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Josh Smith Helps Bring A Holistic Approach To Schools Across The U.S.

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Students at High Desert Montessori School in Reno, Nevada were delighted to receive a brand new greenhouse. Great Full Gardens and Modular Greenhouses provided the greenhouse, which will allow the students to grow food naturally. The gardening program at the school also received money for seeds, planters and soil.
Modular Greenhouse is a startup business in Reno, Nevada, founded by entrepreneur Josh Smith, that also donates to the Boys & Girls Club. By the year 2020, Smith hopes to provide greenhouses to every school in Washoe County.

Josh Smith is an entrepreneur and CEO of Modular Greenhouses. He is responsible for several start-ups that focus on health and wellness. He is a home gardener himself, he found it difficult to buy a greenhouse for his own home. He was able to work through the issues that stood in his way allowing millions of people to be able to grow their own organic fruits and vegetables. He went on to found a non-profit organization that helps bring greenhouses to k-12 schools across the United States.

Josh Smith works with only the right professionals to help him with his eco-socio mission. He sees problems and does everything he can to find solutions. With so many projects on his plate, he only focuses on the ones with the most productivity. His approach is a holistic one, and he tries to create a more positive way of living. Josh Smith is very passionate about organic and home gardening. He gives sound advice to the students he helps which is to not to listen to anyone that tells them they can’t do it.

Politics/Philanthropist

Billionaire Philanthropist George Soros Bounces Back to Empower Democrats to Stand up to the Presidency

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George Soros is a hugely successful investor, business mogul and a philanthropist whose net worth is estimated to be over $25 billion. Currently, he is the founding Chairman at Soros Fund Management, a private hedge fund management firm specializing in fixed income markets and public equity. He sits on the board of several companies and is the Chairman of his philanthropy organization, the Open Society Foundation, OSF, which is a holding unit for the philanthropy activities in various Soros Foundations in over 100 countries around the world; giving a voice to human rights causes and democracy.

The billionaire is an adept entrepreneur and investor. His best bet was during the 1992 “Black Wednesday” when he shorted the British Pound and ended up $1 billion richer earning the title “the man who broke the Bank of England.”

George Soros’ support for the Democratic Party was best validated in 2004 when he contributed more than $27 million to the Democratic cause to oust President George Bush. In 2016, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton platforms enjoyed more than $25 million courtesy of the billionaire philanthropist for the fight against the GOP candidate and current President, Donald Trump.

A vocal and ardent supporter of Democratic politics, Mr. Soros, has a soft spot for principles close to him that the GOP is hostile towards including religious tolerance, justice and immigration reforms on Forbes.

After the defeat of Hillary in the presidential elections, members of the Democracy Alliance such as George Soros met with famous leaders in the left corner including Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren to map out how to refocus their efforts to countering pro-Trump activities. On the agenda is strategic fast-forwarding to influence state elections and mitigate against Trump’s 100-day plan of action. His support to the Democracy Alliance, the DA, has accelerated other big donors and strategic beneficiaries on Biography in rallying around the idea that their target electorate audience consists largely of women and minorities. A lot of effort has been placed on inspiring larger voter blocks from these sections to show up on Election Day.

The meeting was also a call to reunite all the democratic allies and recap on tactics, strategies, and expectations that led to the presidential defeat and how to overcome these while dealing with the issues of approved democratic policies being overturned by the new administration on opensocietyfoundations.org. Additionally, strategy on how to get better numbers from the working class voter and countering policy battles in states where the GOP won is in the limelight.

The desired effect is to have tactical revolutionary think tanks and advocacy teams that complement the democratic agenda to cover some of the fronts on their push against the current administration’s planned policy disruptions.

Making a comeback to active participation in the Democratic Party’s events, the attendance at the DA meet is a powerful statement that only fuels hope that Mr. Soros will be more involved. Quoting his history growing up in Hungary and surviving Nazism, Mr. Soros reiterated the need to protect open societies, which have now come under threat from the presidency itself.

Business/Giving Back/Philanthropist

Dick DeVos and his Initiatives

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Dick and Betsy DeVos are two individuals who a part of the prominent DeVos family, a well known family that currently resides in Michigan, a state that has been able to prosper from the generosity of the DeVos family as well as the family’s prosperity in the world of business with the family company that is known as Amway Corporation. Dick and Betsy DeVos are considered to be leaders of this family due to their initiatives to not only promote the family name, but also to extend the generosity of the family and what it stands for. The DeVos family is mostly known for their endeavors within the family company that is known as Amway Corporation and for their dedication to make sure that the family company provides the best products to the customers along with the best customer service. Dick and Betsy DeVos have plans for the future in order to continue to improve the United States.

 

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, the founder as well as the developer of Amway Corporation, a company that specifically specializes in household products that are sold internationally. Dick DeVos has always been inspired by his father and has been inspired to follow the path of his father in order to become a successful individual within the world of business. Dick DeVos has been a part of the Amway Corporation family for over 40 years and has served as the leader of the company where he expanded the international market that Amway Corporation is a part of.

 

Dick DeVos has followed his fathers path in numerous ways. Dick DeVos has not only become a successful businessman, but he is also a successful philanthropist alongside his wife, Betsy DeVos. In total, this couple has donated over $139 million in donations to worthy charities and organizations that are dedicated to help economic growth throughout the United States. Dick and Betsy DeVos believe that success comes from how much is given rather than how much is made in total. Of all the initiatives that Dick and Betsy DeVos are interested in, education is one of the most important initiatives to them.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos understand the importance of an education. As an individual who worked hard for his degree in economics, Dick DeVos understands that scholarships and opportunities to go to college should be based upon merit and not based upon the income of the family. As a result, Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated to create countless scholarships and programs. Dick and Betsy DeVos even donated funds in order to create a school that would better serve students in the state of Michigan that has been able to promote a higher way of learning.

