Dick DeVos Has Changed Michigan

Dick DeVos, the billionaire Republican donor, former Amway CEO, and husband to Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education under Donald Trump, has long used his money, power, and political capital to influence change in his home state of Michigan. In 1991, he began lobbying against the construction of a sports facility in Grand Rapids, successfully blocking its constructing. From this came the creation of the group Grand Action, which brought together local business leaders and has since had a significant impact on the Grand Rapids skyline, successfully pushing for the construction of a number of businesses and public spaces, including the DeVos Performance Hall, the Grand Rapids City Market, the DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena, and the medical school of Michigan State University.

 

 

Both Dick and Betsy DeVos inherited sizeable family fortunes and have used that capital in order to influence political legislation they support. Dick DeVos is known for lobbying politicians to pass legislation which shifted Michigan from the hub of organized labor to right-to-work state more that is more hostile to unions. Betsy DeVos lobbied for “school choice” initiatives, making Detroit (and MIchigan as a whole) more saturated with charter schools than any other state in the country. Charter schools receive public funding but are not subject to the same educational requirements as traditional public schools; some charter schools are religious in nature.

 

 

Another successful venture by Dick DeVos involved the revitalization of the Grand Rapids Airport. By cold-calling the CEO of AirTran Airways, which is owned by Southwest, DeVos was able to bring the low-cost airline to the Grand Rapids Airport, with flights to Denver, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Orlando beginning in 2013. The growth in passengers skyrocketed to four times the national average shortly after and spurred a $45 million upgrade project that is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The revitalization of the airport is significant not only for Michigan locals, but also for DeVos, as Amway headquarters are located in Grand Rapids and the charter aviation school begun by the DeVoses is located nearby as well.

 

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Omar Boraie Fights for a Dying City

Omar Boraie is a kind man with a tender heart. He is also a man of the giant wallet. Omar Boraie has spent his life instilling a vision of compassion into his real estate company, Boraie Development. Their compassion was a dedication to the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey. They made it their personal mission to help grow New Brunswick so that it could be a thriving economic center that could rival the most powerful cities in Europe. After four decades of hard work and labor, Omar Boraie has seen his dream fulfilled.

Boraie.com reports that Omar Boraie has invested $150 million of his own net worth into the city. His goal was to rebuild both the residential and commercial areas so that young families and young professionals would want to relocate to New Brunswick.

Patch reveals that Omar Boraie had a fourfold plan. He knew that young families would not want to call New Brunswick home. He also knew that New Brunswick was struggling to keep current businesses and attract new businesses to their city. Lastly, there was no place for young middle-class professionals to stay in the city. For more details visit Crunchbase.

Sam Boraie began by focusing on creating a loving community. In order for a community to love each other, they must spend time with each other. While Omar Boraie initiated many community programs to help the community get to know one another, the most popular one was the seven free movie nights he sponsored through the State Theater. Omar Boraie paid for the tickets of each family so that they could see the movie for free. Over 7500 people attended this event.

Omar Boraie then turned his attention to the business sector of the city. He needed to keep jobs in New Brunswick in order for people to want to come. He was able to convince the medical Corporation Johnson and Johnson to stay in the city. This gave other businesses confidence that they could relocate New Brunswick.

Omar Boraie then began working on building real estate they could attract young professionals. He built class A office space that was modeled after the buildings in New York. He then offered these offices at extremely competitive prices when compared to other cities.

His last step was to create condo style housing in a tower format in order to keep young professionals living in the city so they could pay taxes. You can visit their website boraie.com

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Dr. Scott Rocklage: Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures

Since 2004, Dr. Scott M. Rocklage has been the Managing Partner at 5AM Venture Management LLC. Before he became the managing partner, he was the Venture Partner in 2003.

From May 11, 2016, to July 25, 2016, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer of EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. at that time; he also served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the company between May 6, 2016, to May 11, 2016, before he was promoted. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Amersham Health. From July 1994 to March 2001, Dr. Scott Rocklage served as the President of Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc and from July 1994 to June 2003 as the founding Chief Executive Officer.

