Arthur Becker has been a financial backer for many investors for years. Now he is “flying solo”, on a project of his own. According to the Real Deal, in Tribeca N.Y., he has acquired a five story building on 465 Washington Street. His plans are to expand it to 10 stories to create seven apartments and a penthouse duplex, with prices ranging from $5,000,000 to $14,000,000. He says it will an “artisanal, boutique building” with interiors designed by Paris Forino.
Mr. Becker has dabbled in numerous ventures, real estate, technology, digital magazines, fashion, reconstructing antique homes, and even a macadamia orchard. This man has had a wide, diverse career. He was CEO, of Navisite, and Zinio, and currently a managing member to Madison Partners. Madison partners invest in real estate and biotechnology startups. They deal with properties in New York City and Miami. Now that he is no longer a chairman, or CEO, he has a little more time to devote to his own interests.
Mr. Becker knew from an early age that he wanted to make something of himself. Starting out at 16, with a job in the parks department at $1.60 an hour, made him realize he did not want to do that for long. Shortly after leaving that job, he started his own company of taking apart very old homes and putting them on another lot, while still in high school. Upon graduating high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Bennington College. From there he went to Dartmouth to earn a degree at Amos Tuck Business School. From there it was on to Hawaii to make a macadamia orchard. Mr. Becker decided to go to work for Bear and Sterns in 1988, as an asset manager. He had found his niche for success, and went on to create all the previous company’s mentioned. Mr. Decker has had an exciting career life, and we hope to see more from him in the near future.
According to a recent article posted in the Fast Company website, the oral care market is projected to reach $2 billion by the year 2020. The EOS brand has positioned itself as a beauty care item, and considers women to be their target demographic. They are at the forefront of the organic / natural skin care movement, and are very well positioned as a leader in this growing market segment. EOS, established about a decade ago, has been growing steadily, and according to that same Fast Company article, shifts about one million units per week. This brand is poised for much greater growth and continued success.
The oral care market was once the purview of stodgy brands such as Blistex and Chapstick, and little to no innovation occurred in the century that Chapstick dominated this market segment. When EOS entered the market, they saw that this product segment had a void in innovation and change, and set about to fill that space. Women that EOS polled prior to their start reported that they considered lip balm as part of their beauty routine, rather than a utilitarian product. EOS used this information to target women and to present their product as a beautifier in addition to a chapped lips healer.
Organic and all natural beauty products have been steadily gaining in use and popularity, and this trend works very much in EOS’s favor. The Well-known brand prides itself for their use of all natural and organic ingredients, and is very well placed for the ongoing growth of the organic beauty product market segment. It will be exciting to watch EOS as it continues to grow and to lead its market segment in organic beauty. Founded less than a decade ago, EOS is now second only to the Burt’s Bees line of lip balm.
EOS products are available on Target and Walmart stores. Online stores Amazon and eBay have EOS lip balm products too.
Although I was aware of the work of Betsy DeVos as an education reformer I was less aware of the fact her husband, the former AmWay President Dick DeVos was as committed to this cause as his now Secretary of Education wife. After reading an article from MLive I found myself becoming even more impressed with the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos and the family as a whole, who I was amazed to discover have given away around one quarter of the $5.2 billion fortune created through the AmWay Group Dick played a key role in aligning for the 21st century.
I understand Dick DeVos is one of the world’s leading business people who has taken his skills to the NBA, the DeVos family’s AmWay group, and the Windquest Group investment company he shares with wife Betsy; I was less aware of the fact Dick DeVos has given his own financial backing to a number of educational groups and schools in the Michigan area and across the U.S. Among the educational groups and schools Dick has provided his backing for are the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, and the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Living; in 2015 I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated almost $3 million to various schools and educational groups, including the West Michigan Aviation Academy that was inspired by Dick’s own love of flying.
The commitment to the educational causes that face the U.S. is to be commended by myself and those who explore the philanthropic works of Dick and his family as a whole, I believe the range of good causes backed by the family show just how committed he and his family are to creating a successful community at all levels. As many of us believe a successful community must include a range of interests for the people of any area of the world, which should also include a vibrant range of arts and culture opportunities and programs. As a lover of the arts I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos had provided over $2 million in 2015 alone to arts based charitable programs, which does not include the huge $22 million donation made to the University of Maryland to establish the DeVos institute of Arts Management.
Vijay Eswaran is the man behind the creation of QI Group, a company that has helped in shaping up the Asian Economy. He currently serves as the CEO of the business where he oversees the firm’s operations across the world. QI Group has always specialized in providing aid to people who aspire to start a business by offering marketing for the enterprise. It’s one thing to begin a business and its an entirely different case to market the business and let people know about the firm and what it offers.
QI group employs the usage of QNet, a company that sells cosmetic products, hand-held electronics, luxurious packages and beauty products, to sell their products. QI Group also manages QI Asset Management which is an arm of QI Group that has its own vacation resorts, offer credit and loan services for individuals and businesses and involves itself in the real estate business.
Ever since Vijay Eswaran founded the company, he has been spending most of his time to grow the company considering the unusual path he had to take when he wanted to start the firm. Vijay was born and raised in Malaysia, and he had an opportunity of attaining quality education from London School of Economics. After graduation, Vijay was sure that he was not going to be employed by anybody as he aimed at becoming his own boss.
He was not also sure of what career path he wanted to pursue and this led to him doing odd jobs to get some money to help in taking care of him. Some of these odd jobs include cab driving, binary marketing, and construction.
All these he did regardless of having a degree in Economics. He once worked in several IT firms as a consultant while doing multilevel marketing for side hustling. When he returned to Malaysia, he decided he was going to open up his own company, and indeed he opened up QI Group Ltd. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://hk.linkedin.com/in/eswaranvijay
The firm’s principal affiliate includes RHYTHM Foundation that is dedicated to taking care of the Asian Community through its support programs.
The foundation has offered numerous donations to charitable causes that aim at helping the less fortunate in the community. Vijay is known for appreciating his employees as he believes the company wouldn’t grow if the employees are not willing to work and he urges other employers to do the same.
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