koch, and he was one of the four brothers. Harry Koch, his grandfather, migrated to West Texas from Holland and settled. Charles Koch is currently a billionaire who controls a large fortune of political and policy empire controlled by a billionaire. Charles Koch is also an industrialist who owns many companies worldwide.

Charles Koch has now embarked in philanthropic work and is setting up a non-profit organization that will help eradicate problems in the society. He hopes that the non-profit organization will be able to counter chronic social issues and provide a lasting solution to the problems. This new society will be built that is poverty free and can offer quality educational to its younger generation.

Charles Koch calls the charity organization Stand Together. The organization is still in the making, but once fully operational it targets to raise around $15 million this year towards charity. Stand Together can easily be described as a venture into philanthropy that is mainly aimed at strengthening the fabric of American society through improvement.

The main objective of Stand Together charity organization is to enable the making of real difference in people’s lives by addressing the challenges they ate facing. The organization will partner with other private groups that deal with social problems like gang violence and high recidivism rates to make a more noticeable impact. After newly a year of underground work Stand Together is set to be launched soon. The organization will also be launching its website to the public. On this website, Stand Together will be widely sharing information about its plans. The organization also has an annual winter seminar for the donor, that will be hosted at Palm Springs, California coming soon.

Stand Together plans to partner with Bob Woodson, who is a popular black conservative and the president and chief executive officer of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise to train young leaders in the society on how to bring change. Bob Woodson, who was a close ally of President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives and also traveled with House Speaker Paul Ryan to initiate in the war on poverty and poverty eradication plans on poor neighborhoods.

Even though Charles Koch launches Stand together this year, he and his brother have been donors to various charities for years.

This article recapped http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/01/29/koch-brothers-push-poverty-education-societal-change–initiative-republican/79468744/

 

To the uninitiated, the question of who is Brian Mulligan often leads to the question, “Brian who?” This response is indicative of the career of a man who has striven to success with humility and drive. These two disparate characteristics are often self-exclusive in the world of business but have contributed to a success that is both unusual and exemplary.

Focus and drive became apparent as his key features when he entered the University of Southern California, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and immediately followed that considerable accomplishment with an MBA from the same University. Armed with a considerable education, Brian helped found the Entertainment Practice Unit and became its Senior Manager. After nearly six years he moved on to MCA Incorporated and worked as its Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller where he stayed for six more years, learning the ropes of the finance industry through hard personal experience. It was in these two positions where Brian reaffirmed his belief that the world is always changing and the successful are those who adapt to those changes.

Over a thirty-year period, Brian Mulligan has held nearly every position in the media/entertainment business. His expertise is sought by Universities and enterprises alike. Often Brian has worked with small corporations to set up their program for success.

Over the years, Brian has become a multi-faceted individual that takes on projects that other executives reject. Currently, his role as CEO of Brooknol Advisors, an advisory corporation in Sports, Media, and Entertainment allows him the freedom to act within the whole community of Los Angeles. Known for his quick wit and his drive to teach the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment, Brian has become a sought out commodity in the philanthropic community as well. Brian’s involvement in the “A Better LA” project was instrumental in raising over $90 million for Los Angeles schools. He has also worked at the foundation level of society, contributing that most elusive of elements—time—to the coaching of football and basketball to kids. Brian believes so intensely in the concept of adaptability that he teaches these kids to not accept defeat, but to adapt to it and change it to make defeat a lesson toward success.

Without the influence of persons like Brian Mulligan, the community of Los Angeles would be a different world. His drive to succeed with humility is contagious to all who work with him and to all who experience his touch.