Month: February 2016

Dick DeVos Branches into the Liquor Business

Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy DeVos, through Windquest Group, their Grand Rapids, Michigan based holding company, are branching into the liquor business by purchasing Coppercraft Distillery. The Coppercraft Distillery was first opened by Walter Catton III in 2013, who is not able to discuss the pending acquisition of the distillery and transfer of the liquor license but has indicated that he looks forward to the expansion of the distillery through new investment. Located in Holland Township, the Coppercraft Distillery is an extensive operation and supplies over 100 entities in Michigan, Illinois and Colorado. Given the size and market share in the region that the Coppercraft Distillery has amassed in the region, this is a major opportunity for DeVos, who is poised to grow the Coppercraft Distillery into an even more innovative and cutting edge distillery.

As an experienced business executive and community leader, DeVos has a long history of investing in various business ventures in Michigan to bring investment and economic growth to the region. DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has never forgotten his hometown roots. As the son of one of the co-founders of Amway, DeVos grew up learning about the family business and developed a keen talent for entrepreneurship and management. He would eventually serve as a vice president of Amway, during which time the company enjoyed unprecedented growth under DeVos’ management. Learn more about the DeVos family’s Amway legacy here:

In addition to an impressive resume in business venture, DeVos and his wife have been active philanthropists and have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting education and the arts. As president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, DeVos has donated generously to support various education initiative. Notably, in 2010, DeVos was responsible for establishing the nation’s first public charter high school, the West Michigan Aviation Academy. DeVos has been widely recognized for his contributions to promotion of the arts, including supporting ArtPrize, an art competition based in Michigan.

DeVos is a many of many talents, which include aviation, sailing and civic leadership.

Congratulations to the recent Melges 32 Gold Cup participants and winners—what a thrilling race against incredibly talented sailors!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, February 15, 2016

DeVos has consistently been an active presence in the community and has been extensively involved in state politics. As a man of action and principle, he has campaigned for economic growth and the continued development of Michigan’s potential through generous political donations as addressed in MLive. 

The Newest Global Hotspot from FreedomPop

FreedomPop is one of the newest wireless internet and mobile phone service provider and is based in Los Angeles. They provide wireless data and voice and text services through the Sprint and Clearwire network. Founded by CEO Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar, the company is always trying to find new and innovative ways to appeal to their customer base and attract new ones.

Their most recent innovation is the launching of a global hotspot and SIM that will help give its users a large single seamless data connection. Available initially in the U.S. and U.K. the hotspot offers free date to those who purchase the device. The service will work in up to 25 countries including America, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and even some Eastern European countries as well. The company has plans to expand the coverage to Latin American companies by the end of this year and will dive into Asia later on as well.

At present, the global hotspot is available for a special beginning price of $49.99. The company will definitely reward early birds; the price is slated to go up to $99.99 later on. The Global SIM will be needed for the activation to take effect and is priced at only $10.

The data offering with the new system will begin with 200MB in any of the supported areas, but of course that isn’t a lot of data. They say that you get what you pay for, and that principle is definitely true in the data world as well. FreedomPop is banking on the fact that you will probably need more data, so they are offering a plan where you can obtain 500MB for $10.

FreedomPop has also done well in the financial department, raising $50 million in order to expand to markets in countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. The company has raised $109 million in total.

More info on FreedomPop:

Kyle Bass And His Nightmare Of A Career

Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management was nothing special until he accurately predicted the mortgage crises that rocket the United States two years before it happened. Once 2008 hit his previous comments made headlines and rocketed him up to fame like a financial guru. His fame was short lived despite his various TV appearances which have only served as an open reminder that people can make a correct guess once, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be correct ever again. Bass takes every opportunity to appeared in front of the cameras and speak nonsense about the financial market despite his inability to predict the flows, trends, and pretty much anything else.

Not only does he continue to run his mouth without any semblance of understanding he’s made ties with a well known blunder in the economical world. His friendship with Argentinian despot Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is another nail in the coffin that would have been Bass’s career, but he seems to think she’s the beacon of light in economics. Anyone else remotely intertwined in the world of finance knows De Kirchner has completely destroyed her home country of Argentina. The previous year her country defaulted on its sovereign debt, an act that Argentina hasn’t had to do in the last thirteen years. Yet Bass was quick to justify her actions and even praise her which proves he is so far beyond reality he isn’t even breathing the same air as the rest of us.

BBC has reported that Bass is in close ties with de Kirchner, and has acted as one of her puppets instead of doing his job. As a U.S. hedge-fund manager Bass falls far below every other person who shares the same titles as him, and his loyalty to her goes beyond a supportive friend. When a judge wouldn’t allow Argentina to only pay partial amounts to creditors whom they owed Bass went off saying the decision was “immoral” and claimed the judge was “holding poor countries hostage.”

