Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955. He is married to Betsy DeVos. Betsy is a leading advocate for the educational-choice movement. She works as chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children. Betsy has also served on the boards of two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which strive to expand educational choice through tax credits and vouchers. Dick DeVos is a pilot, entrepreneur, and author from Michigan. Dick DeVos attained a business administration bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. He has received honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College and, Central Michigan University.
Dick DeVos is the President of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, which was founded in 1989. The foundation has sponsored religious, artistic, civic, educational, community and free-market economic organizations since 1990. In 2010, DeVos launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy. It is the first aviation public Charter High School. The school is chartered to ensure that it is available to everyone at no cost. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation has maintained an art competition called ArtPrize in Grand Rapids since 2009. It dedicated $22.5 million to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. That donation was the largest in the Kennedy Center. Art groups in Michigan that were hit by the recession benefited from the contribution. The institute offers practical training to board members and arts managers on phases of professional development in the United States and around the world. It also provides technical assistance through on-site consultation, seminars and web chats.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation promote free-market economics by sponsoring organizations such as Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Action Institute. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation established a scholarship in 2008 to support MA, MBA and MS students from developing nations. They also offer an enterprise and entrepreneurship scholarship specifically for students who want to study at Northwood University, and graduate with a BBA or combined BBA and MBA. In 1991, DeVos convened a group of more than 50 community and civic leaders to aid in renovating Detroit. He worked with two local bankers to carry out the renovation. Some of the achievements of his action were a new sports arena, convention center, public gardens and satellite campuses among others. DeVos and his wife also contributed money to finance a $500,000, the 18-month private analysis of Lake Macatawa that focuses on pollution sources.
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For a decade, Louis Chenevert worked at the general motors, and that was the first jobs he worked at, though it helped so much to kick-start his employment journey. Later, he joined Pratt where he worked for six years, the Pratt and Whitney Corporation was so impressed by his work that they elected him as the president of the entire corporation. After that, he served the company as the president for the next seven years, and he made so many impacts at the company. While still at Pratt Corporation he was offered a job at the UTC. Where they were offering to make him the president and CEO of the company which he did not refuse. Under his leadership, Chenevert oversaw so many projects that lead to the company getting $100 million.
Chenevert achieved so many things during his tenure at UTC that so many people have not attained from the moment they started their career journey. He was more interested in closing a deal with the Goodrich, that he spent more than one year trying to convince them to accept the deal. But his persistent was not in vain because Goodrich finally approved the deal. The reason why he never gave up on the deal because it was worth more than $18.4 billion. From the moment he agreed to take the role of the CEO of UTC it was his duty to ensure that the company will do well, so he used his experience and knowledge. He had one goal in mind and that was to leave the company better than he had found it. Investing in the right tech was what he believed in because the right tech would take the company so far.
Chenevert came up with the program that would be able to help with the employee scholar. That main aim of coming up with the program was so that it will help some of his employees that were interested in pursuing more education. Since the program was founded in 1996, so many employees of the UTC have been able to benefit from the program like more than 40,000 employees.
Securus Technologies provides communications services to correctional institutions, law enforcement, and safety organizations. Over 1.2 million inmates are served as well as 3,400 total organizations.
It turns out that communication between inmates and their families is very important. Studies over the past 40 years or so have pointed out that people who are incarcerated and who have a steady communication with those outside of prison do far better when they are released. If an inmate has a good relationship with family or friends on the outside they are much better able to adapt to society when they are released.
Securus has established enterprise communication systems such as advance pay, regular monthly pay, collect calls, and inmate pay plans. Plans can be interchangeable at any time to another plan if it is more convenient. Email is also available as is voicemail. There is also a money transfer capability that is very useful for the transfer of money to an individual inmate.
It is difficult for many of us to understand what a person goes through when they are incarcerated. While it is true that they have done something that they should not have done to get into the prison facility to begin with, the story does not have to stop there. It can have a positive ending when the time comes for the individual to be released from prison. Just knowing that there are people on the outside who care and want them to succeed is the solution to many questions that inmates have.
Securus Technologies is also very active with the establishment of communications for community law enforcement and safety organizations so a common system is available to all in case of emergencies. It is very important for these entities to be on the same page so effective reaction time and problem-solving will always be on the cutting edge.