Wes Edens Is Leading Fortress Investment Group Into The Future

In the worlds of entrepreneurship, business, and investing, Wes Edens has become a big name in the United States. He is known as one of the founders of Fortress Investment Group as well as being a leader in business. As the owner for the Milwaukee Bucks, a basketball team that is part of the NBA, and other sports-related ventures, he is also becoming a big name in athletics as well. He has impacted many people with his philanthropical efforts that are considered by some to be just as impressive as the accomplishments that he has made in the business world.

When it comes to investing, Wes Edens is known as one of the most creative and knowledgeable investors throughout the world. He managed to help the company grow from the boutique equity firm that it was founded as in 1998 to an alternative asset manager with more than $42 billion under its control globally. Some of the companies that have been acquired by Fortress Investment Group under the leadership of Wes Edens have made some major changes that have helped to transform their respective industries. Some of these industries include health care, media, real estate, and financial services. Read this article about Wes Edens at Wall Street Journal

One of the large investments that Wes Edens has been a part of through Fortress Investment Group is the purchase of Brightline, a passenger rail company. Brightline recently became a partner of the Virgin Group which led to them being rebranded as “Virgin Trains USA“. The company runs the first inner-city passenger train system that is completely privately funded as well as operated for the last 100 years. While many people may see trains as a thing of the past, the company formerly known a Brightline is showing that it has the potential to be the preferred transportation method of the future.

New Fortress Energy was created under the leadership of Wes Edens. They are working to provide solutions for infrastructure that will create clean energy that is reliable and better for the environment than other energy. The company built the first production facility for liquid natural gas in all of Florida.

Read more: https://www.newfortressenergy.com/about-us


Betsy Devos Teams Up With Pit Bull For Education Reform

Betsy Devos recently traveled down to the city of Miami to meet with a famous rapper. The rap star in question, Pit Bull, is rather infamous for his misogynistic lyrics. Betsy Devos deflected questions from the media when asked about the rapper’s rather aggressive songs.


She was in Florida to visit a charter school that has been funded by the rap artist. She toured the school, talked with the children and shook hands with the teachers. She did this all by Pit Bull’s side, and plenty of photographers took pictures.


It’s a rather shrewd and politically calculated move by the Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. She believes in charter schools because the Trump official is trying to fundamentally change the education system in the United States. She wants to bring open market innovation to America’s schools with a voucher system.


A child’s main residence currently dictates schooling. The residence is identified by its school district which dictates which public school the child attends. The parents of the child can alternatively choose to pay for private education at a private institute nearby. These are the two options currently afforded to the vast majority of families across the country.


Betsy Devos wants to introduce more choice into the system. She wants the federal government to issue vouchers to each family. These vouchers can then be used towards educational choice. The family can choose to put the voucher towards the public school in their district, a public school outside of their district or any private institution they choose.


Opponents of the system say that it will take money away from public schools, but Betsy Devos argues that those schools would need to improve or perish. The competition, she portends, would improve the quality of education across the country. It would also allow families to use government money to send their children to religious schools.


And that’s why she’s down in Florida with Pit Bull. She is trying to publicly gain favor for her vision for the country’s education system. Pit Bull is an incredibly popular figure in South Florida, so she’s trying to align with his celebrity. After all, it’s going to be up to the voters to implement her voucher system.


Moves like this make the secretary a cunning politician. It seems she’s working hard to stay quiet on the national level while working at the local level to implement her vision.


To learn more, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.

Stream Energy And It’s Charitable Works

Hurricane Harvey rolled through Houston, Texas with a vengeance in August of 2017. Individuals all over the country witnessed the destruction from the heavy winds and huge amounts of rain. Many people lost their homes and their lives in this devastating storm. One of the first companies to take part in rebuilding the community after the storm was Stream Energy. During the rebuilding period, the company worked with its loyal clients who were having financial hardships due to the hurricane. Stream Energy has been performing acts of charity and has put many efforts into working to better its community for many years. “Stream Cares” is a branch of the company that recently opened, and its sole purpose is to partake it philanthropic works throughout the area.

Stream Energy starting a philanthropic branch of the company is rather rare in the corporate world. This enables the members of the company to give back to the community and will enable the company to increase its recognition in a positive way. This could result in the company greatly increasing its clientele as the company image is seen in an even more positive light. A company going through rough financial times or scandals can use acts of philanthropy to smooth things over and improve the image of the company. Many individuals will point to the greed that supposedly stems from corporate America, however, corporations throughout the entire country give billions yearly to various charities.

Stream Energy is known to have worked with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity for several years. The company employees work with the management to find ways to assist in the local community. Management often encourages employees to choose ways that they feel could do the most good in the area. Many within the company feel that helping the homeless in the community should be a top priority.