Sadly his worst offense is not being Kirchner’s puppy. In fact he dove even further down the slime hole when he tried to come to the defense of General Motors during a scandal that left many dead due to faulty parts. GM had been dealing with backlash during incidents that left customers dead because their steering was faulty and the airbags never deployed, and then it came to light GM possibly knew about the faulty parts and did nothing. Bass went on television and publicly shifted the blame on the victims. UsefulStooges writes that Kyle Bass has fallen down his own rabbit hole, and he seems quite comfortable digging himself deeper without any cognitive thought that he is anything but right.

Living the Drama with “Queens of Drama”

A soap opera is about a group of individuals dealing with the trials and tribulations of life under highly sensationalized circumstances.

A reality show is about a group of individuals dealing with the trials and tribulations of life under highly sensationalized circumstances.

It was inevitable that the two genres would cross paths.

And so along comes Queens of Drama, a Pop reality series about a group of soap actresses striving to craft and sell a show. It’s fascinating to watch the almost operatic drama you’ve come to expect from both reality shows and soap operas to run right up alongside one another in this show-trying-to-create-a-show format. If you’re familiar with — or better yet, a fan of — one of the seasoned daytime actresses headlining the program, that’s great. But you don’t need to know who the stars are. Whether collectively proud of it are not, we’re all familiar with the reality show format. And the fact is, it’s all here and it’s all you need to join in: false loyalty, catty relationships, cocky and often backstabbing testimonials disguised as confessions to the audience.

What puts this show high on the list of brilliant synergy is how it manages to be a homage to what makes great soap in the first place. The show doesn’t merely bring in a cast that knows steamy conflict, but brings in pros like Hunter Tylo and Donna Mills with strong backgrounds in creating scripted drama, but obviously with the talent for encouraging what appears to be spontaneous conflict as well. The show also has some impressive pacing. There are enough disagreements, perceived betrayals and sharp cuts of the eye, that by time the queen of operatic drama — Joan Collins herself — strolls in immaculately dressed (you’d expect less?), you can almost picture a cat fight in a pool on the horizon.

Thankfully, like any good soap opera, you need a cast that’s game for anything and Queens of Drama has hit the jackpot. Chrystee Pharris comes from NBC’s Passions and plays the sort of neutral zone you find in a lot of reality shows. The one person everyone can talk to and form an alliance with, but strives to be a voice of reason amid the chaos. If the show has a lead, it’s Lindsay Hartley, who’s appeared on All My Children and Days of Our Lives. Another prominent cast member is actress Crystal Hunt. Hunt has appeared in the motion pictures Magic Mike XXL and Sydney White. In the world of soaps, she’s highly regarded for her work on classic daytime series like Guiding Light, where she played Lizzie Spaulding, and One Life to Live, where she played Stacy Morasco. Hunt has been nominated for Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest awards according to Metacritic.

On Queens of Drama so far, Hunt has played the adversarial component to Hartley, generating the majority of the show’s spark and fun. We’re looking forward to season two.  Check out Crystal’s facebook fan page to keep up on what the actress is performing in next.

How Ricardo Guimarães Feels LinkedIn Benefits People

The use of social media has always been a way to get noticed in the world and get your name out there. What you might not realize is that there are social media sites specific to the job market. One such site is known as LinkedIn and it is a site that has been trusted and used by millions for quite some time now. LinkedIn is a site that allows you to create a free account without worrying about payment and then enables you to also upload a resume and get noticed by business professionals in the area where you are living.

Ricardo Guimarães is a top business professional in Brazil and is one of the owners and founders of the BMG firm. BMG is a banking firm that is located in the beautiful area of Brazil and is one of the top firms that people use each and every day for their banking needs. The best thing for you to do is to consider using the experience and skills of Ricardo Guimarães to your own advantage. In a recent news article, Ricardo Guimarães discussed why he felt that LinkedIn was a great social media site to use when it came to getting yourself recognized in the business world.

Ricardo Guimarães advises business professionals who are just starting out to make a LinkedIn account for themselves. This account is quick and easy to create, making the process even less stressful to business owners who are already stressed out and just looking of ways to market their name. The best thing for you to do is to consider working with the professionals who contact you through LinkedIn and use them to make a name for yourself. Many people are using LinkedIn because of the fact that it has helped many to land better jobs and get the contacts that they need.

Besides the fact that it is endorsed by Ricardo Guimarães, LinkedIn is a top social media site for many and has been a prize in many business people’s lives for so many years. When you are able to get noticed by using a free social media site and even land the job that you have always dreamed of having, it makes things all the more exciting and interesting. No longer do you have to worry and wait for the right job to come along to you because LinkedIn brings the employers to you instead of you going to them. Ricardo Guimarães has recommended that any and all business people create their own accounts on LinkedIn and see where this site is going to be able to take them and the future of their very own careers in the business industry.

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