Philanthropy

Rick Smith: Transforming the World of Communication

Securus Technologies is one of the largest telecommunications and technology corporations in the United States. The company focuses on providing correctional facilities with access to communication and other technological product that would enhance the security inside. The current chief executive officer of the company is Rick Smith, and his skills in leadership have taken the company into a whole new level. Rick Smith joined Securus Technologies in 2008, and through his hard work, he got promoted into his present position. The board of directors at Securus Technologies has seen a potential in him, and they unanimously chose him to be the next one to lead the company. Securus Technologies is known for their advanced communication products and computer software, and they have been partnering with several correctional facilities in the United States and Canada. Rick Smith has been a key figure in expanding the business overseas, and he is looking forward to see Securus Technologies being used all throughout the world. Rick Smith is also particular with the company’s patents and inventions.

It was reported that almost $600 million has been spent just to protect them. He has also transformed how Securus Technologies is doing their business. Presently, the company is offering four major solutions in order to maintain peace and security throughout the country. They have products which focus on public safety relations, investigative solutions, corrections solutions, and monitoring solutions.Public safety solutions include Securus XCAD, a computer software which quickly delivers the information needed for emergency calls; Securus XMOBILE, a mobile application which provides safety professionals with information on the go; and Securus XRMS, another mobile application which offers huge data storage and has the ability to retrieve critical information. Investigative Solutions include SECURUS THREADS, which provides investigators with information and data that was collected throughout the country.

It helps the investigators track someone using the software, or identify some information that would be helpful in investigations. Securus Technologies also have a handful of products for Corrections Solutions and Monitoring Solutions, which would provide communication options to inmates and at the same time, tightening the security inside the correctional facilities.Rick Smith has been actively participating on how to improve the products that are being released by Securus Technologies. He wanted to make sure that the products that they are releasing to the market would become helpful to the inmates and to the authorities. Their video calling technology has been considered to be one of the best in the market, and a lot of correctional facilities have already installed a video calling device inside the prison cells to be used by the inmates when calling their loved ones outside. Rick Smith promises that Securus Technologies would continue to deliver excellence in the field of technological development.

George Soros – A Man Who Speaks Money

George Soros is best known for being “the political billionaire”. While it is true that his political activities and social activism have taken the majority of the media coverage concerning him in recent years, what many do not know is that he is a man who has been the driving force behind the financial success of thousands for decades. He is one of the richest men in the world, he is also the kind of man who, when he speaks on matters of business and finance, is listened to.

George Soros started out in humble beginning. He was born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. As a young person, he was thrust into a world of darkness and despair as he struggled along with his family and countless others to survive the Nazi occupation of his home, a task made even more difficult by hi being Jewish. When he was able to he fled Hungry and immigrated to England, where he took a job as a railroad porter and later as a waiter to support himself and pay for his attendance at the London School of Economics. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.

It was from here that his stellar career in the financial sector began, first with a job at a merchant bank, and then at investment firms and finance houses where he proved he had a natural, almost godly gifted, talent for working with numbers and growing money. It wasn’t long before he took his reputation and moved to New York City, where he, in 1969 started his first fun, later to be known as The Quantum Fund, with only Twelve Million dollars. Out of the success of this fund, he started Soros Fund Management, and to this day he is still a primary component of the firm’s operation and decision making.

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In his leadership capacity at SFM he recently appointed Dawn Fitzpatrick to be the Chief Investment Officer, putting her in charge of the firm’s portfolio, and handing over the reins of the firm’s primary assets section. She is one of the most successful female executive on Wall Street and will serve as the seventh CIO for SFM since 2000. It is expected that she will be around for quite a while, however, since Soros has stated that it took a long time to find the right person for the job, but he feels confident that with Fitzpatrick at the helm of the firm’s portfolio, the long track record of excellence and success will continue for many years to come.

