Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dick DeVos

As a public plan began to enfold to construct a sports and convention arena in downtown Grand Rapids, Dick DeVos was on his own path to a position as CEO in his family’s Amway business. But because DeVos was concerned about the prospective arena, and its effect on the downtown area, he began lobbying to oppose the idea. DeVos worried that the multi-purpose facility would be just as damaging to Grand Rapids as the Pontiac Silverdome had been when the Detroit Lions vacated the city back in the 1970s.


Dick DeVos has always had the area’s best interests in mind and has tackled many past hurdles. He placed Grand Rapids on the map by helping to improve the airports air travel through West Michigan with non-stop flights out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Longtime pilot and previous Amway CEO, Dick DeVos was also appointed along with six other members to oversee the Federal Aviation Administration.


Dick and his wife Betsy, Donald’s Trumps pick for Education Secretary, are also key players in implementing public charter schools throughout Western Michigan. Once housing approximately 80 students in a dilapidated space within Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the nonprofit charter school earned its place when it moved to its own separate facility that houses 600 students from seven different counties. The school seems to fit with the DeVos’s philosophy on education and what Betsy hopes to achieve in Washington.


Hoping to learn from past lessons, Dick’s campaigning led to forming the communities own driving force of business leaders called the Grand Action. Other construction facilities that helped change the skyline of Grand Rapids, and the trajectory of the city include Michigan State University’s medical school, Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Performance Hall, DeVos Place Convention Center and Grand Rapids City Market.


The couple’s family fortunes have allowed them to spend much of their adult lives improving policies and institutions. Dick and Betsy DeVos are GOP mega-donors where they have used their political influence to change states laws that affect the labor and education system. While Betsy pushed for the successful expansion of charter schools, Dick’s focus has been on laws that convert Michigan from an organized labor force to a right-to-work state.


The influence of the DeVos family extends far beyond conservative causes and Republican politics though. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has also reportedly donated over $130 million to arts and culture, leadership, churches, health and human services and programs focused on scholarships and education reform. Dick and Betsy also donated generously to the construction of the children’s hospital in the Spectrum Health System in 2006.


Although the DeVos’s have been involved in many causes, education reform has been their top initiative. Through their educational and philanthropic endeavors, children from low-income families would have similar opportunities to those of their children.

However, the efforts of Dick and Betsy to sway the public’s opinion were not always successful. Voters turned down an amendment back in 2000 that would create vouchers for students to attend private schools. Dick DeVos also lost his campaign for governor against Jennifer Granholm.


While the couple faced numerous struggles, they never gave up. Instead, they shifted their focus on privatized school vouchers toward different parts of the country. Thanks to Dick and Betsy, twenty-four states including the District of Columbia offers more choices to parents and students.


Betsy’s school choice mission was also one of the many reasons President Donald Trump felt she would be the perfect fit for the role as Secretary of Education.


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CVC’s Founder Guilherme Paulus New Empire

Guilherme Paulus has been successful in the tourism industry since the 1970’s when he co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. His success with CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A made him a millionaire in the tourism industry and his bold move of selling shares from CVC to the Carlyle Group for an estimated four hundred and twenty million dollars made him into a multi-millionaire.

Guilherme has succeeded in all avenues that he undertakes, and now he has launched GJP Incorporated and Construction a company that plans to luxury condominiums on excess land that he owns where his hotels have been built.

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With his success in tourism with CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A and his success in hotel management with GJP Hotel and Resorts Guilherme Paulus has all of the knowledge he needs to succeed in construction. Guilherme Paulus first bought a hotel in 1995 in the city of Gramado, and his success in with this first hotel prompted him to create GJP Hotel and Resorts ten years later. The idea of land development was brought up after he bought a golf course with 2.5 million square meters of land. The 2.5 million square meters had some excess land, and Guilherme Paulus will now build condominiums on that excess land. Paulus joked, that since he already owned the land, he might as well make some money with the land by building condominiums on the land.

GJP Incorporated and Construction will soon launch Village Iguassu Golf Residence according to revistahoteis.com.br. The condominiums will occupy 160,000 square meters. There will be 109 lots, and the condominiums will be built in an American Style. The condos will have access to a gym, playroom, game room, playground, and will share the golf course. The clubhouse and all other structures have been built. The buyers will have to purchase a lot of land and then pay to have the condominium built. There is some restrictions regarding how the condos can be built, but otherwise, the buyers have many choices. Paulus has plans for other residential projects in Gramado, Aracaju, and Maceió.

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US’s Financial Institution to Watch Out

Nexbank is a financial services firm that serves its clients through three main businesses; Institutional Services, Mortgage Banking, and Commercial Banking. It is the 152nd largest bank in the US and has been in business since 1934, and as of March 2018, it had 87 employees at three different locations; NexBank SSB, Preston Center Branch, and Mckinney Branch. As of March 2018, the company had $8.4 billion in assets.

The renowned financial company based in Dallas Texas offers personalized banking and financial services primarily to corporations, financial institutions, and institutional clients nationwide. NexBank’s financial market rates are four times the national average and currently holds an A health rating. In November 2016, the CEO and Chairman of NexBank was a panelist at the 5th Annual Texas Bankers Association’s Strategic Opportunities and M&A Conference in New Orleans.

NexBank partners with other financial institutions to come up with funding that supports their expansion efforts and acquisitions. Their holding company term loans provide the flexibility and additional capital their clients need to invest in opportunities and grow their businesses. Their flexible financing option is convenient as clients can access funds whenever they need it. Through the bank’s customized integrated cash management solutions and depository services, clients can efficiently manage their accounts, increase returns on their assets and increase their treasury capabilities.

When it comes to mortgages, NexBank offers a variety of funding solutions to meet the need of today’s mortgage terms. They focus on enhancement and preservation of property values by increasing efficiencies, minimizing operating costs and improving tenant experience. NexBank generally offers a wide range of services that are customized to their clients’ specific needs. They go ahead to provide dedicated finance and banking professionals to help their clients gain greater insight into their clients’ depository activities. The company’s streamlined process allows clients to reduce administrative burdens and efficiently manage their accounts.