Archive for March 30, 2018

Robert Ivy: American Institute of Architects: Leading The World

Robert Ivy is currently Editor in Chief at Architectural Record. He landed that job in 1996 after working at Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy, and other national publications. Robert Ivy isn’t an architect in the way most would think. He doesn’t design buildings; he bridges the gap between people and architecture.

Over the decades, Robert Ivy’s name became synonymous with award-winning. If he’s not winning the award, then one of the publications he works for is winning the award. Robert Ivy’s won a Crain Award, a McGraw-Hill Award, been named a “Master Architect”, and become a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Robert Ivy is a member of the American Institute of Architects. It’s one of the oldest organizations in America that still exists today. Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects was originally called the New York Society of Architects. It’s now headquartered in Washington, D.C.

There are several sides to the American Institute of Architects that people get to see. The American Institute of Architects is mostly about architects standing with a united voice. By uniting, they better able to get their professional points across to government practices and regulations.

Too often, governments limit or prohibit industries from doing something that’s a necessity for survival. The American Institute of Architects represents on behalf of architects doing these times. As a group, they’ve created more legislative and regulatory actions and uses than almost any other industry. They’ve also created unique ways for communities to rebuild.

The American Institute of Architects also helps architects find jobs within their communities. As part of their rebuilding America mentality, it’s important to give the right people the job. That’s where the American Institute of Architects steps in and helps. They also participate in professional interest areas.

Part of leading the world involves educating people on architecture. The easiest way to educate is getting people involved with fun activities. One of those activities includes getting people to name their favorite works of architecture. Arguably, people aren’t that interested in architecture, but that’s the point: get them interested.

The American Institute of Architects also created outreach programs that aim at mayors and community leaders. The hope is that leaders will focus on building more environmentally friendly buildings in their communities.

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Reforming Education With Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist, businesswomen and the US Secretary of Education. She is best known for her efforts to reform the US educational system. Together with her husband, Dick DeVos, she founded a Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a platform they use to support the educational reform that focuses on developing and improving vouchers and charter school system.

 

Brief Family History

Betsy Devos was born in 1958. Her family was affluent and conservative, two factors that majorly influenced her political views. Her father was Edgar Prince, a Dutch industrialist notable for his political contributions and charitable giving. Betsy inherited this philanthropist philosophy.

 

 

She and her husband, Dick DeVos, are known together with her husband Dick, financially contributed to religious and political causes. Their contributions to these causes attracted a lot of public’s attention, some criticizing and some praising DeVos efforts to reform the educational system.

 

Political Path

Before marrying Dick, Betsy attended Calvin college where she formed her political views, influenced by her hometown’s cultural and religious ties to the Netherlands. She became involved in campus politics, which was the birth of her political career.

 

 

Betsy joined an educational-choice movement, emphasizing the importance of students having multiple choices when pursuing their academic endeavors. In her interview for Philanthropy Roundtable, Mrs. Devos argued that the current educational system, one that includes public schools, is failing. Because of this, she embraced and pursued radical reforms, such as vouchers and tax credits.

 

Pushing For Reform

Dick and Betsy became more politically involved in 1990 when Dick ran (and got elected) for the State Board of Education. Betsy started a foundation that offered a scholarship to those families who needed it. While this was wonderful and helpful, according to Betsy, it was not enough. She wanted to change the system and thus had joined the educational-choice movement.

 

 

In the 1990s she served on the boards of American Education Reform Council and Children First America. She and Dick acted locally and successfully passed the first charter-school bill in 1993 (Michigan). Michigan families were pleased with the law, encouraging the DeVos family to push constitutional change (one that would allow tax-credit scholarships or vouchers statewide), but the effort failed in 2000.

 

American Federation for Children

After the efforts for constitutional change failed, she (together with other people and organizations) formed the American Federation for Childer, whose goal is to educate public on the importance of having a broader educational choice. The AFC is affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children Action Fund, which is a political action committee.

 

 

The most significant success has been seen in Flordia, where 50 000 students attend the school of their choice, thanks to the tax-credit program. Louisiana and Indiana are also showing signs of progress, according to Betsy.

