Hurricane Harvey hit Houston Texas in 2017 bring with it impressive and dense rainfall. Rivers were made in hours throughout the cityscape. Millions of homes were damaged beyond repair by the rising water. This catastrophe left millions of people homeless. In addition to losing everything that they owned the residents of Houston found themselves worrying about where their next meal would come from. That’s when Nabors Industries stepped in. The company saw the devastation and felt compelled to aid in the relief efforts any way that they could. Of all of Nabors Industries employees at least 10% were impacted personally by Hurricane Harvey. The company has a long-standing reputation for standing by their employees and communities and even when tested by mother nature they knew what needed to be done.
Nabors Industries took their personal company cafeteria and turned it into a community kitchen according to dailyforexreport.com. Three times a day this cafeteria would dish out hot meals for families in need. However, that didn’t seem like enough. The company also noticed that employees were taking time off to go help relief efforts. They were delighted to see the initiative their employees showed to support the community and wanted to encourage it. In support of this effort, the company decided to offer any employee pay for the time they took off to volunteer. Additionally, the employees at Nabors Industries showed their support for the victims by raising over $176,000 to help. Their CEO Tony Petrello was moved by this initiative and chose to match their donation amount personally.
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Nabors Industry’s attitude towards supporting the community comes from their socially minded CEO. Petrello has donated millions to various causes over the years. For example, when a friend and former mentor of his passed away he started an award in his honor. This award began with a donation of $150,000 from Petrello but grew as other alumni rushed to contribute as well. This pride in education is also shown through his company as Nabors Industry’s personal charity has contributed millions to employees and their children to help with educational expenses. Petrello has also found himself interested in relieving neurological issues in children. After some research, he found one of the best hospitals in the country right in his backyard. Texas Children’s Hospital has been the beneficiary of a $7 million donation from Petrello which was critical to funding a new research center.
Scott Rocklage is a PhD who joined the company 5AM Ventures in the year 2003. He started up with this company as a Venture Partner and would later become its managing partner a year later in 2004. By joining 5AM Ventures, Rocklage will be in position to continue providing guidance and expertise to healthcare companies. With his three decades of experience, Scott has helped a number of companies put together FDA approved drugs along with many others being put through clinical trials. Over the course of his career, he has served as either a chief executive officer or chairman of many other healthcare companies. This has resulted in him demonstrating his leadership and expertise on healthcare management as well as manufacturing various medications.
Rocklage’s current experience is as the managing partner of a venture capital firm in the life sciences industry. His firm is responsible for developing solutions to help improve the lives of individuals. In a typical day, Rockalge will spend hours studying a number of different areas of life science. He will also work with the portfolio company management team as well as preparing for and attending Board meetings. At these meetings, Scott talks about his findings as well as discusses strategies on how to develop better solutions for improving the health of various consumers. A combination of his daily activities enables him to make valuable contributions to his organization.
On a daily basis, Scott works with a number of scientists, physicians and business executives to assist in putting together new ideas for medicines. By working with these three types of people, Scott is in position to provide his own feedback and advice on how to develop the most effective healthcare solutions for individuals. With his efforts, he has been in position to assist a number of people in the medical community to meet a number of needs in the medical field among patients.
In terms of experiencing success, Scott says that one of the habits he emphasizes is organization. He believes that it is important to be very well organized in order to meet goals (https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=216045&privcapId=3200727).Scott also attributes time management so that he can complete important tasks in a timely manner. Lastly, he emphasizes calendaring and prioritization in an effort to ensure that various goals and objectives are met each day.
Mark McKenna is an accomplished real estate entrepreneur and healthcare professional. He developed an interest in the field of medicine at a young age. He studied medicine at Tulane University Medical School. Mark is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Florida and Georgia. He started practicing medicine after he got his license and a short while later, he launched a real estate firm, McKenna Venture Investments. He also launched Uptown Title, Inc. and Universal Mortgage Lending, which provided various real estate services such as financing and design.
Mark faced a number of challenges in his entrepreneurial ventures, not the least of which being the havoc caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where he had several business interests. However, this did not deter him one bit. He helped rebuild New Orleans before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007.
