Entrepreneur Dick Devos

There are a number of power couples in Washington, but the most powerful in terms of cash flow may just be the Devos family. With Betsy Devos as US Education Secretary, and her husband Dick Devos now working with the FAA, the couple is now working together on Capitol Hill. While many are speculative on upcoming elections, it’s clear that the Devos family has always had an influence in education. Now Dick Devos is looking towards empowering the aviation industry with his business acumen and in-depth knowledge of airport economics.

 

For many years, Devos has been working in his hometown of Grand Rapids to improve commerce in downtown, as well as bring new ideas for economic growth to the area. Some of the first projects he opened in downtown Grand Rapids included a performing arts center and convention center. The two play nicely to give Grand Rapids its own voice and center of activity that was also supported by local businesses.

 

Devos saw that the airport nearby had a role to play as well. While the Gerald R. Ford International Airport was revamped in 1999, it’s actually a much older airport that dates back to the early 1900s. Most don’t realize that the airport has a long history in the area, but it came close to shutting down after a period of stagnant growth. In fact, it was Devos who worked with the CEO to bring in new ticket sales and change directions.

 

Early in the 2000s, Devos was working alongside the CEO of the airport. He decided to call up the CEO of Air Tran Airways to discuss plans of expansion, new ticket sales, and business travel in the aviation industry. Devos believed that he could turn Grand Rapids into an incredible business traveler destination. However, the airport needed more flights. Air Tran Airways agreed and then opened new terminals to Las Vegas, Orlando, Denver, and St. Louis.

 

After awhile, the growth was so incredible that more airlines jumped on to support the airport. This led to a $45 million renovation that was completely funded by the airlines at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It’s no wonder that the CEO of the airport and the CEO of Southwest praised the appointment of Devos to the FAA council.

 

The council will meet once each quarter to go over suggestions on policies, regulations, future growth, and budgets.

 

Read http://dickdevos.com/news/ to learn more.

Dr. Saad Saad’s Innovation And Expertise Attracts Major Attention

 What Is The PCRF?

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is a non-profit, non-political firm created in 1991 to support medical needs of Middle Eastern Arab kids. The organization contacted Dr. Saad back in 2002 to ask for services for a teenage child suffering from a gunshot wound. Even though the doctors in the Israeli hospital saved the child, his injuries were too severe for further treatment on a local level.

The First Surgery

The PCRF stepped in, located Dr. Saad and transported the child to the U.S. for surgery by Dr. Saad. Dr. Saad said the child’s condition was dire when he arrived.

The gunshot wounds in his belly had caused difficulty with eating due to burning of his skin. By early 2003 Dr. Saad completed the difficult seven hour surgery on the child. He patched the holes and repaired the internal injuries. The surgery was a major success. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Dr. Saad Saad | Facebook

The Second Surgery

Seven years later, in 2010 Dr. Saad completed another surgery on a kid from the same West Bank area. This time it was a girl who was born with her intestines on the exterior of her stomach. The doctors in Palestine worked on the situation for 18 months.

The PCRF stepped in again and had the girl relocated to the U.S. to get surgery by Dr. Saad. Dr. Saad created a cover for the girl’s abdomen in a five hour surgery and her condition was greatly improved.

The Third Surgery

Just three years later in 2013 the PCRF reached out to Dr. Saad about another child. A boy from the Gaza Strip was suffering from paralysis in one of his legs after a bomb attack. Before the incident, he was good in soccer, but since the hit he had been stuck in a wheelchair, unable to move his paralyzed leg. He was in need of a nerve transplant surgery.

Even though Dr. Saad isn’t a nerve doctor, he was able to find a surgeon who was qualified to complete the transplant. Dr. Saad facilitated the surgery through his connections and with his assistance the boy received his transplant and was walking and back to soccer in no later than 11 months.

About Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad is a successful pediatric surgeon who practices in Eatontown, New Jersey. He has benefited the medical industry by offering his expertise and innovations to the medical field. His innovations and contributions have made a global impact.

His talents have been recognized by his medical peers, the Saudi Royal family and humanitarian groups. His popularity and greatness has afforded him opportunities to perform a huge amount of surgeries on patients throughout his career.