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.
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
Talk Fusion is one of the leading digital communication companies founded in the year 2007. Founded and headed by Bob Reina, this company is based in Florida. The company offers video email, video chats, video meetings and video newsletter services. As of today, the company offers its services to over 140 countries.
With Talk Fusion, more and more people get to connect and network. This internet tool has been very instrumental in business sales. It allows entrepreneurs to identify opportunities as they arise and share their views with other. All this is courtesy of Bob Reina.
According to Martech Advisor, Bob Reina, through Talk Fusion and his other ventures, has always been big on giving. His charitable side is inspired by his success. He believes that the less fortunate should benefit from what he has been lucky to get in life. Charity is always in his mind and whatever thought he has is always about helping people.
He broke the philanthropy record when he donated $1 million to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Through his company and various associates, he has been able to raise funds and help people and animals alike. He made a contribution to the Indonesian Orphanage, helping destitute animals have a hopeful future. He extends the same courtesy to the less fortunate, not only in the United States, but all around the world.
Reina launched a Talk Fusion donation account where associates can willingly donate. Those that donate through the account are given access to the best monthly plan, involving access to all their video marketing products.
Money raised through the account goes to various charitable courses. He hopes that by so doing, non-profit organizations that are founded with the true goal of helping people across the world, can have even more to keep doing what they do best.
Bob Reina continues to not only use his companies to give back to the society, but also gets into his pockets for donations. He is known to have donated to provide basic resources for people that were affected by the Japan Tsunami and the earthquake in Nepal.