Mark McKenna developed an interest in the medical aesthetics industry and decided to launch a medical practice known as ShapeMed whose main focus was wellness and aesthetic medicine. The company performed exceptionally well, and this made Mark realize there were a lot of opportunities to explore in the medical aesthetics industry. In 2014, ShapeMed was acquired by Lifetime Fitness Incorporated. Mark worked at the company until 2016, and in 2017, he founded OVME, a medical company that has really disrupted the medical aesthetics industry. He is currently the CEO of the company. Dr. Mark McKenna is an authority in the medical aesthetics field and has been featured on various shows such as Doctorpreneur.
Mark McKenna has had an interesting career, shifting from medicine to real estate and back to medicine but this time with revolutionary ideas. He loves to meditate as this helps him visualize his goals. Mark has a wife and a daughter and he makes sure he spends some quality time with them every day. He is also an avid reader, and according to him, this has helped a lot in his entrepreneurial journey. Some of the people he looks up to and who have really influenced his thinking are Barrack Obama, Michael Bloomberg and Elon Musk. His passion for aesthetic medicine is what has made OVME such a huge success.
The major donor to the Democratic Party, George Soros, has been at the forefront of the relaxed laws for political donors that allow almost unlimited campaign donations to the party or candidate of their choice. Politico reports George Soros has taken advantage of these relaxed campaign funding rules to donate a combined total of more than $50 million to the Presidential election campaigns of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, not counting the funding supplied to the campaigns of President Barrack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns Soros largely sat out due to some policy disagreements with the Obama Administration. As one of the main political donors to the campaigns of a number of liberal candidates and causes on the left of the political spectrum one would expect George Soros to be a major supporter of the Citizens United ruling that allows donors to write checks of any size to politicians, Super PAC’s, and major campaigning groups, but the Holocaust survivor takes a different view and supports moves to return U.S. politics to its earlier state where political donations were capped at federal level. Read his profile at Forbes.
The view of George Soros that political donations should be limited came around in the wake of the 2004 Presidential election where Soros had backed then Senator John Kerry in his bid to defeat President George W. Bush to the tune of $27 million. The loss of the election and the personal criticism aimed at Soros for backing his own political views allowed the legendary hedge fund manager to take a fresh look at how the changes in political funding had changed the U.S. political landscape, and created a view Soros did not like the look of; following the 2008 election campaign the Hungarian born financial expert believes the influence he and his fellow donors have developed over the course of the 21st century should once again be limited. Read more on NYTimes.com.
Across the world George Soros has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most important protectors of democracy and basic human rights; Soros uses his Open Society Foundations network of charities to educate individuals about the benefits of democracy and how best to work to break the stranglehold of a ruling tyrannical regime. In the U.S. the End Citizens United campaign group backs many of the candidates George Soros has identified as offering a political view similar to his own and has seen a major level of financial and vocal backing provided by the founder of Soros Fund Management. The grassroots nature of End Citizens United means financial donations are capped at $50,000, a figure provided for the group by George Soros as he has thrown his backing behind the campaign to limit his own political influence in the U.S. for the good of the nation.
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The DeVos family has instilled a lot of values into their children. Dick DeVos himself has demonstrated these values and has done his father proud. Among the things he has achieved was starting and running his own businesses. Dick DeVos has been involved in many different positions while working. One position is him working as the owner of Amway. He has taken the company which was originally started by his father and put it under reconstruction so that it can work in a way that is more efficient for the era it was in. He has also been involved in other activities.
One activity that is a highlight of his life is being one of the owners of the NBA franchise Orlando Magic. Other highlights is his philanthropic activities. Much of his activities were done with his wife Betsy DeVos. He has helped with a lot of families as they tried to get their children greater education. He is also involved in the School Choice initiative which allows parents to choose the type of education their children get so that they can have the safest experience while living in poor communities. Dick DeVos is also involved in helping to build communities.
Dick DeVos has also put together a foundation with his wife in order to fund projects with the purpose of making communities safer for children to live in. One of the best ways he believes that he can build communities is by improving on the education that the children are getting. It is not just the equipment used to teach the topics, it is also the topics themselves and the resources that are available for students to get the help they need in order to make a successful career and then move forward with their lives.
Dick DeVos is an example to follow. He is someone who is working because he likes to provide for his family. He has also been very successful in his career choices which has made it easier for him to offer his support to other families and members of the community that he wants to help build.