Dick DeVos Stands Strong For Education Reform

When Michigan billionaire Dick DeVos sees a task that needs completing, he will find a way to get it done somehow. Dick and his wife Betsy believe in returning education to the local level and are all about strengthening private schools and voucher programs. They’ve met with some difficulty along the way, such as failing to get tax-credit vouchers passed in a 2000 legislative bill, but pushed on to get the Great Lakes Education Project completed in 2002. And Dick had tried to effect change at one point by running for governor in 2006 and did not succeed, but he continued working to get laws passed, including a 2012 right-to-work law.


Dick DeVos has had a long history of running businesses. He learned skilled trades at a young age from his father Richard DeVos, the man who helped build Amway Corporation and is the current owner of the Orlando Magic. Dick got his bachelor’s degree in business from Northwood University, and would later complete his MBA and Ph.D. there as well. He worked with his father, and his two brothers Daniel and Douglas at the company for almost 30 years. He served as vice president from 1984 to 1990, and then later as CEO from 1993 to 2002. From about 1991 to 1993, he was the CEO of the Orlando Magic, and also won election to the Michigan State board of education.


During his times as vice president and CEO of Amway, the company grew profits to very high levels, amounting to about a $4.5 billion increase by the time he left. Amway grew its customer base to over 50 countries internationally, and foreign sales actually surpassed domestic sales during that time. Since stepping down as CEO of Amway, he and Betsy have helped attract investors to The Windquest Group, a privately-owned investment firm with holdings in energy, manufacturing, and technology companies.


The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation is the catalyst for much of their non-profit work, and through it they’ve helped setup Children First America, The Education Freedom Fund, supported Mars Hill Bible Church, and the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation to name a few. The Kennedy Center in Washington also received a generous million-dollar contribution from Dick and Betsy for its Institute of Arts Management. Dick has also authored the New York Times best seller, Rediscovering American Values, a book discussing how America has been made great thanks to hard work and a virtuous people.



The “Business Development of the Year” Award Goes to Darius Fisher

The president and co-founder of Status Labs, Darius Fisher, was recently awarded the “Business Development of the Year” award by the prestigious PR World Awards. This exclusive award is given to only the best in corporate communications, marketing, investor relations, business development professionals, teams, departments and accomplishments from every major industry in the globe. Status Labs has thrived in the industry as a public relations, online reputation management, and digital marketing firm, with Darius Fisher at the Helm as President. The company records an impressive revenue growth of 939% from 2012-2015.

Mr. Fisher has brought significant change to the firm by establishing a world-class client base and launching new digital service offerings. Among the many institutions and persons that have made ties with Status Labs include numerous Fortune 500 Companies and significant public figures from around the world. With a goal of dominating the public relations industry, the Mr. Fisher incorporates his skills in long-term strategic planning and goal setting, sales team management and vital customer relationships that bring innovation to the firm.

Winners of the PR World Awards were set to receive their awards at San Francisco during the annual 2016 SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner that was held on the 27th of June. Mr. Fisher considers the award a huge privilege and hold firm in his belief of business development as a key ingredient for any institution with aspirations for long-term growth. Darius Fisher maintains that his company, Status Labs takes seriously issues relating relationship-building and establishing a brand partnership.

As President of the firm, Darius Fisher has built partnerships with other agencies, brought in their local and international sales and accounts management teams and has set up a strategic vision for the company. After attaining his honors at the Vanderbilt University, Fisher went on ahead to work as a political consultant and copywriter.

Darius Fisher was an also a notable speaker at the Impact115 that was held in Las Vegas Nevada on September the 23rd to the 25th. On the three-day conference, which was held to bring together only the best and brightest in the online marketing industry, Mr. Fisher spoke on the importance of protecting and managing your digital presence.





Crystal Hunt Is Ready For All Mediums

No matter what type of entertainment medium is out there: TV or film or anything else in between, Crystal Hunt is ready for it and she is ready to take it on with an open mind and give it her all. She has trained her whole life for this and this is what she loves more than anything in the world. Her career started out on a soap opera at the age of 17, as she played the trouble youth Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light. She was working alongside veteran TV stars and she held her own. Crystal Hunt even received an Emmy nomination for her work. When she started, she started with a bang. She didn’t hesitate and really went to a lot of interesting places with her work. A lot of people noticed how she was wise beyond her years.

She also appeared in film work such as The Derby Stallion, Sydney White, and most recently, Magic Mike XXL. Crystal Hunt has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and she has taken each experience and used it for her next project. She looks at every project as a chance to grow as an actress, learn more, and expand her acting. One of the things people truly notice about her is her ability to light up a screen and captivate an actress on the big and small screen.

When she is on screen, not only do audiences get to see diversity and considerable acting chops, but they also see someone that stands out. That is rare in today’s Hollywood to see someone that can has both. She does. Going back to her versatility, she also did another soap opera in One Life to Live in which she appeared in over 150 episodes. She has experience to back up her skills. When an actor has skills and experience under their belt, they are hard to beat as they can tackle any type of role or any type of project that is given to them in today’s TV or movie world. Nothing is too challenging or overwhelming for Crystal Hunt, even the world of photography.

Scaling Up A Company

Start ups a buzz word right now in the world of business. There are a lot of people investing in new innovation and technology and using it to build a business. There are plenty of examples of companies that have had massive success in this area. For example, Uber now is as valuable as many major automotive companies. Technology is a great field to start a business in, but there is a lot of competition. If you are going to succeed in this area, you need to be prepared for a lot of hard work and long days. Few people are ready for all of the additional work that they have to do in order to grow a business. Mike Baur has had a lot of success with new companies, and he can teach you ways to build a business the right way.

Mike Baur

From an early age, Mike Baur knew that he wanted to build a company. There are a lot of people who have the dream of starting a business. However, few people have the work ethic to follow through. If you are someone who wants to start a business, it is important that you understand everything involved in that process. There are a lot of people who burn out in the first few years because of the hard work. Mike Baur tells people to make sure that they are making time for exercise and family time when starting a business. This allows for balance in life and keeps you from getting burned out.


Financing a business is a complicated subject. There are a lot of people who stay away from all kinds of debt in their business. This is generally a good idea for several reasons. If you do have to borrow money to get your company started, this greatly increases the risk that things are not going to work out. Debt payments eat into your cash flow, and they also make it harder to scale up over time. Instead of using profits to grow the business, you know using your cash to make debt payments.

If possible, have a mentor when starting a business. This is a great way to grow your business over time and you can have a lot of success with some help. Mike Baur has been mentoring people from across the country in order to help them with their business.