Grand Rapids Entrepreneur Provides A Wide Range Of Support From His Charitable Foundation

Posted on January 20, 2016

The subject of philanthropy has been in the news a lot over the last few years with increasing numbers of the richest people in the world looking to support charitable groups. One of the first of the latest generation of successful business people to provide support for charitable groups was Dick DeVos, who now supplies support for groups ranging from just $250 to $1 million depending on the need shown. DeVos and wife Betsy rarely discuss their charitable foundation, but have revealed in an MLive article that around $7 million in support was provided in 2013 through 121 donations to different groups. By the end of 2013 the foundation supported by Dick and Betsy DeVos had assets of around $50 million to help the group support a wide range of different charitable groups and programs.

DeVos is one of the top business people in the world after leading the AmWay group to greater success than they have achieved in the past. Despite the great success achieved in and around his native Michigan, increasing amounts of time have been spent by the DeVos family on their charitable giving, which sees a number of foundations created to back the many different interests of the family.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Much of the work of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation is focused on the Grand rapids area, and provides support for educational initiatives, the arts and civic causes. Dick has been attempting to make sure educational opporutnities are always available in the Grand Rapids area, which led to the establishment of an aviation based charter high school in the area. Dick has a passion for aviation which, hand-in-hand with his belief in creating educational opportunities for those less fortunate, make perfect sense for his founding of this school. He frequently flies his helicopter in downtown Grand Rapids.

One of the largest areas of funding has been provided for the arts, particularly in the shape of the Kennedy Center for the Arts. The DeVos family provided more than $22 million in funding for the world famous center and have continued to provide support for a major expansion of the center begun in 2015.

Joseph Bismark Believes Businesses Can Achieve Extraordinary Things Using The Energy Of The Qi Group

Posted on July 22, 2015


There is a spiritual awakening happening around the world, and it has nothing to do with religion. This spiritual awakening is impacting how businesses around the world treat their employees and clients. The old phrase, “we are all in this life alone” is being replaced with “we all can do extraordinary things because we are connected to the energy that creates extraordinary things.” A good example of how this spiritual awakening is put to use is on the blog; We Don’t Love These Hogues. 

We Don’t Love These Hogues highlights the achievements of Joseph Bismark, the co-founder of the Singapore-based company, the Qi Group. The Qi Group is part of QNET a multi-level conglomerate that offers health and wellness products to consumers throughout Asia. Joseph Bismark is the managing director of the Qi Group, and he believes his spiritual connection has brought him to his role in the Qi Group. Bismark studied with monks as a boy, and that education brought him to the business world. 

Bismark believes in education. He was instrumental in opening Quest International University Perak in Malaysia. The university teaches students how to live a green life, and promote green living in the business world. As Bismark says, “We are spirits having a human experience, and it is our mission to do the work of our spirit physically. Happiness, according to Bismark, is realizing that we are spirits, and that is our true identity. 

Joseph Bismark integrated approach to business is shared with scholars around the world. Psychologist Ken Wilbur and other spiritual and business leaders are spreading the same message. That message is in order to function successfully in the 21st-century businesses must blend the objective reality with their subjective reality. That is the Bismark mission and the Qi Group mission.

Dr. Mehmet Oz Is Quickly Losing His Credibility as a Real Doctor

Posted on April 24, 2015

Dr. Mehmet Oz is having to answer some pretty tough questions this week after more allegations came out about Oz using questionable ethics to push unsubstantiated medical advice on his audience. Ricardo Guimarães BMG claims that Oz pushed advise knowing their was no proof to what he was endorsing (additional Oz claims on

First, his colleagues at Columbia University, where Oz practices medicine, signed a petition asking Oz to be removed as a staff member for being a quack doctor. But Columbia decided to let Oz continue to practice medicine. Then, e-mails were leaked between OZ and Sony executives and Oz was coming off more like a business man, hungry for profits, rather than a trusted doctor and healer

Though, these allegation against Oz should not be a surprise to anyone who follows his career. Last summer Oz was called before the Senate to testify about the supposed quick fixes he often offered to his loyal fans. Senator Claire McCaskill made her feelings about Oz quite clear when she said, “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles.”

Those are pretty strong words for one of the world most popular and trusted medical physicians. The scales of public opinion also seem to be weighing against Dr. Oz at this point, he has widely criticized for his response to these allegations.

Major Spoilers: Beloved “Grey’s Anatomy” Character is Killed Off

Posted on April 24, 2015

Fans of the hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” were shocked during the events of last night’s episode. Patrick Dempsey, who plays the character Dr Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, was killed during in accident in the episode.

The doctor had witnessed a car crash when he stopped to help the victims. He manages to pull both victims out of their vehicles, however, he is not so lucky. While he is leaving the scene of the accident, his car his t-boned by a semi-truck which sends him to his hospital. While there, the doctors discover that although he is alive, he also is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Before anything can be done for him, he is declared brain dead and his wife Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has him taken off of life support.

