Betsy DeVos Stands Tall as Champion of Education Reformation.

When Donald Trump rose up the GOP ladder during the 2016 Presidential Primaries, much of the world was laughing into their hands. After all, what could a reality TV show host possibly do in the pursuit for the Presidency? As it turns out, he could do quite a lot. Donald Trump would go on to secure the primary nomination before winning the 2016 Presidential election, albeit in a closer fashion than we have ever seen before. In any event, President Trump took office in 2017 and has since then been working night and day in order to make his campaign promises a reality. Among those promises, President Trump swore to reform the government by moving away from career politicians in order to ‘drain the swamp’. In order to drain the swamp you have to have replacements ready and Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, was one of his earliest nominations.

Betsy DeVos comes to Washington D.C. by way of the Michigan Republican Party where she served as the chairwoman for seven years. Betsy DeVos will be taking her first government position as part of Trump’s administration but she won’t be the least bit cowed by the enormity of it all. Betsy DeVos has spent the past thirty years sharpening her political fangs in order to compete in an environment that is notoriously hostile toward outsiders. Betsy DeVos comes into Washington D.C. after having struggled in her confirmation hearing, but it seems like that struggle was almost intentional in order to get people to underestimate her.

Within the confines of the Department of Education, which she now leads, DeVos is rapidly gaining a reputation. Despite being soft spoken and polite, DeVos showcases skills at the meeting table that have rarely been seen within newcomers to politics. She has been described in equal parts as a maverick and a bulldog and members of both sides of the political fence seem to echo the sentiment. Mike Cox, a prominent Republican as well as a former state AG, has gone on the record as calling DeVos ‘steely’ and ‘determined’ when she becomes focused or fixated on a goal. Cox goes on to point out that her domination of a room has little to do with her enormous wealth and everything to do with her ability to go toe to toe in a debate. Learn more: http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Moves-From-Wealthy/238838

DeVos is from a small community on the Western edge of Michigan in a town called Holland. She has worked with her father’s auto company and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater — a personal security firm based out of Afghanistan. Her husband Dick DeVos comes from the Amway founding family and he has a fortune of his own. Dick DeVos ran for governor of Michigan back in 2006 but failed and now it looks like the political future of the family is in the capable hands of Betsy DeVos. DeVos has years to make a difference and it looks like she is already getting prepared to make it all happen.

Dr. Scott Rocklage: Working On The Cutting-Edge Of Bio-Medical Breakthroughs

The managing partner of 5AM Ventures, Dr. Scott M. Rocklage, has spent more than three decades in healthcare management. Dr. Rocklage graduated from UC, Berkley with a B.S. in Chemistry and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a PhD in Chemistry. He spent some of his time at MIT doing research in 2005 Nobel Prize winner Richard R. Schrock’s laboratory.

Since then, Dr. Rocklage has helped the drugs Omniscan, Teslascan and Cubicin gain FDA approval and got clinical trials for six other drug candidates. In addition to having his work appear in over 100 peer-reviewed publication, he’s the inventor or co-inventor of dozens of U.S. patents.

During Dr. Scott Rocklage’s long and illustrious career, he has held leadership positions and board membership in a wide array of biotech companies. They include Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Nycomed Salutar, Relypsa, Novira, Ilypsa, Miikana and Semprus.

He also worked in research and development with Salutar and Catalytica. Currently, Dr. Rocklage is on the directorial boards of Rennovia, Kinestral, Cidara, Epirus and Pulmatrix. In 2003, he joined Menlo Park, California based life science venture capital firm 5AM Ventures as a venture partner. He became a managing partner the next year. Read more: Scott Rocklage | Ideamesch and Scott Rocklage | Crunchbase

At 5AM Ventures Dr. Rocklage works with physicians, scientists and business executives on early stage company formation. He helps them transform their ideas into medicines that can potentially be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. He also collaborates with 5AM Ventures’ portfolio management team.

Dr. Rocklage is very excited about the explosive growth in the development of targeted treatments for specific mutations or genotypes that allow medical professionals to create new and better was to treat cancer. These developments extend, improve and save lives.

Some of the most important reasons for Dr. Rocklage’s productivity and success are his focus on organization, prioritization, time management and calendaring. Another thing that has helped is he is not afraid of measured risk-taking.

He feels that he does his very best work when he controls his own time and future through entrepreneurship rather than getting a job with an established Fortune 500 company.

Learn more about Scott Rocklage:

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How Anthony Petrello Has Philanthropically Helped People Out

After Houston was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey some companies immediately jumped in to help. Three of these companies were H-E-B, Nabors Industries, and The Houston Food Bank. At Nabors Industries, in particular, employees and management of this oil & gas company wanted to help their fellow citizens.

Being a philanthropist the president and CEO of the company, Anthony Petrello, gave everyone paid time off so that they could volunteer where they were needed.

In addition to helping out by delivering supplies and helping people whose homes and been damaged, Nabor Industries employees also wanted to raise money to help the victims. The ended up raising over $170,000. This amount was matched by Anthony Petrello as a gesture of helping others who had lost so much. His company also opened up their kitchen to local families who could get three hot meals a day.

