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The DeVos Family’s Republican Support

The time for a new president is fast approaching. We are now at the epicenter of the presidential campaigns. Various high profile personalities are aligning themselves behind certain candidates. The DeVos family, a rich and powerful clan in west Michigan, has chosen to back the Republican candidate, Marco Rubio. As spokesman for his family, billionaire businessman Dick DeVos recently explained why the family was now backing Rubio. He said they had been backing Florida Governor Jeb Bush until he dropped out of the race.

DeVos added that they intend to do all they can to give Rubio momentum in his campaign. The aid of the immensely wealthy clan will primarily come in the form of significant financial assistance. Their friendship with Rubio did not just start. Dick has been well acquainted with Rubio since his 2006-8 stint in the Florida House of Representatives. It was during that time that the Devos grew very impressed by the leadership of both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Dick DeVos well understands how hard it is to be a politician.

There is mounting pressure for the Ohio Gov. John Kasich to back out of the race, so Rubio will have more of a chance against his opponents. But Kasich is not backing down. In fact, he will soon be running ads that will attempt to explain why he has more of a chance against Clinton than Rubio. In the recent, certain of the DeVos family have given money to Kasich’s campaign. In fact, Dick’s mother Helen gave Kasich, Bush, and Rubio $2, 700 each. Dick says it has not been until very, very recently that Rubio has become the clear favorite among the entire DeVos clan.

DeVos is the heir to the Amway Corporation (Michigan Live feature) and worked with the company throughout his career before he left to begin the Windquest Group. His resume on New Netherland Institute proves his experience in business and philanthropy.

Dick and Betsy started their own foundation that gives regularly to education, community services and many more causes. Dick is proud to be part of an aviation charter school both because of his dedication to education and because of his passion for flight.

Connect with Dick on LinkedIn to learn more about his career.


The Story of Coriant

As time moves forward and technology progresses, the industries that rely on technology also must change and adapt, and make a place in the modern era. Companies in the industry such a Coriant know this like many others would.

Coriant is the name of a telecommunications company that got its first start back in 2013. The company, which has its headquarters in both Germany and the United States, was originally under the ownership of Nokia Siemens Networks, which in turn was owned by Marlin Equity Partners. In the spring of 2013, the company made the announcement that it would declare its independence from Nokia and become its own entity. More recently, Marlin Equity partners has decided to form merger between Coriant and Tellabs, another telecom company, and as a result everything will operate under the name of Coriant.

Kheradpir serves as the current CEO of the company, after putting in long hours of work cooperating with vendors within and outside of the company. With him as CEO, Kheradpir now replaces former CEO Pat DiPietro, who now serves as the vice chairman of the company. Kheradpir is a London native who spent a large portion of his younger years living in Iran, but left for the United States to attend Cornell University. While there, he earned his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.

His work with the company impressed his employers so much that he eventually found himself being award the position of chief information officer (CIO). In 2000, GTE and Bell Atlantic merged together to form what is now Verizon, where Kheradpir also held the position of CIO. During his time there, he was responsible for creating small teams in the department who would come up with new and innovative ideas for marketing. He was also able to get the information technology budget and number of staff reduced to a significant amount.

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