CEO Barbara Stokes: Providing Homes For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Barbara Stokes became CEO of Green Structured Homes Delivered in 2011. The company is known for providing quality housing for disaster victims. The Mercer University grad and mother of three brought many years of proven leadership experience to the company. By the next year, Green Structured Homes had a contract with FEMA to deliver prefab houses to people who lost their homes to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. The company’s designs, produces and constructs safe, durable state-of-the-art houses and Stokes’ experience handling government contracts made the process of getting the contract smooth and seamless.

Using the latest in computer-aided design software, the company meets the highest engineering standards for accuracy and quality manufacturing in their production facility. As a result, Green Structured Homes Delivered creates mobile and modular house that are of the highest quality. Barbara Stokes has years of experience working with Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, and research and development firm Pisces Corporation, this gave her expertise in guiding staff to focus on details to ensure they create only the highest quality products as a result.

The experience Barbara Stokes has in organization, manufacturing and management has made her a valuable asset to Green Structured Homes Delivered. She has been able to provide essential leadership for the company and others involved in the disaster relief construction industry. Her understanding of the process involved in coordinating critical tasks in pressure situations make her indispensable for helping the company take decisive effective action in the face of the devastation and chaos during natural disasters.

Barbara Stokes has a biomedical engineering and physics degree. That training has taught her to focus on details and has helped the Huntsville, Alabama based company to succeed. She also spends a great deal of time volunteering in her community. Green Structured Homes Delivered was the company FEMA called in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey struck the Houston, Texas area and left tens of thousands homeless. The displaced residents and FEMA were so impressed with the work of Barbara Stokes and the staff of Green Structured Homes Delivered that the company was given a new FEMA contract.

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Talkspace Celebrates the Texting Age

Living in today’s technological age can have its ups and downs. During those down moments many people need someone to talk to, and before Talkspace that meant making an appointment with your therapist. However, if you needed someone to talk to right away there were no options available. Do not worry because there is help on the way in the form of text counseling. Talkspace has announced that you can now send and receive text messages with a licensed therapist, giving you immediate care for what ails you, be it depression, PTSD, or some other issue.

Talkspace is a revolutionary company that allows its subscribers access to a licensed therapists and counselors live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These professionals are available to talk to on the phone, over video conferencing, and now by text. When you need that immediate attention to what ails you the folks at Talkspace are there to listen and help you in your crisis. The mobile therapy company was founded in 2012 by Oren and Roni Frank. The company is headquartered in New York City but maintains a group of licensed professionals from all over the country. Talkspace offers therapy for individuals and couples as well as counseling for teens and adults on an as-needed basis. Recently the company announced that they have a ever-growing network of over 100 licensed therapists and counselors that provide care to over 500,000 patients.

Dick Devos Appointed to Federal Aviation Administration Oversight Board

Philanthropist Dick DeVos was appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) civilian oversight panel on September 28, 2017. The 13-member Management Advisory Council advises FAA executives on long-range planning, spending, and policies. The position is a three-year voluntary commitment in addition to Dick’s private sector positions. DeVos led the $45M revitalization of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he’ll be an “asset to the FAA Management Advisory Council.”


Gerald R. Ford International Airport


DeVos brought AirTran Airways into the Grand Rapids’ airport which led to nonstop flights to and from the West Michigan airport. A few months later, Southwest Airlines began service to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. DeVos contributed $1 million to the airport’s expansion, and the airlines lowered air fares and increased the number of passengers traveling through Grand Rapids.


America’s Top Givers


Dick and Betsy DeVos contributed $138.7 million to the DeVos Children’s Hospital, the DeVos Place Convention Center, DeVos Performance Hall, the DeVos Communication Center at Calvin College, and the DeVos Center for the Arts and Worship. Dick and Betsy DeVos were 24th on the Forbes Magazine America’s Top Givers list in 2015. They contributed $1.33 billion in their lifetime. Dick and Betsy DeVos devoted their lives to changing institutions and policies.


Great Lakes Education Project


President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos Secretary of the United States Department of Education. Betsy DeVos advocates for parent and student choices in public school education. She achieved vouchers for children from poor families to enroll in private schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia, but not in her home state, Michigan.


