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BMG Bank President Ricardo Guimarães Thinks Brazilian Entrepreneurs Can Help The Economy Recover

Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America, and the country has more beautiful beaches than any other country in South America. The people of Brazil are a fun-loving group that enjoy football, a good laugh and lots of beer, according to an article published by Esporte.ig.com.br. But some of laughter is gone these days thanks to a recession that is turning the country into a shadow of its former self. Brazil’s economy has been shrinking for the last two years, and the government hasn’t been able to stop the contraction.

Two credit rating agencies have downgraded Brazil’s debt to “junk” status, and the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff says the only way to pull out of this economic nightmare is to cut spending and raises taxes. But BMG Bank President Ricardo Guimarães disagrees with Rousseff, and he is not the only private citizen that does. Most Brazilian want to see Rousseff impeached, but that could take years because of the way the Brazilian parliament operates

Ricardo Guimarães recently told R7.com that he thinks Brazilian entrepreneurs can help pull the country out of a recession. Mr. Guimarães told R7.com that there are four types of entrepreneurs in Brazil and they all possess creativity, vision, and dreams but only a few of them have the proactive attitude to help the country beat the recession. Ricardo believes the country will begin to rebound from the recession in 2016 because of the entrepreneurs that will help kick start the economy by developing innovative products that can be exported.

Brazil has unlimited natural resources, and there is a technology boom is happening in Brazil, and that will pay off, according to Guimarães. But Ricardo also thinks Brazilian entrepreneurs step up and become more proactive in government as well as in business.

Guimarães is a well-known public figure in Brazil not only for his banking expertise and his social statements, but also for his participation in Brazilian soccer. BMG Bank sponsors seven football clubs and Ricardo was chairman of his home state club for five years. BMG Bank has a reputation for being the bank that has the best payroll loans rates in the country thanks to Ricardo’s advertising campaign that mixes football with payroll loans. Wiki says the total thing about him.

Mr. Guimarães has won numerous awards for his participation in the banking industry. But the award his is most proud of is the Belo Horizonte Diploma of Merit, according to CMBH.mg.gov.br. Belo Horizonte is Ricardo’s hometown, and he has helped the city become one of the most forward thinking cities in Brazil.

Philanthropist and Businessman Dick DeVos Reveals The Breadth of His Charitable Donations

Dick DeVos’ success in the the world of business has enabled him to pursue philanthropic activities thanks to not only his funds, but also his strong influence. Dick DeVos, at an early age, has had a passion for business and helping others. Mr. DeVos has spent his entire career in executive positions at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, as well as the Windquest Group. His current position is as President at the Windquest Group. His success has even been noted by Forbes when he was placed on the list of the world’s richest individuals. Mr. DeVos was placed at number 67 and was reported to have the net worth of 5.1 billion dollars. He doesn’t just hoard this money away though. He is known throughout Michigan and the U.S. as the founder of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and as a generous philanthropist.

He and his family have remained quiet when questioned about exact amounts of money donated in the past, but he and his family have recently revealed that they have given over $1.2 billion over their lifetimes. Their money has been given largely to education and arts institutions, but the various causes and charities they donated to are far reaching and can be seen detailed in another article by MLive. Dick was clearly humbled by the recognition he received from his community.

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

One of the first positions within the business industry that DeVos held in his career was with Amway. Though DeVos joined this company in 1974, he gained the high position as President in 1993 and held the position until 2002 when he decided to pursue other business ventures. The experience that he took away from Amway was immense as he was responsible for all the aspects of the country’s operations in 50 countries on six different continents. The leadership that he demonstrated at Amway opened the company to new markets and even tripled the company’s international sales. Learn more about Dick’s work experience here: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/

With his success in the business industry, Mr. DeVos became interested in sharing his success with those who are less fortunate. An example of his dedication to the community, Mr. DeVos started the Education Freedom Fund. This scholarship fund has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan. He has geared his scholarships to those who are pursing a higher education and come from developing countries. 

An example of his dedication to education is also demonstrated through his contribution to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This academy is the first public charter aviation school in the nation. The goal behind creating this aviation academy is to offer free education that is of the highest quality. The goal is not deter excellent students from being blocked from an excellent education merely due to financial trouble. Dick is a talented pilot of both airplanes and helicopters as you can see in the video below, so it’s no wonder that he wanted to give others the opportunity to pursue careers in this field.

