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Dick DeVos is no stranger to making attempts to change both public institutions as well as policy. This most notably began in 1991 when he lobbied against a multipurpose sports arena north of Grand Rapids, Michigan, fearing the long term repercussions it may have had on the city. This led to the formation of Grand Action, a committee of influential business leaders. As GOP mega-donors, the DeVos family has proven to be very influential within the political realm in both the labor and education fields. While Betsy pushed for charter school policy, Dick Devos led the way to Michigan’s transformation into a right-to-work state. In the past 30 years the Devos’ foundation is also credited with donations of $138.7 million going to leadership programs, the arts, health, as well as various policy initiatives centered on education reform. Mr. DeVos went so far as to open an aviation based public charter school in 2010, backed fervently by his wife.This has seen enormous support from the community. It is tuition free, and boasts some of the highest levels of diversity as well as multicultural inclusion in the state. It also tests in the top 10 in SAT scores within the county. He co-founded the Great Lakes Education project, which is a school choice advocacy organization.

Mr. DeVos is also credited with turning the Gerald Ford Airport around. This was, in large part, accomplished by his wooing of airline giant Southwest Airlines and subsequent convincing of them to offer routes out of Grand Rapids. This in turn lowered air fares while steadily growing the passenger size. Over time, this has gotten the attention of the FAA. With all of his efforts into revitalizing an ailing airport in combination with his background as a pilot and former CEO of Amway, the organization decided to appoint him to the top position in a civilian panel on aviation. He will serve in a volunteer capacity on the panel for three years with several other public and private sector leaders totaling over a century of combined invaluable experience within their respective fields. It is believed that Mr. DeVos will bring a combination of strong leadership traits and industry insight as well as his inherent deep roots in the field of aviation to the FAA’s panel.

 

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In the year 1972, Vinod Gupta quit his job at commodore and started his first company called Business Research Services and American Business List. He had two employees that worked part time. 13 years later almost every yellow pages book added them to their data base.

Years after working hard and utilizing his profits to grow his company, ABL had the ability to go public in 1993. The next year, ABI made seventy five million in shares and revenues. The business only got bigger and bigger, had thousands of employees in 1997 and eventually went pass 108 million. See This Page for more information.

ABL grew more and started to encircle so much more than just ordinary business directories. With the fast interior growth and gaining of several other data based marketing companies, ABL turned into infoUSA then infoGROUP and fully covered Canada and the United States of America. infoGROUP made sure all information was verified making their lists more accurate, especially in the business market where information changes rapidly as years go by. infoGROUP Was eventually bought at the price of six hundred eighty million dollars, which was valued at much less when it first opened.

Nowadays, Mr. Gupta is pretty well known in India and the United States as one of the best businessman and philanthropists. He was awarded several honorary doctorates from several universities such as Monterey Institute of international studies, and IIT u of Nebraska. He worked as a trustee for Kennedy center for performing arts and was praised by president Bill Colton.

He was accepted to work as a UD consul general to Bermuda and was voted to be the US ambassador of Fiji but couldn’t because of other business fidelity. Gupta is still involved with civic arrangements. Currently Vinod Gupta has three children and is married to a woman by the name of Laurel Gupta.

 

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Mina came to age in a family that loved baking, and she fell in love with the food industry from the family passions. Today, she is a career woman who has earned her spot as an accomplished caterer in America.

Though Mina did not stick to baking only, she has diversified her brand to include all kinds of food for all types of occasions. She is the author of various menus and will invite you for menu tasting once you contact her for catering. Not only does she believe in top-notch service for her diverse client base, she thinks that everybody deserves to eat mouthwatering and healthy food. Junking is not her style.

Whether you are a bride that has fallen head over heels in love, a corporate boss seeking to impress a client or hosting a day out with the boys or girls, Mina ensures that you get your money’s worth. Her career is her daily life.

Self-made

The food industry has scandals from poor delivery systems, lousy food, small portions or unhygienic food preparation conditions. Scandals, however, are not Mina’s story as she has successfully run the Saint Germaine catering business since its inception without a dissatisfied customer coming back to complain. She started small and now is at the top managing food equipment worth millions and quite some focused staff. Her business is operational in four states, her recognition as one of the top forty women under the age of forty in the business world is phenomenal. She also wowed the enterprising world enough, for her to win the award under the women category. There is no stopping this woman that begun her climb from the dirt and is now dining with the crème de la crème of society.

She Believes in

Her philanthropy is empowering women, and women handle all aspects of Saint Germain Caterers. She believes that America holds opportunities for everyone that is keen enough to pursue it. Finally, she feels that it is never too early or too late to start a business.

More about Mina

She has a food blog dedicated to food. She hosts menu tastings every month to extend her clientele base. She is also involved in the designing of the Saint Germaine website, to broaden their horizons further.

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2010/10/29/40-under-40-mina-ebrahimi.html