West Michigan Aviation Academy


In 2010, Dick DeVos opened the nonprofit charter school, West Michigan Aviation Academy, with his wife Betsy on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Beginning with just 80 students, the aviation school evolved into a fully accredited science technology engineering and mathematics public secondary school. Learn more:

Fabletics: Trusting Reviews

It’s strange to think that companies no longer have the power to persuade consumers so easily. As strange as it seems, it’s worked out perfectly for both sides. Sure, some companies haven’t done well since the shift in consumer behavior, but the savvy brands achieved newfound success.

Fabletics is one of those brands. In just four years, has grown into a $250 million business that sells in eight countries. Fabletics sells activewear in a market already dominated by big-name brands, it’s a miracle the company survived at all. Fortunately, social media’s made growing a business a lot easier.

Building an online presence is hard, but having a world-famous celebrity as part of the company certainly puts an added boost in achieving online success. Kate Hudson, co-founder of Fabletics, always wanted to start some kind of activewear brand. For her, it’s not about the fashion itself; it’s about America’s struggle with health and fitness.

Most health-focused companies market to people who are desperate to change their lives for the better or they’re already living healthy and fit lives. Fabletics is about slowly inspiring women to take that first step toward an active, healthy life. That’s why they produce lines for all sizes and ages of women.

That personal commitment to members seems to be a winning exercise. Fabletics has over one million monthly members and 18 successful retail stores. The online success is mostly thanks to their members and more than 21 million online fans sharing their positive opinions of the brand.

The new consumer trend revolves around online reviews. Most people these days, use online reviews as a determining factor in many of their final purchase decisions. Most important, modern consumers trust these reviews, even though they’re written by complete strangers. BrightLocal recently conducted a study that revealed that over 80 percent of people trust these reviews as much as a personal recommendation.

According to Trustpilot, the largest review site in the world, people don’t trust traditional advertising or marketing anymore. People look to online reviews because they’re written by fellow consumers who’ve already had personal experiences dealing with the company.

These online reviews also help companies create better products. It’s why so many companies have feedback and comment sections on their sites. This trend helps keep companies transparent and customer focused.

OSI President David McDonald Provides Views of Innovation

In a February, 2017 interview published in CEOCFO Magazine. David McDonald, current President and Chief Operating Officer of the OSI Group, LLC, discussed how he encourages innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship at the company. He stated that, in large part, it is the clients who inspire the employees of OSI to be inventive in creating ground breaking solutions for everyday problems. McDonald stated that he believes that it is the real-world challenges which are raised by customers when asking for practical solutions to existing obstacles that enable the company to put their best foot forward.

According to McDonald, when an issue is raised that has a tight deadline, it motivates OSI workers to think outside the box. The employees creatively utilize consumer insight to generate improved food development, resources and products. Client inspiration and motivation also helps motivate OSI business leaders, McDonald stated. This occurs when management can determine effective ways to use global sourcing to generate novel and cost-effective methods for solving their customer’s problems.

A resident of northeast Iowa through his college years, McDonald was raised on a farm, which influenced his future aspirations. In 1987 McDonald graduated from Iowa State University after having completed his undergraduate degree in animal science. He also received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award, an early indicator of his future leadership abilities. Joining OSI Industries upon graduation, McDonald moved to Chicago and began his steady climb up the ladder to become the company’s president and COO.

OSI Industries provisions food services to companies across the globe as an international premier supplier. OSI has offices in 17 countries representing more than 65 individual facilities and employing more than 20,000 employees. The company concentrates on making high quality food products accessible to its customers, constantly striving to increase customer satisfaction through an individualized approach.

Some of Mr. McDonald’s more impressive accomplishments include improving global food production sustainability and working with OSI China to supply the Beijing 2008 Olympics games with food. McDonald is also credited with increasing the company’s presence in Europe through the purchase of Baho Food. He had this to say about the purchase: “The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”

In addition to currently serving as President and COO at OSI Group, LLC. McDonald is a member of the Board of Directors for the North American Meat Institute having also served among the organization’s past chairmen. McDonald also functions as an Independent Director at Marfrig Global Foods S.A.

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Highland Capital Management Goes Presidential

The first endowments of 2018 for the George W. Bush Presidential Center have begun rolling in, placing Highland Capital Management at the head of the charge. The endowment of $10 million will be used to kickstart a new public program series titled, Engage at the Bush Center. Since 2012, Highland Capital Management has been one of the Center’s founding enefactors, contributing over $5 million since 2012. Visit to know more.