Dick DeVos and his wife are dedicated philanthropists that are constantly involved with their community in Michigan. They believe that change is done at the local level which as been shown to work through his many successful stories. Mr. DeVos and his wife have helped the artistic community, the religious community, the education community, as well as the civic community. 

Freedom Pop Holding Its Own Against Wireless Giants

Freedom Pop is a Los Angeles-based wireless and data service that was created in 2011. Freedom Pop’s platform is providing free data, mobile and voice services and you can also bring your own Sprint device. The basic program offers customers 500 text monthly text messages, 200 voice minutes and 500 MB of data. If a customer goes over the basic plan allotment, they can choose from a number of package.

Freedom Pop is considered a “light” phone plan. This means individuals who don’t need or want too many additions or talk on the phone as much as some. That being said, Freedom Pop makes the bulk of its money from customers who purchase the additional packages. Some who go over their allotment are charged if they don’t purchase more coverage.

Freedom Pop is designed to save customers money. But the packages are actually making the company a great deal of money. While some customers are satisfied with the basic plan and make no other purchases, others will buy more voice minutes, data plans and texts. Compared to other larger companies like Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, who take in about $45 bucks a month per plan, Freedom Pop only nets around $7. But it works because its pure profit.

Many people are dropping their wireless plans an joining up with Freedom Pop. A lot of people get tired of the hidden costs and charges associated with larger companies; some of the services simply aren’t needed. A few months after Freedom Pop CEO Stephen Sokols was brought online, a number of more established companies were interested.

Sprint, as well as several other companies are interested in acquiring Freedom Pop. Many bids were thrown into the ring, but the company decided to stand pat. After looking over its financials, the company believes it can do even better.

Keith Mann looks for support in his latest fight

Showing commitment to a cause can take many different directions and often shows up in surprising ways that may not be expected by the individual or those around them. Animal activist Keith Mann has explained before some of the reasons behind his commitment to the cause of protecting animals from cruelty and how it has affected his own life. Now, a viral Buzzfeed article tells us Mann is seeking the assistance of the public as he searches for help with an aggressive form of cancer that is affecting him as he refuses the conventional treatments backed by pharmaceutical companies who test their products on animals.

Keith Mann explains that he has always felt strong set of emotions towards animals and has fought to protect them throughout his life. Whilst still at school a series of events took place that eventually led Mann to become a member of the Animal Liberation Front and forced him to break the law as he tried to help animals facing cruelty. Amongst the things Mann has done in his life include making sure a rabbit held without food or water was freed from captivity and that the cause for banning fox hunting was publicized across the UK.

Mann continues to look for new and innovative ways to publicize the animal rights cause and eventually decided to stand for election to the UK Parliament bringing with him a set of policies designed to help animals being ill treated. The work of Keith Mann to protect animals came to a shuddering halt when he was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma and told the best course of treatment was to use the medications created by the major organizations he had spent his life fighting for testing on animals. At this point many people would have taken the cure and forgotten about what they fought for.

Instead, Keith Mann decided to make sure he maintained his principles and dedication to the care of animals by refusing the medications used in traditional treatments. Mann is now looking for assistance with his decision from the public who he hopes will help pay for his Gerson Therapy. This therapy requires Keith Mann to consume organic ingredients and natural products in a bid to detoxify his body and allow the natural ingredients to help fight the cancerous cells.

The Ever Achieving Jonathan Veitch

Who is this man, Jonathan Veitch? Words surely cannot tell it all about this educational scholar. He was born in 1959 and is a native of Los Angeles California . He is a husband and a father of three. He attended Loyola High School later went to Stanford University for his bachelor degree. Jonathan joined Harvard for a doctorate degree in the history of American Civilization.

The scholar of English and American Literature has previously served in University of Wisconsin and also as dean of the New School’s Eugene Lang college. He has passion for innovation and engagement that education institutes can bring to the communities. It is this passion that drove him to help the student and the faculty in Lang College to connect the undergraduate Liberal Arts College with Arts and Social Services Organizations.

He is the 15th president of the Occidental College. The college is a liberal art school in Los Angeles and is in a dynamic metropolitan environment.

Jonathan has achieved alot in the institution since he became president in July 2009. First on the list is the working towards improvements of relations between the college and the neighbouring community of Eagle Rock. This has seen the college have forums involving the community to air their grievances. Under the leadership of Jonathan Veitch, the college has hosted public forums for the Los Angeles activists to share their visions for the Los Angeles environmental future with local officials and Cabinet Administrators. He has started Neighbourhood Partnership Programs whose efforts have been of great help to the community.

