Dick DeVos Helped Put A Stop To This Damaging Idea That Could Have Hurt Grand Rapids

Early in the 1990’s the city of Grand Rapids began to put together an idea that would see a multi-use sports and convention arena constructed north of its downtown area. The plan was released to the public, and while it may have seemed like a good idea to many, there was one man who knew better. That man was Dick DeVos, and he had been through this whole song and dance in the past. It was during the 1970’s that the Detroit Pistons as well as the Lions left that city. In their wake, they left the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills, which had been built for them, specifically. This had been detrimental to the city of Detroit, and Dick wasn’t having it in his own city of Grand Rapids.

 

Instead of sitting around and complaining, Dick DeVos decided to do something about it. He began a lobbying effort that culminated with the creation of Grand Action, which is a group comprised of business leaders whom were the main reasons for the building of a spread of important buildings in the city of Grand Rapids. Dick has always done everything he could to make his city a better place, and he has participated in the politics in his home-state of Michigan to help even more. He was a part of the law that allowed workers in the state of Michigan to get jobs without having to be a part of a union, and he also ran for to serve as governor of Michigan.

 

As a man who has always wanted to do more, even though he has his hands full helping as many people as he already can, Dick DeVos worked with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation has donated more than $138 million to arts and culture, basic human services, the health and wellness of people, churches, programs that foster leadership skills, and policy initiatives related to reforming the educational system and helping people to place their children in private schools. He also started up a charter school known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which has grown from 80 students to 600 students currently.

 

Dick DeVos has always been an entrepreneur and a businessman who learned some of the ropes of business from his father who was the co-founder of Amway. He sat as the CEO of Amway for close to a decade and made a lot of progress for the company while in the position. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while studying at Northwood University and attended Harvard Business School as well as the Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs. He is recognized as an alumni at Northwood University and received an honorary doctorate from the college. He also received an honorary doctorate from Grove City College and Central Michigan University. Today, Dick DeVos continues to focus on making his state and city a better place and serves as an inspiration to everyone who knows him.

 

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Anatomy of The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers have quickly risen to global stardom. Dominating billboards charts with countless top hits such as “Closer” and their recent album titled” Memories”. The duo has taken over the electronic dance music world by storm and have crashed into mainstream genres as well. But what makes the music by this now legendary duo so appealing to ears all around the globe? In a recent interview with billboard.com the two electronic dance music stars ripped off the covers of one of their hit songs from the “Memories” album titled “Somebody”. They gave a quick run down of the makeup of the song including the synths and sounds used.

In this exclusive interview by billboard.com the Chainsmokers dissect their own song for viewers to behold. The duo show their music production software called Ableton live, a popular music creation platform used by many world wide. They also go into detail about the specific plugins and synths used to create their hit song “Somebody”. From the interview we can gather that the synths are rather basic sounds, but the magic comes from the duos exceptional ability to make simple, but catchy melodies that gravitate to the ears of every listener. Coupled with honed mastering and mixing skills the couple is able to constantly pump out revolutionary music that captivates audiences everywhere regardless of race, language or nationality.

Electronic dance music and music as a whole, has long been thought of as a method to connect people of the world regardless of how different we are. The Chainsmokers have mastered the ability to create popular music that appeals to everyone, connecting the world through common enjoyment of their stunning, simple and catchy melodies. The legendary duo will likely continue to push the boundaries of electronic dance music and into other genres of music, inevitably dominating the industry as a whole.

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