 

 

Philanthropist

Dick DeVos Stresses The Importance Of Education

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Philanthropist and entrepreneur Richard “Dick” DeVos is one of the richest men in the U.S. He is also the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. According to an article, Dick DeVos has an estimated worth of $5.1 billion.

 

DeVos served as Amway’s CEO from 1993 to 2002. During the company’s restructuring, the parent company Alticor was created. The company thrived under DeVos and reported over $4.5 billion in sales. After the family acquired the Orlando Magic basketball team in 1991, he served as CEO for 5 years. DeVos finally decided to strike out on his own in 2010 and created the Windquest Group. The investment firm specializes in alternative energy, manufacturing and technology.

 

DeVos and his wife Betsy are huge proponents of the state’s school voucher program. As co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund, the pair helped raise nearly $8 million to help low-income families. The Bill and Betsy DeVos Foundation has also given money to fund Christian schools and charter schools.

 

In 2006, DeVos ran unsuccessfully against Michigan incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm (D). His self-financed campaign ran on a platform of economic issues affecting the state. While DeVos got as close as 48-40, Granholm defeated him by a 14-pt. margin. Although he says he was disappointed by the loss, another run in the future is not out of the question.

 

After the run for governor, DeVos focused on his business and philanthropy. Funding from his foundation helped build the West Michigan Aviation Academy. DeVos built the school with his love for aviation in mind. “My only goal is to ensure that all children in the state of Michigan get a great education,” said DeVos.

 

DeVos lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Betsy. They have 4 grown children. Betsy DeVos was recently named as Secretary of Education by President-elect Donald J. Trump.

 

 

Philanthropist

Dick DeVos Within the Liquor Business

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When researching and combing through some of the most influential individuals within the United States, one individual particularly stood out to me not only for his success in the world of business, but also through his dedication to preserving and to spreading the family name that he is dedicated to. This individual is Dick DeVos and is a successful individual in his own right who has continuously gone above all expectations to continue to spread the family legacy of the DeVos family. Dick DeVos is an individual who is inspired by his father and hopes to continue what his father has worked so hard to build over the past few decades. Thanks to his father, the DeVos family currently owns a multi-billion dollar corporation that is known as Amway Corporation.

 

 As a successful businessman who has dedicated over four decades to building the business of his family, Dick DeVos has recently taken the time to explore new hobbies and to try new things with his wife and his other family members. Many of these hobbies involve new investments which will lead to not only a high rate of return, but will also lead to an overall boost in local businesses across the United States.

 

 In most recent news, Dick DeVos has taken a particular interest in the liquor industry which is an industry that provides some of the highest quality liquors that everyone adores with much time and effort that is involved in the process. Dick DeVos has used this new investment opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream and to become an individual that is now a partner within this industry. Dick DeVos hopes to not only learn more of the business, but also learn about the secret to making the perfect concoction of liquor that can be sipped on and thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 This particular distillery is sought after to provide products for not only events, but also for restaurants. With the smooth taste as well as the traditional name, Dick DeVos has finally found a hobby worth pursuing. Thanks to Dick DeVos and his investments in this distillery, growth will continue that will expand the products as well as where it is located.

Business/Philanthropist

Stephen P. Murray – CEO, Philanthropist, and Family Man

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Stephen Murray CCMP Capital was born in New York, on August 2, 1962. He was the Co-Founder and former CEO of CCMP (Chemical Ventures, Chase Capital, Manufacturers Hanover Capital/JP Morgan Partners), a private equity firm of New York. Mr. Murray was a 1984 Boston University grad, with an Economics degree.

He entered the Credit Analyst Training Program with the Manufacturers Hanover Corp. in 1984 and finished the program in 1989. He was also a 1989 Columbia Business School grad, with a Business Administration degree. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/stephen-p-murray#/entity

The very busy Mr. Murray then became a member of Manufacturers Hanover’s leveraged finance unit within their private equity group, which was purchased by and melded with Chemical Bank Venture Partners, in 1991. After another merger in 1996, with Chase Manhattan Corp., the company was re-named Chase Capital Partners.

In 2005 Stephen P. Murray was at the head of JP Morgan Partners’ buyout business sector. In the middle of 2006, Mr. Murray became the Co-Founder of CCMP Capital. He became the President and CEO of CCMP in 2007.

Stephen P. Murray served in many capacities as his career went through its developments into his becoming the Co-Founder and CEO of CCMP Capital in 2007, but these were not his only endeavors. He was also on the board of many well-known businesses.

A few examples are Aramark, AMC Entertainment, and Cabela’s, and Vice-Chairman of The Board at Boston College. Mr. Murray also supported many other businesses and foundations, such as Columbia Business School, Make A Wish Foundation of New York, Boston College, and many others.

Mr. Murray stepped down from his position as CEO of CCMP Capital and relinquished his title to Mr. Greg Brenneman, who had been the second in command. He left his position because of an illness which took his life only a month later (8/2/62 – 3/12/2016).

Mr. Stephen Murray was only 52 years old when he passed away and he leaves his wife, Tami Murray, four sons, and many other family members and friends, including those he worked with at CCMP Capital. Stephen Murray was a kind and giving man and a great businessman. He is, and will continue to be, missed by many.