 

Betsy’s Philosophy

According to Betsy, she is trying to tear down the embedded mindset of students attending the schools they are closest to, partly because it is financially favorable. She also sees great potential in digital technology, arguing that this new technology will further democratize the school’s system. Betsy also sees the potential in homeschooling, charter schools, and virtual schools.

 

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Santiago’s Manaira Shopping Mall is the Main Attraction Site in Brazil

Roberto Santiago is the owner of one of the largest malls in the world known as Manaira Shopping Mall. The mall is located at the center of Joao Pessoa. He is a recognized entrepreneur in all of Brazil. He started his profession by starting a company which made boxes and sold to other companies and businesses to use for selling their products. After some years of successful stint in this business, Roberto Santiago had saved money enough to enable him to buy a plot of land at the center of Joao Pessoa. He built a mall on that land and officially opened it 1989. Since the time of its opening, the mall has remained an attraction site for the city residents and people from neighboring cities and towns. The Manaira Shopping Mall has been expanded over time, today, it does offer not only retail services and restaurants but also a university and a vast modern hall known as Domus Hall that can accommodate 8,000 individuals. The hall has attracted many cultural events in the city due to its enormous size and its advanced technology enhancement.

The Hall was completed in 2009; the hall is made of two levels, the lower level, and the upper level. The lower level is used to host private events while the upper level is used to organize public events. The mall is the largest in the city of Joao Pessoa and the nation. The top level has a capacity of 8,000. Most people hire the lower level to host business conferences, weddings, and other private events. The upper level is used to hold cultural events, exhibitions, plays, fairs, concerts, music and much more. Before the establishment of the Domus hall, the city had never attracted such events. The hall is famous among the Brazilian citizens and the people of Paraiba state.

Manaira Shopping Mall has fantastic food courts, Roberto Santiago has ensured that the food court has a choice for every visitor to the mall. The mall also has entertainment options for everyone, with a movie theatre and an enormous arcade area where people can play games. The mall has banks within its location, spas, salons, different clothing brands, electronics, furniture, and much more. It is a retail environment with something for everyone. There are also regular events that attract people into the mall. Most people have made the mall their stopping place in a routine to enjoy themselves and shop. The mall has enough parking space to accommodate its visitors. The safety of the visitors is also guaranteed within the mall and its surrounding. Roberto Santiago has an expansive knowledge about the Brazilian people and the nation, he is, therefore, able to leverage on his understanding of their culture and do a business that can attract and satisfy the Brazilian people

 

The Journey That Led Ara Chackerian To Be A Success

Angel investor, entrepreneur and healthcare technology pioneer Ara Chackerian, who has worked in the health technology field for more than two decades, is also committed to protecting and improving the natural environment.

After graduating from Florida State University with his Bachelor’s Degree, Ara Chackerian worked for several years in various positions at health services companies.

Passionate about healthcare and technology, he went on to launch multiple companies such as diagnostic imaging services provider BMC Diagnostics; clinical telepharmacy services company, PipelineRx and comprehensive psychiatry services firm, TMS Health Solutions and more.

One of the most significant outpatient psychiatry groups, TMS Health Solutions offers an option for patients who do not respond to medication for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and more as the company specializes in healing for those with treatment-resistant depression.

Founded in 2007, the company is the main provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, a drug-free, non-continual therapy that is handed out on an outpatient basis in a physician’s office. The company also makes available psychopharmacology services to patients who struggle with disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and more.

In just two years, TMS Health Solutions has built seven new facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento region with plans for regional expansion throughout Northern California. The facilities provide a consult room and a TMS treatment room.

Ara Chackerian is also the managing partner of ASC Capital Holdings, where he pays particular attention to investing in preliminary stage healthcare business. Digital assisted healthcare apps and telemedicine have recently caught his attention.

In addition, the San Francisco-based entrepreneur also co-founded Nicaragua-based Limonapa Teak, a teak farm that creates hundreds of jobs for the regional community. For more details visit tmshealthsolutions.com

Chackerian plays an active role in board memberships which include TMS Health Partners, Mint Medical Education, Juma Ventures, Pipeline Healthcare, the Hatlen Center for the Blind and more. He also supports multiple non-profits that spotlight education and advancement for youth.

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