Dick DeVos

Have you noticed the DeVos family rising up the political ladder? As Betsy DeVos has claimed her seat as the US Secretary of Education, her husband has also been making some moves to work in Washington as well. However, he is choosing a path that will take him towards his hobby rather than education.

 

DeVos has been working in aviation for many years, but most know him as the President of Amway and for his foundation work under the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation. His hometown of Grand Rapids knows firsthand how well DeVos can help build your community. He worked with community leaders in the early 1990s to support rapid growth within Grand Rapids’ business district.

 

However, there were many other plans in the making for the city, and some of those plans did not support the current business district. For example, one plan floated a sports center and convention center away from downtown. DeVos put in word that he wanted business leaders to come together and create a better plan for the downtown business district that bring in more opportunities for economic growth.

 

One of the ways that DeVos had to create more opportunities was to work with the international airport. Gerald R. Ford International Airport had hit a stagnant period by the early 2000s. As many airports were shuttering terminals, DeVos wanted to seize opportunities. He reached out to Air Tran Airways CEO and asked him to partner up to bring in new destinations and terminals.

 

Air Tran Airways agreed to open those terminals, breathing new life into the airport. This also led to more growth when Southwest took over Air Tran a few years later. Even as Southwest began to shut down certain terminals across airports in the US, DeVos set out to keep all of the terminals and even add more to the Gerald R. Ford airport.

 

This eventually led to a remodel of the airport that would bring in $45 million in funding. Part of this was due to the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation. With over $134 million donated, the Foundation has helped with education and community projects across Michigan. One of those projects is a personal favorite of Dick DeVos, who wanted to create a charter school at the airport.

 

The charter school teaches students about aviation and how to become a pilot. DeVos has founded the school and helped by offering mentorship to students through his love of his aviation.

 

Dick DeVos now joins his wife in Washington to contribute to the growth of aviation and help bring a business vision to the council. He will work alongside other aviation professionals and directors of aviation. The council meets once a quarter to discuss the future of aviation, as well as plan budgets and policies that will positively affect the growth of the American industry.

 

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Robert Ivy Leads The American Institute Of Architects To New Areas Of Success In Then Public Health Arena

The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of New York-based architects who wished to halt the problems being seen across the construction industry at the time by aiding the introduction of building regulations across the U.S. Over the course of the life of the group may have felt it should use its position of power to develop a more powerful presence in Washington which many believe will result in a better standard of construction and design taking place; the different areas of concern for the AIA are being monitored by Robert Ivy who began his career with the group in 2011.

The launch of the “Decade of Design” plan of Robert Ivy in 2012 came at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in 2012 and included a range of options for the development of a new system for planning communities and designing new areas for community public health to be improved. As part of the “Decade of Design” initiative, Robert Ivy has spent much of his time looking to develop the interest in the public health of designers and architects from across the globe; Ivy believes the insistence on public health improvements will follow a similar pattern to the implementation of research linking design and a high level of productivity in commercial spaces.

Architecture and strong design plans are now being linked to a growing level of success in assisting community groups in creating a better plan for developing improved programs for improving health through the design of buildings. Robert Ivy believes the American Institute of Architects has the ability to play a role in the development of many different areas of development and sustainability including the need to develop new design options linked to developing a sustainable program for communities hoping to reduce their carbon footprint for the future.

There are many areas of concern for the American Institute of Architects under the leadership of Robert Ivy including the development of new apps and software designed to inspire technological breakthroughs in terms of impressive design and public health. Robert Ivy believes the health of the public is already a major factor in the design of architects but the “Decade of Design” program is linked to the creation of a series of new technologies which have been designed to increase the level of public health with colleges and universities offered grants for their increasing level of research being completed into the effects of design on medical conditions.

The American Institute of Architects, which has been operating under Robert Ivy’s leadership for most of the past decade, has more than 250 chapters across country, and its strong membership of 90,000 architects and design professionals are all committed to bettering the built environment.

For 150 years, the American Institute of Architects stood as a united voice for all architects. Its mission is to promote scientific and practical perfection. That was the mission of the original 13 members: elevate the profession’s standing. Since then, Robert Ivy’s expanding upon that concept, making the American Institute of Architects better.

