Ever heard of the talented and extraordinary Richard A. Smith? Sometimes known as Rick Smith, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies which is an American prison technology concentrated from Dallas, Texas. Smith has been the Chief Executive Officer since June 23, 2008 in which this company is in charge of making all the technology such as the security cameras, electronic locks where the prisoners are held and much more gadgets which are used within the prison system to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan. The company employs around 1200 people and serves way over 2000 correctional facilities which are situated in the United States and Canada. According to Wikipedia
Smith holds a long line of college degrees which makes him an outstanding candidate for the many top executive jobs he has held in the past. Each time he obtains a college degree, he seems to climb the corporate ladder so easily. Rick Smith has an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s in Business and Administration from the University of Rochester Simon School, and finally a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport. Rick Smith was always a studious and smart student because he always ask question. He always was focused to make sure he finished his degrees because he knows that education is the way to triumph in life. That is why he got one degree, then he quickly obtained another like if it was nothing just to acquire a degree from college which is difficult when taking many classes.
Prior to Securus, he was with Frontier Corporation from March 1972 to 1998 with several positions in which he successfully rises through the ranks. He was a Controller, President of Frontier Information Technologies, Vice President of Midwest Telephone Operations, Network Plant Operations Director, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Financial Management and finally the Chief Financial Officer. His hard work and dedication shows his various and amazing positions he has held because he always follows directions and is persistent when getting the job done. Then he started working for Eschelon Telecom Inc. from March 1999 to July 2003. After impressing the board members, he became President from April 2000 to August 2003 and then impressively the Chief Executive Officer from August 2003 to August 2007. In June 2008, he was offered a job as the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies Inc. His long line of work shows that he deserves whatever job he is offered next because his passion and dedication to the job description clearly shows that when his performance is outstanding. Check this article at Bloomberg.com to know more about Rick Smith.
Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Richard “Dick” DeVos knows the value of hard work. It’s a trait that was instilled in him from the time he was a very young child. DeVos says his father, businessman and Amway co-found Richard DeVos Sr. instilled the importance of maintaining a strong work ethic. “Nothing is given to you on a silver platter,” DeVos insists. He says people often assume because he was born into a wealthy family that everything came easy. There was no laying around all day in the DeVos family. “As a child, when clients would come to the house, we all had a job. Whether is was serving refreshments, greeting clients or helping set up meetings,” said DeVos.
DeVos took an official position with his father’s company right out of college. He says he moved around to a number of departments to learn all aspects of the business. Within five years, he was the head of the marketing division. By 1989, he was one of Amway’s vice presidents. When DeVos was named company CEO, Amway saw tremendous growth with profits increasing by more than 700%. The company also expanded into new territories abroad.
In 1992, the DeVos family purchased the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team. DeVos stepped into the role as general manager. He remained in that position until 2005. In 2010, DeVos started the privately owned Windquest Group. The company holds interest in alternative fuels, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and other technologies.
DeVos and his wife, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, run a number of charitable organizations within the state of Michigan. They are strong proponents of the voucher system and charter schools. The DeVos charity has donated millions to a number of educational initiatives. DeVos also served on the Michigan State Board of Education. He says he will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every child in the state has access to a good education.
In 2006, DeVos stepped into the political arena. He ran unsuccessfully to unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. DeVos ran on a platform of education and jobs. Although he narrowed the lead to 4 points a few weeks before the election, he eventually lost by 8 points.
Stephen Rotella is the chief executive officer serving at the StoneCastle Cash Management, LLC. Stephen worked at Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation where he was the President before assuming this position. He previously worked at Chase Home Finance, LLC where he served as the chief executive officer. Stephen has worked in the financial industry for a long time. He has acquired massive experience and skills. Stephen once worked at JP Morgan Chase where he was the executive vice president since 2001. He was also the president and chief operating officer at WMI Holdings Corporation from 2005 to 2008.
Stephen Rotella is a known figure in the financial world. He has served in many financial institutions. He was the president of Retail Banking serving at the WMI Holdings in 2008. This position entailed him to oversee the commercial, mortgage retail business lines, and the administration of the technology group at WMI Holdings. Stephen Rotella was in charge of the Home Loans Division at the WMI Holdings Corporation in 2005. Stephen served in the mutual fund, systems consulting, and retail brokerage industries before he went to work at Chase Manhattan Mortgage Company. He was once the President of the Consumer Mortgage Coalition and more information click here.
Stephen Rotella is the director and chairman of BalletMet. This is a big regional arts firm located in Columbus. He is an advisory board member at the Vericrest Financial, Inc. and a board member of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Stephen studied at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where he managed to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also went to the State University of New York, Albany where he acquired his MBA in Finance and Information Systems. Stephen Rotella was recently announced as the new Chairman of the National Board at SCP (StoneCastle Partners LLC). He took up the position after Michael Gilligan who is a veteran businessman.
Stephen Rotella has been in the business career for more than 30 years. He has a background in operational and strategic leadership in the financial sector. Stephen specializes in internet banking, asset management, management of large scale operations, and organizational development. He is the patron of Jazz at the Lincoln Center and Stephen of Website.