Stream Energy works with Hope Supply Company to give children who are homeless a chance to go to a local water park and have an exciting time. Many of these children have never had this experience in their lives. Their food and the cost of the park is paid for. Associates of both companies also help the children by raising money and gathering supplies for the children.


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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The DeVos Legacy

A plan was being hatched in 1991 in Grand Rapids to build a convention and multi-purpose sports arena in the northern area of downtown. During that time, Dick Devos who was on his way to his family’s Amway Corporation decided to lobby against the idea. He was worried that the construction of a convention center in downtown Grand Rapids would be detrimental like the construction of the palace of Auburn Hills and the Pontiac Silverdome when the Pistons and the Lions left respectively during the 1970s.



Devos’ crusade against the aforementioned facility resulted to the organization of Grand Action that is composed of business leaders who supported the building of the Michigan State University’s medical school, the Grand Rapids City Market, the DeVos Performance Hall, the DeVos Place Convention Center, and the Van Andel Arena.



Being heirs to their families’ fortunes, Betsy and Dick DeVos spent majority of their adult lives in trying to transform policies and institutions. Being mega-donors for the GOP, their political clout have influenced changes in the laws of the state that affects labor and education.



For her part, Betsy Devos lobbied effectively for charter schools’ expansion, whereas Dick DeVos instigated the 2012 law that changed Michigan to a right-to-work state from being the birthplace of organized labor when membership with unions is no longer a pre-requisite of being employed.



The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have reportedly given $138.7 million to scholarships for private schools, policy initiatives that are focused on education, human and health services, churches, culture and arts, and leadership programs starting in 1989 to 2015.



In 2006 in Grand Rapids, the couple made a prominent donation that amounts to $12.5 million in the building of a $103 million worth hospital for children within the Spectrum Health System that was named Helen DeVos, after dick’s mother and wife of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway.



The presence of the children’s hospital, according to Dick DeVos has taken the stress off for families to travel and for parents to take time off work to drive to Chicago, Ann Arbor, Mayo (Clinic) or to whatever place to receive health care.



Improvement in education is one of the major initiatives of the DeVos’, which is why Dick DeVos established a flight charter high school on the International Airport of Grand Rapids. In agreement, Betsy DeVos stated that her husband’s and her philanthropy and advocacy have always been on the same footing that searches for similar results: that kids who come from needy families will be given the same opportunities that their own children had.



The philosophies of the DeVos have not always been able to convince the public when in 2000 a DeVos subsidized legal amendment to generate tax-funded vouchers so students can enter private schools has been rejected. And after six years, Dick DeVos lost his campaign for office as governor to current governor Jennifer Granholm.



Being naturally persistent, the DeVos didn’t give up, and they found a way to have the vouchers for private schools in other states. And because of Betsy DeVos‘ choice of school advocacy for President Donald Trump to appoint her as the U.S. Secretary of Education.


To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.


Betsy DeVos is the Role Model Children Need

In a day and age where girls have an abundant of depraved “role-models” who promote free sex, broken families, drug use, Twitter Wars, backstabbing, homosexuality, and transgenderism, it is good to see a woman who stands for the conservative values that hold this country together. That woman is Betsy DeVos, and she serves as an example to all the girls in America.


Betsy was born on January 8, 1958, in Holland, Michigan. When she graduated middle school, she would go to attend Holland Christian High School. It was here that she would gain a passion for Christian education which would show later on in her life. After graduating high school, Betsy would attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From here, she would graduate in 1979 with a degree in business economics. This strong foundation of Christianity and Economics would serve her well in her political career.


Betsy, like her family before her, would become a member of the Republican Party. She served as the Republican National Committeewoman for the state of Michigan from 1992 to 1997. She would also serve as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. She served so well in this role; the party re-elected her to this position in 2003. During the Bush Administration, she served as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.


Apart from the offices mentioned above, she served as a member of the board “Alliance for School Choice.” She was head of the All Children Matter PAC. Her legacy would be her support for school choice, school vouchers, and charter schools. This combination of experience and passion would put her as President Trump’s first choice to serve in his cabinet as the United States Secretary of Education.


While her work in politics is admirable, it is nothing compared from her charitable giving. Ever being the philanthropist, she served as the Vice President for The Prince Foundation which was set up by her mother and father. However, she is more widely known for her part in the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which she co-founded.


The Christian faith drives the decisions made at the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation is centered in cultivating leadership and transforming this country in the five critical areas of education, community, arts, justice, and leadership.


The DeVos Foundation gave $11.6 million in 2015 to charitable organizations that support these five key areas. This donation brought the DeVos total contributions over the years to $139 million. Once this occurred, Forbes ranked them as #24 in their list of America’s top givers.


The DeVos Foundation can stand proud knowing they donated to hospitals, Christian schools, and think tanks.


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