While George Soros may be best known for being the “political Billionaire” he earned the billionaire part through shrewd and careful management and attention to detail. He is a man who should be listened to when he speaks, for he speaks with the voice of experience and wisdom. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

The Fight For Freedom Continues For George Soros

The Open Society Foundation has quickly grown to become one of the world’s largest networks of charitable groups thanks to the funding provided for the organization by philanthropist and founder George Soros. Best known for his work as a legendary hedge fund manager, the gamble taken by Soros on the devaluation of the British Pound resulted in him becoming known as the man who broke the Bank of England according to Forbes, Soros has spent a large amount of his time exploring the need for cultural change across many nations on the planet. As he has now developed a fortune estimated to be worth more than $25 billion George Soros believes it is his responsibility to the community he serves to give back in a way that benefits those in the greatest level of need. Read more on NYTimes.com

George Soros is not the kind of billionaire philanthropist to blindly throw money at a cause without first completing a high level of research into any difficult situation and finding the best way of assisting those being stripped of their rights. A good example of his approach to the cultural problems he encounters can be found in the way Soros sought to aid Europe’s Roma community as they sought to be accepted as members of society in the European Union; The Open Society Foundations explains George Soros has been a major donor to the legal battle taking place in European Union to integrate the Roma community into the world around us all, Soros has helped provide legal representation for the Roma community and other groups seeking to protect their rights.

The human rights of people from various communities have not been the only aspect of the work of George Soros that he has explored through The Open Society Foundations; the Hungarian born financial expert has also been seeking to assist those in Africa and Asia in battling the crippling effects of the drug war on their communities. Soros has been a strong supporter of the fight to legalize marijuana since the early part of the 21st century when he was part of a campaign to alter the tactics of the United Nations in fighting the criminal drug industry. Prior to his work in Africa and Asia, George Soros was well known for being a major supporter of the bid to bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War on the side of the West. Much of the desire of George Soros to end the Cold War was located in his own history as a Hungarian who was forced to live under Soviet rule following the end of World War II, which would prompt him to take his own refugee journey across Europe to London and later New York.

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Dick DeVos’s Foundation Has Helped Private Schools Across Michigan

The DeVos family is one of Michigan’s wealthiest families, but also one of their most generous and their charity work has helped non-profit groups and private schools across the state. Betsy DeVos, the wife of Dick DeVos explained to Philanthropy Roundtable why much of their foundation’s work has been dedicated to education. She explains how school of choice is such an important thing for families who aspire for their children to receive better quality education than what most public schools offer. She also cited examples of how education reform laws have helped state education overall do better in places like Florida and Louisiana. Education is just one of Dick and Betsy’s passions.

 

Dick DeVos grew up in a business-minded household, the son of Richard DeVos who co-founded Amway, one of the largest direct selling corporations in the US. Dick graduated with a bachelor’s in business, and later an MBA from Northwood University, and he spent most of his early career working at Amway. After his father retired, he took over as CEO and during his time running the company many new offices were opened in the Asian markets, and his final year saw profits generated in excess of $4 billion.

 

Today Dick and his wife Betsy run The Windquest Group, an investment firm with holdings in the technology, energy, and retail industries. But a great deal of their work has been done with the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through this foundation they have sponsored many conservative think tanks and reform groups such as the Education Freedom Fund, Mars Hill Bible Church, Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Willow Creek Association. Dick also has served as chair on the Grand Action Committee, a group that’s overseen building projects designed to revitalize downtown Grand Rapids such as building sports arenas, theaters, museums, and other large centers.

 

Both Dick and Betsy have been longtime activists in the Republican party, including contributing to former President Gerald R. Ford’s campaign, serving as chair of the state Republican party, and even running for office. Dick won election to the state board of education in 1990, and in 2006 tried to defeat incumbent Jennifer Granholm in the gubernatorial race, but just lost by a close margin. He also authored a New York Times bestselling book titled Rediscovering American Values, explaining how free market economics, good morals, and generosity helped make America prosperous and great.