Rumors are, according to the story on Page Six, Dempsey’s exit is because of his behavior on set. A source on the show told Page Six that Dempsey had been acting like a diva lately. The creator of the show, Shonda Rhimes, has had several run-ins with Dempsey so the source was not surprised that she chose to end his character.

Patrick Dempsey has been on the show since its start in 2005. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG loves this show. The show is now ending its 11th season. There will be a season 12, however, fans will have to watch it without McDreamy this time.

65 Year Old German Woman Pregnant With Quadruplets

Posted on April 15, 2015

A 65 year old woman in Germany is set to become the oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets later this year. Annegret Raunigk, who is already a mother to 13 other children, became pregnant using donor eggs and sperm. She decided to become pregnant again after her 9 year old daughter expressed a desire to have a younger sibling.

Raunigk has been married five times and has children ranging from 9 to 44 years old. She has raised her previous children mostly on her own. She says she has always liked having children and enjoys the challenges. She also says she’s not worried about being able to raise young children after the age of 70 and feels that she will be just as fit then as she is now.

Doctors say that any pregnancy after age 45 is considered high risk and all pregnancies after the age of 60 are particularly unnatural. Expert Dan Newlin believes it would be hard enough for a woman that age to carry one baby, much less four. When asked about the morals of what she was doing, Raunigk said she thinks this is something that people need to decide for themselves.

Documentary Film “India’s Daughter” is Banned

Posted on March 16, 2015

Not all women are treated equally around the world. In fact, many countries, especially in Asia, women are thought to be lower class citizens than their male counterparts. In the news lately, India has been facing an epidemic of violent crime against women. Not surprisingly, some people are taking a stand against this treatment.

Leslee Udwin, a filmmaker, has released a controversial documentary titled, “India’s Daughter”. Her film is about the crime against women in India, Udwin is looking to give these voiceless victims a voice. “India’s Daughter” centers around Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old woman, who was attacked by a group of men and subsequently died from her injuries from the men. The film takes a look at the victim, the crime, interviews those responsible for Singh’s death, and a hard look at India’s culture that allows these crimes to be committed.

Udwin and “India’s Daughter” are now being silenced by the Indian government. They feel as though Udwin’s film was made to defame India instead of exposing its weaknesses. I feel this film is important for the world to see. Christian Broda understands that the problem is not just with India, but varying degrees of gender inequality exist all over the world. The more people that lobby for a change, the more likely change is to happen.

According to the Washington Post, the film has been banned on YouTube now, which is a shame.

Selena Gomez And Zedd Have A New Video

Posted on March 11, 2015

If you have watched Zedd and Selena Gomez’s new song ‘I Want You To Know’, you would understand why these two were always meant to unite in making music. The song will make anyone with hair to want to hair flip it all over the place.

In the beginning of the video, there goes Selena dancing the night away at a nightclub with her hair doing its own dancing routine. It appears as if Zedd is watching her throughout the night from a far while she dances away, and his goal is to want her to know that he is all hers.

Fans like Brad Reifler ( have learned that Selena said in an MTV interview that Zedd and her work together great. She is someone that goes to him with her music and loves his insight on things. She is definitely a fan, and we’re sure he feels the same way.

Zedd have been working more and more in the pop division now, mixing edm with pop and Selena to release the beautiful tracks that we keep getting from him. He is one of the top 10 DJ’s of this year, and he just keeps booking shows and going on tours when he’s not working with artists like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. He has defenitely transitioned into the pop scene for now though, and after his latest album, we can look forward to hearing something new released for the fans.

Jared Haftel: An Investment Banker’s Journey

Posted on January 23, 2015

You have to be really careful when it comes to being able to put trust in people, especially when it comes to investment banking and asset management. As the saying goes, the more you know the better. So when it comes to finding trusted finance management resources, its good to know that there are still a handful of honest, experienced, and sincere financial advisors out there, namely Jared Haftel.

Companies and financial institutions that utilize investment bankers all have one thing in mind-maintaining profitability. This is where an expert like Jared Haftel is needed to guide these companies into a safe and financially secure future.

Haftel received three Bachelors of Science degrees upon graduating from Duke University in 2009. He wrote for “The Chronicle” at Duke, while receiving distinction in Mathematics. At Stanford Business School he has attained his Masters in Business Administration and at Credit Suisse he did a summer internship.

Jared Haftel’s first major accomplishment after graduating was serving as an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, which are two of the world’s largest banking institutions. The priceless experience gained there consisted of acquisition and merger advisory. In addition, his responsibilities included tracking major investment opportunities and debt and equity issuance in metals, mining and chemicals, handling commodities analysis, as well as investment opportunities in the defense and aerospace industries.

