Betsy and Dick DeVos contribution to institutin and their hometown

Dick DeVos cold called AirTran Airways CEO in 1991 with the objective of turning around the state of the Grand Rapid’s airport. The call that led to the CEO of the low-cost carrier to meet with DeVos yielded to the Grand Rapids Airport running nonstop flights at a cheaper rate.


After a few months of the turnaround, AirTran Airways was acquired by the Southwest Airlines. DeVos convinced the new employers to hold onto the nonstop flights that had routes to Baltimore and Orlando; this was after a long debate with the board who were hesitant about it.


After continued deliberations over the years, the Southwest Airlines decided to add more flights in 2013 to St. Louis, Orlando and Baltimore. After that, the Grand Rapid’ airport grew more than ever, and the management decided to plan for upgrades that spurred to about $45 million; the upgrades are to be completed in 2018. Some of the features that are being upgraded include the security check-in, restaurants, new restrooms and business centers.


DeVos’s influence did not stop there, Betsy DeVos, who is currently the U.S Education Secretary has had tremendous influence in different sectors just like her husband. Betsy DeVos has been influential in philanthropy and education reforms which have been her biggest initiative.


Her desire to help children from low-income families to gain access to education options just like the priviledged children was inspired her to march on to the expansion of charter schools.


As much as Betsy and Dick had their strengths in different initiatives, they were both strong in philanthropy. From 1989 to 2015, a whopping $138.7 million was donated by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to churches, education centered policy initiatives, health and human services, leadership programs and ars& culture.


The couple also donated $12.5 million towards the construction of the children’s Home Hospital Spectrum Health System that cost $103 million. The new infrastructure provides families with the opportunity of receiving treatment while their children are at home instead of leaving work to take their kids to the clinic.


As much as they have had their successes, they have also been ushered with some failures. For instance, in 2000, Betsy DeVos had a proposal to create a tax-funded voucher education program for children from low-income households to attend private schools; this was rejected by the voters.


In 2006, Dick DeVos stepped up to run for the governor seat against incumbent Jennifer Granholm; sadly, he lost after running an expensive campaign. Even though failure was imminent, Betsy never gave up on her educational reforms. Instead of sticking around, Betsy took her strategic advocacy program for private school voucher to other states. 24 states together with the District of Columbia adopted the voucher program for private schools.



Betsy’s passion for seeing that the advocacy program was working is the reason as to why President of the U.S.A, Donald Trump appointed her as the U.S Secretary of Education.


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Learn about Glen Wakeman in 3 minutes

Glen Wakeman is a successful executive and investor mentor, a small business owner, financial services manager, public company CEO, and board member. He has a 21-year experience in management at GE in P&L and business development roles.


Glen Wakeman is passionate about growing businesses through improving company agility and performance and by using a proven methodology that enhances and assesses five key dimensions of performance; human capital, leadership, risk management, execution, and governance.

Glen Wakeman is currently the founder and CEO of LaunchPad that has a fully automated software service that helps new entrepreneurs organize their ideas into plans that can work. The company has broad and massive tips and suggestions that will guide start-ups as they start. It is supported by a large number of capital ventures and mentors. 

Before this, Glen was the founder and president of Nova 4, a business accelerator that provides access to funders and strategic advice to developing companies. He is still acting as the CEO of coaching and board duties as a way of sustaining the developments. Glen Wakeman shined in all these positions.  (NewsSky)


Glen has received several locals, national, and international awards for his exceptional leadership and his passion and dedication to the corporate world.


Glen attended the University of Chicago where he received his MBA. For his BS in economics and finance, he participated in the University of Scranton.


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Glen spent 20 years in successful complex roles in leadership in business development, general management, and operations management. In his last position as the CEO of GE Money Latin America, he grew a nine-country operation from a startup that exceeded $12B in assets and more than 17000 workers.

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George Soros Returns to the World of Politics in Style

The political world underwent a true evolution in 2016 as we saw a Presidential Election that divided more people than ever before. The rise of Donald Trump as a Republican force coupled with his unlikely defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has made people wonder now more than ever what their future might hold. For those concerned about the future of progressive politics and democratic ideals there may be some solace to be taken in the return of George Soros. Soros, a billionaire investor and renowned philanthropist, is ready to stand tall in the progressive fight for justice and equality in America and abroad. Read more about George’s life story at

We can go back to the 2004 Presidential Election between Al Gore and George W. Bush in order to see our first taste of what Soros could do in mainstream politics. The Hungarian-born investor backed Al Gore, spending enormous amounts of his own fortune in order to help the Democratic nominee keep up with the billionaire Koch Brothers funding machine. While Gore would fall short in a controversial decision, Soros had more than established himself as an important donor and political activist for progressive politics. Still, Soros decided to step back and let the political machine work its way — until 2016.

Presidential nominee Donald Trump stood for everything that Soros had spent his entire life fighting against so it made sense that Soros would leap back into the political fray in full force. Soros would come forward to support Hillary Clinton as well as a majority of the progressive nominees down the ticket. Soros would spend nearly $25 million during the election campaign in order to fight for his progressive values, social causes, and democratic beliefs. Due to his ability and willingness to stand before progressive causes we have seen Soros turn into some sort of boogeyman to conservative politicians everywhere. With Soros standing steadfastly against Donald Trump, they might actually finally be right about something. Read his profile at Business Insider.

The story of George Soros and his ascension up the economic and political ladder is as fascinating as it is powerful. Soros was born and raised in a Nazi-occupied Hungary. Soros would see friends and family members killed by their oppressors before he was finally able to flee to London. Soros would work through the London School of Economics in order to gain his degree, all while laboring as a waiter and railway porter to pay the bills. Eventually Soros earned enough money to sail to America where he would start the Soros Hedge Fund.

As a self made billionaire and one of the leading philanthropists in the world it is easy why he would stand so fiercely against Donald Trump. President Trump stands for everything that Soros isn’t and that means we are ready to see George Soros rise once again.

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