The college has also seen the completion of the new Samuelson Alumni Center and the expansion and renovation of the Swan Hall. Also under renovation is the Johnson Hall and not forgettting the unveiling of the 1 megawatt Solar array in the college which is the largest of its kind in Los Angeles. All this in the tenure of Jonathan Veitch.

The Occidental College President launched a new integrated strategic planning process to strengthen the College’s future by civic engagements, arts and global literacy programs and created new partnerships with Premier Cultural Institution in South California. This was to ensure that the College ranked among the most up-to-date institutions and covered topics of varied interest.

Achievements cannot be exhausted without the mention of his Award winning , American Superrealism : Nathanael West and Politics of representation in 1930s, book. He has done a lot of research and his specialization includes 19th and 20th Century American Literature and Cultural history and American film. He has focused on the history of higher education in his latest research.

With the above said about this educational pioneer, it is true to say that he is indeed an educational achiever.

Have you Added your Facebook Legacy Contact?

There’s so much for your family to think about after you’re dead, but now, what to do with your Facebook account will no longer be an issue. The social media giant has now added a legacy contact into your profile. When you add this contact, they will have complete control over managing your Facebook account once you are gone. Before now, Facebook would simply freeze the account once you passed away.

The purpose of the legacy contact is primarily to help manage your account and help create a memorial. The legacy contact will be able to change profile images, respond to friend requests and post on the page and more. The legacy contact will be unable to change anything that the deceased individual has already posted onto their account. In addition, the legacy contact does not have the authority to delete the account permanently.

If you are concerned about your Facebook account after you die, you can change your settings anywhere. I did it while I was waiting on my appointment at Amen Clinics. Simply tap the Security tab and then the Legacy Contact tab found on the bottom of the page. Once there, you simply choose the Facebook friend that you would like to grant permission to. You can have only one person designated as a legacy contact. 

Now that there is one less thing to worry about after you are gone….

Important Lessons from 83,000 Brain Scans: Daniel Amen at TEDxOrangeCoast

You’ve probably seen the TedTalk from Dr. Daniel Amen popping up in your feed the past few days. I have to say, this viral video is really interesting. We discuss below.

Dr. Daniel Amen has passion for the health of your brain. Using both he discovered links between the size, shape and the activity of the brain and its relationship to mental illnesses that plague people all over the world. His support of the healing power of psychiatry began years ago when he witness how a doctor of psychiatry helped his aunt, thereby pulling her from a debilitating depression.

This was his introduction as he presented his lecture on the results of eighty-three thousand brain images over a twenty-two year period. The results are fascinating. His logic is simple and isn’t difficult to embrace. In fact, the information is life altering for those who suffer with mental illnesses.

Using SPECT imaging of the brain, which provides a 3-D picture, Dr. Amen explains and demonstrates what a normal brain looks likes. The brain’s activity is either good, too little or two much. Also, the shape of a person’s brain has a good deal to do with its health. He adds credibility to his statements with picture of unhealthy brains versus healthy ones.

Doctors of psychiatry are the only medical physicians who don’t look at the organ they treat. In psychiatry, one size doesn’t fit all especially when prescription drugs are used to treat mental illness. Daniel Amen presented an example of two brain images, one with low activity and one with high activity. Both patients were treated with the same drug therapy, but obviously had different problems. He explain that this could actually impede the healing process.

Dr. Daniel Amen’s experience includes over twenty years of studying brain SPECT imaging and resulting human behavior. An overlooked common occurrence contributing to brain damage are traumatic brain injuries. These are injuries resulting from hard falls or hits on the head. He spoke of a teen with discipline and anger issues. When he was three years old he fell down a flight of stairs and was unconscious for a few moments. Though he seemed to have recovered and physically he did, the jarring effected his brain which caused his erratic and uncontrolled behavior.

The lecture continued to examine the brains of Alzheimer patients. These imaging were very different when compared to healthy brains. The science of his theories is indisputable. To treat mental illnesses and behavior problems, you must understand what you are treating in order to make a complete diagnosis and properly treat.

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Keith Mann Creates Partnership with Schools in NYC

I went to my friend’s Facebook to post Happy Birthday on his wall and saw that he had shared an interesting article on some NYC happenings. I’m always interested in reading and sharing “taking action” news. So check it out.