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Roberto Santiago Makes Great Contributions to Brazil Economy with Huge Mall

Roberto Santiago is someone that has had a great hand and a major part of the real estate world in Latin America. People that may have never heard of his name are definitely going to be aware of his contributions to the retail aspect of Brazil. He has made shopping a breeze for natives and American tourists that come in search of a place to shop to their heart’s content.

 

Roberto Santiago has been a big part of the bottom line when it comes to connecting customers with a wide range of stores that give them access to the world of shoes, eyewear, children’s clothing, entertainment and food. The Manaira Mall has all of these things, and this great amount of shopping and entertainment possibility makes Roberto Santiago one of the most important players in the commercial real estate industry in Brazil. He may not have originally made a conscious decision to become such an important part of commercial real estate in Latin America, but it is evident that he knows that he has a role in this as the Manaira Mall expands.

 

In the course of two decades there has been a great amount of expansion in the revamping of the internal and external structure. The mall parking lot has been expanded for more customers. This is the direct result of more stores that have come into play as this small environment has changed. There are a good number of people that want to stay connected to the changes so they visit the mall whenever they are vacationing in Brazil. This constant expansion of this allows the locals of Brazil and the vacationers to get a new experience when they visit.

 

Roberto Santiago has a great amount of authority when it comes to building up this type of environment, and people are pleased with the amount of options that they have when it comes to this small environment. Many people have come to this place to shop, and lots of people consider it one of the best ways to spend your time when you are visiting Brazil for an extended stay. It obviously is not the type of environment that you can adapt to during the course of a single day. It takes time to get connected to all of the stores that are inside of this Manaira Mall environment that Santiago has put in place.

 

It is easy for people to embrace an environment like this because they have endless opportunities to get everything that may be on their list of shopping items. Roberto Santiago has left no stone unturned when it comes to providing a wealth of shopping possibilities. His impact on Brazilian economy has been huge.

 

THE OSI FOOD SOLUTIONS, the Market Trendsetter

The Aurora, Illinois based company is a meat-processing firm that also specializes in other retails food services. OSI Food Solutions, too, has offices outside the USA. These offices are in China, Germany, and the UK. The privately owned company specializes in different kind of foods ranging from poultry, seafood, pork, and beef. Apart from that, the company also supplies dough vegetables, fruit, and cheese-based products. OSI Food Solutions is a well-known supplier for global food chains for example Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s.

Being the market leaders over the years has made this company awarded with different awards on the global scene such as British Safety Council for the excellent management of environmental risks. This award was presented on 25 November 2016 at an Awards luncheon that was held at Draper’s Hall, which is arguably the best award in the food industry. For an organization to compete for Globe of Honour, it must satisfy the council responsible for environmental management and audit scheme in London. OSI Food Solutions UK has been in operation since 1989 and over the years produced beef and pork products for the restaurant industry. This is not the first time the company won the award. It was a repeat of 2013 and 2015 victory having over five stars in rankings in all the three times.

The company is employees oriented. The OSI Food Solutions firmly believes that employees are an essential aspect of realizing the company’s dream and goals. It is therefore due to this consideration that the company offers a competitive environment and stimulating one, but it has an elaborate plan for rewarding good work. This principle justifies their hiring criterion based on the ability to work as a team as well as working in a competitive entrepreneurial environment. When these qualifies employees are hired, producing quality services to customers is attainable. If trained, any applicant is considered for employment regardless of their color of skin, sexuality, sex, nationality and the company is an equal employer to people with disabilities. These privileges are enshrined in the company’s constitution.

OSI Food Solutions acquired a controlling stake in Baho Food, a private Dutch company involved in the processing of meat products and other food items for the food service and retail industry. The transaction is still subject to merger control approval. Baho operates plants in both Germany and the Netherlands with five subsidiary companies. The managing director of Baho, John Balvers will remain with the company along with his entire management team. They will work with the OSI Food Solutions leaders to implement a plan that will best position the combined business for longer-term growth. OSI Food Solutions’ acquisition of the controlling stake in Baho Food followed the company’s announcement that it was purchasing former Tyson Food plant in Chicago. OSI also doubled Chicken Production Capacity.

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