Over the years Jared’s expertise would lead him to work with several reputable companies, such as GeoEye, EMS Technologies, Huntsman Corporation and CONSOL Energy. Moving forward in his career path, between 2011 and 2013 Jared worked as an associate at Vector Capital. As a private equity firm specializing in spinouts, buyouts and recapitalizations of established technology businesses, Vector Capital’s focus was private and public company investments.
What sets Jared Haftel apart is that not only is he a skilled investment banker, but a skilled investment banker who knows how to write about being a skilled investment banker. CNN published Haftel’s very informative article called “Jared Haftel Highlights The Important Parts of Writing an Investment Banking Resume“. This article was written as a guide to others aspiring to land a job as an investment banker. In this article he emphasizes the importance of crafting your resume to include everything you have accomplished as it relates to your respective career in investment banking.

Another accomplished article of Jared’s, “Dressing For An Investment Banking Internship”, helps the aspiring investment banker understand that his physical appearance is just as vital as his knowledge. In this article, Jared breaks down some do’s and don’ts about making a good first impression. He stresss that a professional look and positive up-beat personality will obtain not only the internship, but a possible permanent position with the company.

As a young seasoned Investment Banker, Jared Haftel has attained a hefty amount of experience in various financial settings. Check out his profile on for more on Haftel’s professional background. Each experience has warranted a different perspective in his chosen career. And most importantly, you can put your faith in him.

A Master of Many Traits. Sam Tabar

Posted on January 15, 2015

My long-time friend Sam Tabar is currently on the rise. It looks like he is turning heads from all over, most recently CNBC who shared some of his genius investment tips.

Sam Tabar has quite an eclectic background which has served him well as he has progressed through his career. Beginning with his top notch education preparing him for his career in law and finance, Sam has studied and practiced in a variety of subjects and topics.

 Mr. Tabar attended both Oxford and Columbia Law School. He was involved in both scholastic institutions including a stint with the Columbia Business Law Review as an associate editor. After his inspiring education, he delved into the world of law and how it interacts with business by joining Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher and Flom LLP. It was here that he began the transition to law and finance. His clients were individuals who sought out counsel on everything from hedge fund creation to employee law as well as financial compliance regulations.

 Fluid in both English and French, HE then moved on to Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors. Based in Hong Kong, it was here that Tabar continued to counsel on hedge funds and specifically focused on marketing and investor relations. He also spearheaded a new process to target more investors. These investors included family businesses, high net worth individuals and institutions.

 After seven years, Mr. Tabar landed at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. His role at this banking institution was to lead capital strategy for Asia-Pacific. Again, he counselled hedge fund managers and those who wanted to start one up and interacted with many other types of investors as his role evolved. When he left the firm in 2012, he has a contact list of clients he helped or worked with of over 1250 investors.

 His last two functions were at Adanac LLC where he mainly focused on property investment and start-ups in the United States and Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he again had the main focus of counseling hedge fund managers. He left Roth in 2014.

 In addition to the wide variety of jobs and corporations he has been a part of, Sam Tabar has many outside interests. He is a world traveler, as evidenced by his willingness to relocate to Hong Kong. He has seen the world. He loves to travel. He also likes to keep in touch with clients, friends and family and as a result he loves to host events and mingle with those in his area.

Dr. Mark Ahn is an Accomplished Executive and Consultant in Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

Posted on January 09, 2015
Mark Ahn, PhD is an accomplished business executive and consultant, specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He holds a BA and MBA from Victoria University. At Essex University he was a graduate fellow in Economics. He earned his PhD at the University of South Australia. Dr. Ahn is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Portland, Oregon and has over 10 years of experience in the life sciences industry.

Dr. Ahn’s career, spanning 20 years, has included academia, holding high positions in several biopharmaceutical companies as well as having served in the US Army. Presently, Dr. Ahn is Principal at Pukana Partners, Ltd. This company provides consulting for life science companies by providing real-world solutions, careful analysis and new strategies to quicken value creation for biotechnology companies. He is currently Professor (adjunct) at Carnegie Mellon University and Portland State University. His most recent position, 2007-2014, was President & Chief Executive Officer and Director of Galena Biopharma. Dr. Ahn has served as Chair for Science & Technology Management at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He founded Hana Biosciences and was President and Chief Executive Officer. At Genentech, Inc., he served as Vice President of Hematology and corporate officer. He served as Senior Director of Immunology at Bristol-Meyers Squibb and before that he was General Manager of Amgen. Dr. Mark Ahn serves on public and venture capital-backed Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. 

Mark Ahn recognized the need for the development of talent in leadership and management positions within start up organizations. He developed the Center for Civic and Community Engagement at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). His aim was to prepare future leaders as well as incorporate non-profit research and teaching into the curriculum of the college of New Jersey and bring in developmental funding from companies and foundations. 

Dr. Ahn is accomplished in publishing having authored over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and books. His most recent book, published in 2010, is called Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics and Business. His previous book, published in 1991, is Strategic Risk Management: How Global Corporations Manage Financial Risk for Competitive Advantage.