Between 1990 and 1994, Dr. Scott Rocklage was the Chief Executive Officer and the President of Nycomed Salutar, Inc. and from 1992 to 1994, he served as the chairperson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Nycomed Interventional, Inc. Learn more about Scott Rocklage: https://thebrotalk.com/bro-bio/bro-bio-enigmatic-mysterious-life-dr-scott-rocklage/

He served as the chairperson of the board at Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. from 2013. From August 2012, he served as the chairperson of Novira Therapeutics, Inc. He was the board chairperson of Rennovia Inc. and the board member of Kinestral. He was a member of the Board of associates at Whitehead Institute and the Director at MDS Proteomics, Inc.

Until June 19, 2014, Dr. Rocklage was the Executive Chairperson at Relypsa, Inc. Between March 2000 and December 31, 2004, Dr. Scott was the Chairperson of Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. From August 2004 to March 11, 2015, he served as the Director of Achaogen, Inc. from August 2004 to March 11, 2015.He served as Executive Chairman at Ilypsa, Inc.

Dr. Rocklage has experience in healthcare management and excellent leadership skills. Additionally, he is the pioneer of approximately 30 charters and an author of various reviewed publications.

He has also approved some drugs by the FDA. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It is in this institute where Dr. Rocklage researched at the Nobel Prize winner Richard R. Schrock’s research laboratory. He also received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Norman Pattiz Re-Asserts The Effectiveness of Podcast Advertising

Norman Pattiz from Podcast One and Tom Webster from Edison Research today announced the findings of various studies focused on five major consumer dealing with five products and service categories. This first study of its kind was conducted in 2016 and demonstrated the positive effect of podcast advertising recall of messaging, intent to purchase, and brand recall. Learn more: https://podcastone.com/About-Us

The Findings of the Pre and Post Campaign Brand Lift For Podcast Advertisers

According to the study focused on podcast advertisers, over 60% of listeners talked about a specific grocery brand after the campaign, which was up from a meager 7% of listeners in a pre-study. It was also noted that unaided product awareness was up to 47% and that for financial services products was up by 37% while that for automobile aftermarket products increased from 18%. In a post-study, 22% of the subjects noted that they would consider a garden and lawn product, an increase from the 16% pre-study. Learn more: https://patch.com/california/across-ca/norman-pattiz-announces-positive-impact-podcast-advertising     Edison Research carried out three studies in 2016 to determine the impact of podcast advertising for 5 brands. While some of these brands were popular, the others were less popular and seeking trials and increased awareness. In all these cases, online surveys were conducted for several well-known podcasts before podcast advertising had been conducted and later after the brand had been conducted. The results of these studies revealed that podcast audiences responded well to brand messages and were more willing to purchase or consider those brands. Learn more: https://members.nationalgeographic.com/359861042336/

Norman’s Response To The Study

Responding to the results of the study, Norman stated that he believed that podcasts were more effective in enhancing brand impact when compared to traditional formats for advertising. He further stated that the results showed his effective approach at integrated measurement and advertisement.     About Norman Pattiz     Norman Pattiz is currently the chairman and founder of PodcastOne. Pattiz has more than 40 years in radio syndication. Pattiz is the founder of “Westwood One” which was America’s largest provider of entertainment, traffic programming, sports, and other news. Westwood One owned and distributed CBS News, NBC radio network, CNN radio, NFL Football, March Madness, NCAA Basketball, Super Bowl, and many other talk shows.     Pattiz founded Courtside Entertainment Group in 2010. The firm was created to focus on quality programming. Pattiz later launched PodcastOne towards the close of 2012 and the company rose to be the leading distributor/producer of audio on demand programming. Currently, some of the popular PodcastOne’s line up brands includes Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, and Larry King. Learn more: http://www.fundacity.com/norman-pattiz