Highland Capital Management’s co-founder and president, Jim Dondero, has been a leading supporter of the Bush Center’s impact on national discussions and local community outreach programs. Dondero believes that events like Engage at the Bush Center open up a crucial discourse on policy issues both home and abroad, and create a long-term vision for social and political integration. Joining Dondero in his task will be the executive advisory council of the Bush Center, president and CEO, Kenneth Hersh. Read more about Highland Capital at

Founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland Capital Management has been the premiere global alternatives to investment solutions for over twenty years. Highland has invested across an array of financial structures and institutions and has been committed to providing fiscal investment structures based on their clients’ individual needs. The company’s client list has grown to include public pension plans, foundations, financial institutions, fund of funds, governments, and high net-worth individuals, and endowments with offices located around the world.

The innaugural event for Engage at the Bush Center will be sponsored by Highland Capital Management and include a two-part program that was conceived with the help of the National Constitution Center. The event is schedueled or February 5th in Dallas. While admission for the event is free to the general public, people interested in obtaining passes for certain portions of the program, like “Constitutional Conversations: Justice Scalia’s Memorable Speeches/James Madison & Today’s Media”, must register at

Along with Highland Capital Management, Boeing has gifted the George W. Bush Presidential Center and George W. Bush Institute with a $30 million investment for programs related to veteran resources. Last year, Boeing awarded the President Center with $50 million in grants for programming related to technology and science.


Oncotarget: Introducing New Cancer Treatments

Mikhail Blagosklonny and Mr. Gudkov created Oncotarget, an online medical journal which aims to provide new information about oncology. They decided to create the online medical journal because of the calls coming from scientists worldwide who are requesting for a system where they can upload their discoveries for other scientists to see. Oncotarget was made public in 2010, and since its introduction to the public, the website has been visited a million times. Oncotarget is unique because of its peer review feature, which allows several people from the scientific community to review every article that is being submitted by the readers, who are mostly oncologists themselves. Check the journal at SCImago Journal & Country Rank. Oncotarget releases two articles every week, and all of these articles are going under the careful screening of scientists who are working in different research facilities and educational institutions around the world. Mikhail and Andrei are oncologists themselves, working for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. They are also known for other researches, including the use of rapamycin to combat aging and to gain eternal life. Mr. Mikhail and Mr. Andrei dedicated so much of their time and energy to develop Oncotarget, and they are hoping that the scientists would use the online medical journal responsibly. Learn more at

As Oncotarget’s editors in chief, Mikhail Blagosklonny and Mr. Gudkov have the freedom to choose which articles should be published based on the information in the written in the article submitted. One of the latest articles that were published in Oncotarget states about one of the newest treatment developed for people who are suffering from cancer. The treatment was developed inside a laboratory, and its effectiveness is nearly 100%. Scientists described the treatment as remarkable and having potential, because of its unusual approach to cancer cells. During the experiment, the scientists have brought a living tumor and placed it inside a piece of equipment which can detect the healthy body cells from the cancer cells. The equipment managed to identify the two, and it started to eradicate the cancer cells. The remaining cancer cells were later eliminated by aggressive white blood cells, and it cleared the tumor from any cancer cells. Scientists are now studying the application of the treatment to patients, seeing if it would be successful.


Jose Auriemo Neto takes the reins of JHSF, drives stock price through the roof

JHSF Participacaoes is one of the largest and most important real estate development firms in the country of Brazil. It rose to become one of the most prominent high-end luxury real estate development companies in the country, and it has done so in a relatively small space of time.

Founded in 1972 by Fabio Auriemo, JHSF Participacaoes quickly grew throughout the decades in the 70s and 80s, building some of the most spectacular hotels, condominium complexes and Class A office space that the country had seen up to that date. Throughout the 90s, Fabio Auriemo continued to grow his firm, eventually becoming one of the most sought-after real estate developers in the country.

