Natural disasters are something that will always happen, and we will never completely avoid their disastrous effects. Hurricane Harvey was one of the biggest and strongest forces to hit Texas in 2017. Homes and Streets were destroyed thoroughly and in he after math food was scarce. It is in times like these that people show who they truly are and if they really care about their fellow man. As Texas dealt with the hurricane’s damage many companies and people didn’t show up to help. However, there were those who came to help significantly and one of those people was Tony Petrello and his company Nabors Industries.
Tony Petrello is man that attended Yale university and Harvard University. He has two math degrees from Yale and a law degree from Harvard University. Though he has these degrees and attended such prestigious schools he went into business for himself and started his company Nabors Industries in 1991.
His company is the largest drilling contractor in the United States so it’s safe to say Mr. Petrello is the spitting image of success. He in this time of great pain could have done what most people think persons of his status would do and that is ignore his fellow man. As CEO of Nabors, Tony Petrello is a different type of person. Giving back to the community is a regular thing he does, and Hurricane Harvey just proved to be another example of him showing his true colors. AS the city tried to recover from damage from Harvey a lot of his workers took time off to help the relief effort and Tony did what he does best joined in the effort. He offered his employees paid time off to go help in the cleanup of the disaster. Not only did he d this but he also donate a large amount of funds to the effort and put an onsite kitchen in the area to feed those in need. This is textbook Petrello as he embodies Philanthropy. His daughter suffers from periventricular leukomalacia and instead of shutting down he has donated massive funds to the Texas children’s hospital to not only help his daughter, but children just like her.
Anytime disaster or misfortune strikes Tony Petrello is there to support and give. When his friend from college died he set up an endowment in honor of him and it has been supported by many Yale university alumni. Tony Petrello is almost a force of nature in himself as he strikes positivity when the word strikes chaos or negativity.
Hailing from Michigan, Richard DeVos Jr. or Dick DeVos as he is more commonly known is the son of entrepreneur and businessman Richard DeVos Sr., the founder of the large healthcare product provider – Amway. Since 1984, Dick DeVos has been working at the company, and overseeing all the operations that the company conducts in the numerous countries that it performs its operations in. Currently, Amway is operational in over fifty countries and is one of the largest healthcare and nutrition suppliers in the country. Dick DeVos worked at the company for several years and in the middle left to start up his own business called Windquest Group, which undertook the manufacturing and merging of numerous smaller furnishing stores and traders. Using his expertise and all that he learned while managing Amway, Dick DeVos led his newfound company in the direction of success.
The company proved to be hugely successful and contributed to the enormous amount of wealth that Dick DeVos possesses. But his heart beckoned to rejoin the family business as his father wanted him to fulfill the position of president of the company. Using his excellent managerial skills, he was able to translate them to the employees and the company to make it the success it is today. While doing this, he continued to lend his help the Windquest and assist them with all their operations. Handling so many companies and large organizations, one would think that Dick DeVos already has his hands full, but that isn’t all this man does.
One of the main reasons why Dick DeVos is so well known throughout the country is owing to the significant amount of philanthropic work that Dick DeVos does. DeVos is married to current Education Minister of the United States, Betsy DeVos. Along with her, Dick DeVos established his organization for the benefit of society and to help those who need aid. With that in mind, the DeVos Family Foundation came into existence and since then has created quite an impact on numerous people.
The foundation’s primary focus is on education and uplifting those who cannot receive a high quality education due to financial limitations. The organization is known to provide scholarships to students who have shown exemplary talents at their schools. These scholarships are given to them for the purpose of helping them enroll and afford private school education so that they may develop their skills to their fullest potential and help contribute to society.
Through the DeVos family foundation, Dick DeVos has also made efforts to help the environment around him to benefit the community. The Foundation donated a significant amount of money to organizations that were working towards mitigating the high amount of pollutants in the water around and Laka Macatawa in Ottawa County.
The DeVos family is known for its brilliant solutions to common social problems. Dick DeVos previously served as the president of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise and Amway. He also contested as Michigan Governor under the Republican Party during the 2006 elections. On the other hand, Betsy DeVos is the chair of a company known as the Windquest Group that she founded together with Dick DeVos, her husband. The company invests in clean energy solutions, manufacturing processes, and technology. Mrs. DeVos currently chairs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In an interview with PhilantropyRoundtable.org, Mrs. DeVos pointed out how the DeVos family is committed to charity. She also mentioned that their charitable foundation supports children whose parents cannot afford school fees.
Dick DeVos’ Early Life, Education and Work Background
Mr. DeVos is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native who attended the Forest Hills public school. He attended the Northwood University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. His father, Richard DeVos, is the co-founder of Amway, a company that distributes consumer goods. Since childhood, Mr. DeVos has managed his family’s business. He served as the president of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He is married to Betsy DeVos and is a proud father of four children. After serving as the president for Alticor and helping the company to amass $4.5 billion in sales, he left the company and became The Windquest Group’s president.
The Windquest Group is a company that mainly focuses on technological solutions. It invests in manufacturing processes aimed at producing cleaner fuels. As the president, Mr. DeVos ensures that the firm only invests in cost-effective and environmentally sustainable projects. Besides business, Mr. DeVos has also participated in charitable and reform initiatives. For instance, he contested and won the chairperson seat for the Michigan State Board of Education. John Engler named DeVos as a board member of the Grand Valley State University board of control.
Mr. DeVos and his wife both co-chaired the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to children from low-income families. DeVos and his wife use The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation to fund institutions such as the Children First America, Choices for Children, and the American Education Reform Council. He opened the first United States public charter aviation high school during the fall of 2010 known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. His wife’s interest in education and his interest in aviation inspired him to open the aviation school.