Keith Mann is the head of Dynamics Search Partners. Recently, the company announced a partnership with a system of schools inside of New York City known as Uncommon Schools. The executive recruiters from Dynamics Search Partners, including the founder and leader Keith Mann, met up with the senior class from the Uncommon Schools for a day in order to go over their resumes and help build their ability to apply for college and to move on to bigger and brighter things. Keith Mann was so impressed by the level of which the seniors carried themselves, he and his colleagues decided to create the partnership with the schools.

In addition, the press release announced that Dynamics Search Partners directly contributed $10,000 to the school system in order to help with the growing costs of running a private school. Uncommon Charter High School is one of the new school systems in the city, as it only opened in 2009 and it is graduating its second high school class of 2014 seniors.

As a charter, private school, Uncommon Schools is able to alter its curriculum in order to better fit the needs of the schools. It is not under the same guidelines as the public schools located throughout the state. The school system believes it prepares its students to a higher level for future success than what the local, public schools teach. Keith Mann and the rest of Dynamics Search Partners believes this is true as well, which is why it has created the partnership between the school and the company.

Dynamics Search Partners is an executive search firm that looks to source and find the very best talent to bring into their hedge fund and equity industry. Due to this, it needs students who are able to not only understand this sort of information but who also enjoys it. With the education the students learn at Uncommon Schools, with many of the students previous outlearning the students at a public school, these students are the perfect people to directly interact with the Dynamics Search Partners, as they have shown from an early age that they do enjoy this sort of work and they have a strong capability of excelling in this sort of a field.

The school also enjoys the fact that the Search Partners have decided to strike up a partnership with the school due to the amount of attention the seniors receive.

Check all your accounts with cheap WIFI from FreedomPop

What is Freedom Pop?

Freedom Pop is a revolutionary new company that initially started selling their own unique Wi-Fi only phones last year. Freedom Pop is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The company is located in Los Angeles California. The company has just recently expanded and is offering Wi-Fi service. This innovative new company is now offering low cost Wi-Fi service. Upon signing up with company users have access to unlimited usage of millions of hotspots across the U.S. for only $5. You can also receive an unheard of unlimited SMS with your data plan.

Who can obtain this service?

Stephen Stokols is the CEO and co-founder of Freedom Pop. Mr. Stokols projects that the first initial rollout will cover millions of hotspots, which will cover 120 million people. During this Freedom Pop works with cable providers who service urban hotspot networks. The company also services users who have abandoned their phone. What this means it that consumers who had Sprint as their carrier who have no network provider can obtain Wi-Fi and SMS through Freedom Bop. Mr.Stokols ,CEO,of Freedom Pop is pleased with its initial growth and has plans to break into the European market in 2016. The company has already made a profit of $19 million, which was raised through investors. Check out FreedomPop on Amazon, iTunes, and the Google Play store.

How does the Wi-Fi service work?
Prior to launching the new service, careful testing was conducted to make sure customers experience excellent connectivity and usage. Freedom Pop’s Wi-Fi service is designed to work in perfect synchronization with the consumers devices. The service is currently only available through the company’s Android app which will be available shortly. At this time, Windows phones are incompatible with the company’s Wi-Fi service. 
Who are the company’s service providers?

Due to privacy concerns in Freedom Pop’s contract it can’t reveal who is providing their Wi-Fi service. However, the company states that you can receive their service at your favorite restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, and even Home Depot to name a few. The company also disclosed that it works with industry leaders like Google and AT&T. The CEO of Freedom Pop did state that the Wi-Fi network is owned and operated by many different ISPs and hotspot services.

Freedom Pop is definitely on track to becoming a dynamic Wi-Fi hotspot provider as well as a mobile phone carrier. Apparently enough investors saw the potential of this company and gave the company $19 million. FreedomPop has plans to cover the whole US and even enter into European markets. If coverage is available in your area you might want to consider making a change in your Wi-Fi service and also purchase one of Freedom Pop’s phones.

A Master of Many Traits. Sam Tabar

 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.

 Tabar attended both Oxford and Columbia Law School. He was involved in both scholastic institutions including his 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. According to a recent media release on Tabar’s career success, his clients have always been individuals seeking out his counsel as it pertains to hedge fund creation, employee law, and  financial compliance regulations.

 Fluid in both English and French, Sam then moved on to Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors. Based in Hong Kong, it was here that he 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,  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.