Then, in 2001, Fabio Auriemos son, Jose Auriemo Neto, took over the reins of the firm. He immediately began following an ambitious program, developing some of the most luxurious real estate projects that had ever been built in the country. One of these was the General Motors Brazilian Proving Grounds, a massive automotive testing facility that brought hundreds of thousands of jobs to the area. Through projects like these, Auriemo Neto was able to begin attracting serious capital to the areas in which the developments were taking place.

One of the largest and most ambitious projects that Auriemo Neto undertook was that of Parque Cidade Jardim, a sprawling mixed-use development along one of the busiest corridors of traffic in the city of Sao Paulo. The site where the development would ultimately rise was a dilapidated slum that nobody believed had any value. But Auriemo Neto thought otherwise. He saw the huge potential in building a mixed-use development adjacent to one of the most heavily trafficked highways in the country.

Over the course of two years, Parque Cidade Jardim came to fruition. By the time construction was finally nearing an end, the entire complex had already been sold off, with prices being bid up by to 300 percent above their listed prices. Today, the Parque Cidade Jardim complex is one of the most sought-after luxury properties in the entire country. It features nine high-rise condominium complexes, four Class A office towers and a 180-store luxury shopping center that includes Luis Vuitton, Reebok Academy and a Cinemark mega-theater.

Organo, Awesome Beverage Company

Organo is a famous beverage company. They have amazing fabulous tasting drinks that have great health benefits. Organo is mainly known for the coffees and teas; however, they have other products on that are produced by them as well.

Organo produces different health and body management products in order to help individuals reach their daily goals. They sale natural detoxes that are great for cleansing the body. Their health drinks come in many different flavors so that your health journey won’t become boring. Their flavors come in a variety of pink lemonade, rich chocolate, mango peach, grape seed oil, creamy vanilla, and many other flavors as well. In addition to these products, Organo also has toothpaste and soaps to improve their customers personal experience while grooming themselves. Organo ‘s toothpaste is not like most of their competitors toothpastes. Their tooth paste is a beautiful honey sand color with an amazing mint scent. The tooth paste leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and great. The soap from Organo Gold is also one of a kind. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Three bars of soap comes with one order and it is absolutely worth it. Read the reviews at

Like most beverage companies, Organo has many different coffee and tea flavors. However, Organo is different because their teas has the ingredient of Organic Ganoderma inside of them. Organic Ganoderma is extremely beneficial for health. It has been proven to improve the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, it gives immune system support, and it also can prevent cancer.


Organo allows people to be able to provide themselves an additional income as well. Organo lets people who are interested become independent distributors. The company makes it extremely affordable to start business. You are not required to have a sponsor to get started. Over the years Organo has helped many people have great success stories. Shop now at

Dr. Clay Siegall, Battling Cancer Through Advanced Research

Dr. Clay Siegall is the president and CEO of a renowned firm by the name Seattle Genetics. He founded this company in 1998, and he is a holder of Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the Maryland University and a Ph.D. holder from the University of George Washington. Seattle Genetics is a significant player in the field of cancer research. Interestingly, Clay believes that the old methods of cancer treatment that required administration of brutal treatment regiments need replacement with very effective modern treatment regiments that are less harmful to the patient.

Dr. Clay Siegall venture into his career was not accidental, but it got highly motivated by the pain of watching one of his relatives struggle with cancer and nearly succumbing to death. The great pain experienced by the family member was mostly due to the treatments administered. It made him want to improve the tools of cancer treatment, and for sure he was determined to bring a solution through enhancing treatments given to patients. Dr. Clay Siegall thus dedicated his life towards research in is trying to improve the therapies used to treat cancer and succeeded in reducing the harmful effects they had on patients. The treatment regiments were now easy to administer with less adverse effects.

Seattle Genetics company has several ways of making money which include the sale of drugs, proceeds from production partnerships and giving licenses for the use of processes and technologies they have developed. His journey to success was not smooth as he almost gave up in 1999 and 2000 when they had nearly exhausted their operational capital. However, his workaholic nature saved him as he had no much time to focus on the woes affecting his business. The company also has a well-experienced staff well rooted in biotech and smart in business matters.

Other than referrals, this company has a unique marketing strategy which includes long meeting and a lot of negotiations enabling them to make deals worth 7 to 8 figures. Generally, Clay attributes his success to hard work. In 2014, he was appointed a member of Directors Board of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. He also worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb and National Cancer Institute before he founded Seattle Genetics in 1988.