Warren Buffett has many times that there are far too many actively managed funds that do their investors a big disservice with excessive fees, too much trading, and performance that can’t even beat the market. He advises buying a low-cost index fund that follows the S&P 500 as his preferred strategy.
Tim Armour, the CEO and Chairman of the Board for Capital Group, has said that he agrees with Mr. Warren Buffett that many actively managed funds are mediocre at best. However, he says that there are ways to find active funds that provide great returns, The trick, he said, is to find ones that have low fees and, most importantly, have a large part of the fund managers own personal funds invested in it. He said that, by having skin in the game, these fund managers are motivated to do the research required in order to beat the market and deliver superior returns.
Tim Armour has been a long time advocate of investors looking for active fund managers who “earn their keep”. He says that if the manager can’t beat the market their clients need to find someone who does. He has pointed out that many of the actively managed funds that Capital Group offers beat the market both in the short and long term.
The company that Tim Armour leads, Capital Group, is one of the oldest investment management firms in the world. The company was founded in 1931 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Armour also responsible for the company’s other offices that are located around the world.
Learn more about Tim Armour: https://littlesis.org/person/51109/Timothy_D_Armour
Anthony (Tony) Petrello has achieved mega success in the oil industry. He is the very wealthy CEO of Nabors Industries, a company that contracts oilfield services to other oil firms. Globally, Nabors is responsible for about 500 drilling rigs. That level of responsibility keeps a CEO busy; however, Tony’s has many other things on his mind.
One could argue that Petrello’s primary focus is his daughter Carena Francesca.
Anthony and Cindy’s baby girl was born at 24 weeks, weighed 20 ounces, and has a disease common to premature infants. Carena has periventricular leukomalacia, or PVL, a problem that develops because blood and thus an adequate quantity of oxygen don’t get to the brain during the growth of the fetus. The lack of oxygen causes neurological issues.
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The first step in caring for Carena was a series of operations to save her heart and her sight. Soon after the surgeries, Carena developed cerebral palsy and other developmental problems. Her issues presented the Petrello’s with the realities of raising a child who faced a life filled with significant challenges.
For example, as Carena grew she began losing the ability to do things she had been doing. She learned to talk and then at around five lost the ability. Today, like many other kids afflicted with PVL Carena can only stay mobile using a wheelchair and she can’t feed herself.
Her parents, Tony and Cynthia Petrello began by learning about the diseases associated with PVL and adjusted their expectations. Each new experience served to increase their awareness of what was necessary to care for kids like Carena. The financial and personal costs are extraordinary and certainly not something parents ever dream will happen to their child. Carena’s parents began an investigative journey across the country to find a pediatric research institution that could help.
Their exhaustive search led them to conclude that translational research on an enormous scale is the only approach that would make a significant difference and no one was doing any. Tony and Cindy started working with a research facility at Texas Children’s Hospital and donated $5 million. The plan aimed the money at studying neurological problems in children and finding solutions. The Petrello family’s new goal is to raise $7 million.
Learn more about Anthony Petrello: https://www.bcm.edu/news/genetics/brain-heart-link-explain-sudden-death-in-rett
In the recent GulfNews article, Sharmila Dhal writes about the exciting Autism Rocks Festival founded by Usha and Sanjay Shah, a couple from Dubai. Spurred by the diagnosis of Autism their son, Nikhil, one of three, received, the couple felt urged to encourage research into why individuals develop this developmental disorder and what can be done about it in the future. One of their imperative goals is to change the way those with Autism are perceived and treated in society.
Autism Rocks is a charity that was founded in 2014, as well as a live concert. In the past, performers such as Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bublè and Prince have been the main acts at the concerts held in London and Dubai. This year, Autism Awareness Month begins on April 2nd in Dubai, and the performers of this year’s Autism Rocks Festival are Flo Rida and Tyga. Usha Shah supports these two acts in the hope that their relevance will attract the interest and support of a younger audience. Apart from live music, the event– that encourages whole families to attend– will include activities like bouncy castles, face painting, a petting zoo, laser tag, a zip line, and barbecue. This event is in partnership with 117 Live, an Al Ahli Holding subsidiary.
Sanjay Shah Denmark, 46, and father of three, is a hedge fund manager and former banker for multiple corporations. In 2009, Shah moved to Dubai after becoming enamored with the city. When Shah’s youngest son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with Autism in 2011 at age two, Shah was shaken. As a father, he wanted to know what he could do to fix it and when he was told that it Autism is not something to be cured, he wanted to know the next step in order to help his son develop in the most productive way.
Shah, being a self-made millionaire, has used his wealth to assist the research of Autism. In 2011, he approached the Dubai Autism Centre and asked what he could do. After supplying the center with vehicles to transport members of their programs, Shah made his contributions in the mindset that enabling studies will head practical results and thus progress can be made. He feels that these groups and centers are important for families to find support in a community where there are others who identify with their struggle. The Shah family continues to facilitate the Autism Rocks Festival and hopes to plan more concerts and events throughout the year.
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