Anthony Petrello was born and raised in the state of New Jersey. He was an attorney for a number of years before he moved to Houston, Texas, and took a high-level executive position at Nabors Industries. His leadership has led to him being greatly financially rewarded for his work making the company very profitable. Nabor Industries is now one of the biggest oil and natural gas drillers in the world with wells in North America, the Middle East, and other locations.

As his child has a neurological disorder due to being very premature, this is a cause that Tony Petrello knows about first hand. He saw that not enough research was being done on these and then discovered that a hospital local to him had one of the best research teams in the world focused on childhood neurological disorders. Once he discovered this about the Texas Children’s Hospital he wrote them a check for $7 million in support of their research. He also now serves on their board.

When Anthony Petrello attended Yale University he says one of his biggest mentors was Professor Serge Lang. Professor Serge Lang recently passed away and Petrello decided to do something to honor his memory. He created an endowment fund he started with a $150,000 donation. After many other former students also made donations to this fund he gave another $150,000. This money is now being used to help educate students at the school. Anthony has said that giving back and being socially responsible are two keys to succeeding in business and in life.

Find more about Anthony Petrello: https://analystoffinance.com/2017/10/tony-petrellos-nabors-industries-will-purchase-tesco-this-year/

David McDonald, OSI Group President

OSI Group, a global leader in food processing, acquired Baho Foods, a privately owned Dutch food producer of deli meat products and snacks serving retail brands and foodservice. According to the OSI Group president, David McDonald, the acquisition of Baho Food gave the company a wider presence in Europe. He further mentions that the Dutch food company products and brands match those of OSI. Thus creating an opportunity for OSI Group to meet emerging customer requirements and enlarge the company capabilities.

Baho Food has five firms with factories based in Netherlands and Germany, and serves clients in 18 European Nations. These subsidiaries have been operating for over 60 years. OSI executives and Baho Food managing director will develop and expansion strategy for the merged companies.

The current Baho Food executive director expresses his excitement for being a member of the outstanding global food dealer. He appreciates the customers and suppliers’ relationship that the OSI Group has created in its networks worldwide. With combined efforts, Baho Food will support customers better, besides offering a wider product portfolio. The collaboration is expected to accelerate expansion plan and support the company.

About David McDonald

David McDonald graduated in 1987, with a degree in Animal Science, from Iowa State University. He started his working career at OSI Industries, Chicago. With commitment and dedication, McDonald served in several capacities until he attained the current president and chief operating officer position.

The OSI CEO has interest in the management of resources and focuses on creating an impact in Iowa State. As an active individual in the Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative, he organized for a visit to OSI facilities in 2011. The official visit happened in the facilities based in China where several students attended. OSI recruited one of the students as an employee and offers several internship opportunities. The generous leader, McDonald, supports his community Alpha Gamma Rho through grants. In fact, he was among the key supporters at the Iowa State AGR house construction fundraising event. In 2004, the American Meat Institute board of directors’ chair received the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. This served as a recognition for his outstanding affiliation with the alumni association.

Mr. McDonald, a former employee at Marfrig Global Foods S.A., also served as an independent director from 2008 to 2017, June. This came after the acquisition of OSI Group operations in Brazil and Europe by MarfrigFrigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos. The current director of OSI International Foods Mr. McDonald serves as representative in the OSI Group board of directors.

 

Dr. Mark McKenna’s Career in Medicine and Entrepreneurship

\Mark McKenna is a medical doctor whose practice is located in Florida. He is a board certified and licensed doctor, with qualifications in medicine and surgery. Dr. Mark McKenna is not only a medical doctor, but also a passionate community servant. Originally from New Orleans, he is an alumnus of the Tulane University Medical School.

Immediately after graduating from University, Dr. Mark McKenna started practising medicine with his father. He worked with his father for a while before he decided to start his company called McKenna Venture Investments. The business was a real estate firm which was involved in real estate development and investment.

After several years, McKenna Venture Investments acquired and launched Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. The new company went on to attract more than 50 employees, and a wide range of services. Some of the services offered by the company include design, financing and closing services.

McKenna’s business ventures were destroyed during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. He helped the community of New Orleans to rebuild and redevelop before he moved to Atlanta, GA. This was in 2007, and the idea to start ShapeMed was created. ShapeMed, a wellness medical practice, was later sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. While at the company, Dr. Mark McKenna was as its national medical director. In 2017, he founded OVME, a medical aesthetic practice, which uses technology to reinvent elective healthcare. He also serves as the company’s CEO.

McKenna sits on boards of various organizations. He has previously served on the board of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He was also a board member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board. Currently, he serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Personal Life

Apart from his business interests, Dr. Mark McKenna is also a family man. He is married to Gianine McKenna, with whom they have a daughter. They also have a four-year old dog. When he is not working, he loves to spend quality time with his family. He also enjoys reading, and participating in community development projects.