Executive and Philanthropist Dick DeVos

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dick DeVos is a very successful philanthropist and entrepreneur. His education in business started at an early age. Even as a child Dick DeVos was involved with Amway. He is the son of Richard DeVos, the successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Amway.

 

From sales and marketing to finance and administration, he held a variety of positions while employed at Amway. His most recent position at Amway was the chief executive officer from 1992 through 2003. As CEO of Amway, he was responsible for a dramatic increase in international sales. The international sales increased from ten percent to fifty percent of total sales; during his tenure as the chief executive officer.

 

Recognized as a philanthropist, he supports several charitable organizations. As president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation; he contributes financially to many charitable organizations. Created in 1990, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation works with charities supporting education, community, and artistic organizations. Dick DeVos continues to support ArtPrize, a creative competition for local artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

The Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management received a financial contribution for twenty-two million dollars from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. Upon receiving this charitable donation, it was renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. This donation is the largest charitable contribution on record at the Kennedy Center Foundation. Recently the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts decided to expand their current facilities. They set a fund raising goal of sixty million dollars. Through his consistent generosity, Dick DeVos donated over one million dollars to the recent expansion of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 

To learn more, visit http://dickdevos.com/news/.

Cassio Audi has It-He Always Has

Cassio Audi is a name that is known well in the business and finance world, but he is also someone that many have heard of when it comes to music. Cassio Audi was, in fact, a Rockstar. As a part of band called Viper, he lent his talent as a drummer to the Brazilian band.

Not surprisingly, Cassio actually had talent as a musician and his band was recognized as one that had a lot of potential, even though their first record did receive some criticisms. They were popular enough back in the 80’s and toured around the world playing and had a good following of Viper fans.

Many who remember Cassio Audi from the 80’s recognized him as a talented drummer and many even think that he would have gone on to be a big star in the music industry. When one looks at Cassio Audi, they may find it hard to believe that he was a part of a heavy metal band in the 1980’s, but just as he is talented in the finance industry, he was also talented in the music industry.

What’s interesting about Cassio Audi’s former band Viper is that even though they were from Brazil, they did a good job at singing in English and gained an international following. Part of Cassio’s success today as a businessman may even be partially contributed to his success as a musician, both for his creative way of thinking outside of the box and the fact that he is quite well-known already.

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