Dick Devos: Businessman and Philanthropist

Dick DeVos worked his way to the top of his family business by effort, experience, and trials and error. Like many keen observers in Michigan, he noticed the leading City of Detroit and its deteriorating urban core. He also saw that Detroit had used its resources to build sports arenas on cheaper land outside of the city. The famous football and NBA franchises seemed to suffer from their playing venues that were remote to the City and many residents. Dick DeVos observed the situation and took a valuable lesson about opportunity.

 

– The Grand Rapids Miracle

1991 was a Pivotal year in the recent history of Grand Rapids Michigan. Local leaders were engaged in developing plans for a multipurpose sports arena and convention destination. The plans were significant for developing Grand Rapids into a more significant economic role in the Western Michigan region. Dick DeVos remembered the Detroit experience and the lost opportunity to enhance the city. He formed a group of local business leaders that formed and advanced a plan to locate the arena and convention destination in the heart of the City. His group proposed to revitalize downtown Grand Rapids with a dynamic development hub.

 

– A Growth Cycle

The influential group that Dick DeVos formed and led demonstrated the short and long-term benefits of locating the new construction downtown. In short order, the new sports hub flowered into a new economic center for Grand Rapids and Western Michigan. The new center became the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, the DeVos Performance Hall, the Grand Rapids City Market and a branch of the Michigan State University medical school.

 

-Building Michigan

Dick DeVos has had a visible impact in Michigan. He has made an impact in politics, business, philanthropy, and education. Mr. DeVos ran for Governor and advocated conservative principles and fundamental changes to labor laws. He has translated his love for flying into a role as a member of the FAA Advisory Board where he and other experts help shape national air transportation policies.

 

– Charter Schools

He and his wife Betsy DeVos have advocated charter education. He established the West Michigan Aviation Academy as a charter school that offers flight training at its home at Ford International Airport. The academy is a unique school. His aviation curriculum represents career and life-expanding opportunity for children of all ages and economic levels in Western Michigan.

 

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Felipe Montoro Jens details IDB March 2018

Felipe Montoro Jens attended the Inter-American Development meeting also known as the IDB this year. Felipe Montoro Jens is a reporter, who reports on many economic related issues as they relate to Brazil and other countries that make up Latin America. In recent years, Felipe has been giving detailed reports on various developments concerning infrastructure development projects. Visit their website felipemontorojens.com to learn more.

This year the IDB meeting was held in Mendoza Argentina on March 24th. The meeting was attended by the President of the Inter-American Development, Luis Alberto Moreno. Also, the Minister of Planning attended, DyogoOliveria. Mr. Oliveria was very concerned about the country’s preparation for the fourth industrial revolution. The major issue with infrastructure project development is the lack of funding support for the private sector and the risk they take with public-private partnerships (PPP). It should be noted, reported Felipe Montoro Jens that Brazil, in particular, has really increased their dependence on PPPs to develop traditionally expensive infrastructure projects.

The Minister of Argentina and Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Governors. Luis Caputo also pointed out the need for some sort of financial safety program to stimulate more private funding investments. Since the government enacted the Federal Law 11,079 / 04 there has been a major increase in PPPs in Brazil. Felipe Montoro Jens reported on many PPPs infrastructure projects and the recent investment of R$44 billion towards many infrastructure related projects. There is an opportunity to continue these projects, but the private sector thinks the risk to reward ratio is not good enough.

Luis Alberto Moreno was really concerned about the implementation of road construction projects. The President of the Inter-American Development wanted more investments to improve the connectivity between South American countries. Garrido Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support assured during the meeting, Brazil would be prioritized during the investment process because of they have the largest economy in Latin America

Read more: https://www.baptista.com.br/felipe-montoro-jens-reporta-que-brasileiros-estao-entre-os-mais-insatisfeitos-do-mundo-com-a-infraestrutura-de-seu-pais/

 

Sheldon Lavin Has Helped Expand OSI Group

Who Is Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group. He has been working on growing the company internationally. OSI Group has recently purchased Baho Food and Flagship Europe. These purchases are an attempt to globalize modern food processing. Sheldon Lavin has been in the meat industry for about 43 years. He had already had a successful banking career and was the owner of a consulting firm. Since he became the chairman and CEO of OSI Group he has shifted the company to be an international food product supplier. The company has about 20,000 employees worldwide. Sheldon Lavin is proud of the employee loyalty that his family-oriented company has ensured.

Joining OSI Group

When Sheldon initially came to the company it was Otto & Sons. He organized financing for the firm and his involvement grew as the company was looking for investments abroad. Eventually, he became a partner of the sons after their father retired. He then dedication himself to the organization full-time since he agreed with the company’s culture and strategies. The company continued expansion, first through North America and Europe, then to South America and Taiwan. Finally, it expanded to China, Japan South Africa, Australia and the Philippines. With each expansion, Sheldon continued to gain more and more voting control until he reached 100% for the firm. Today OSI Group has more than 60 facilities in about 16 nations all over the world.

Philanthropic Involvement

Sheldon Lavin is a part of several charities including Ronald McDonald House, Evans Scholarship Fund, Chicago Boys and Girls Club, Jewish United Fund and several others. He has been awarded the Global Visionary Award in India. He is considered a distinguished visionary who has been successful in his endeavors. OSI Group has also been recognized and received several awards such as the Globe of Honour Award the company received from the British Safety Council. This award is for companies that found creative ways to reduce environmental pollution. Forbes has names OSI the leading company in the world. All company acknowledgements are thanks to Sheldon Lavin’s amazing administration.