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Jed McCaleb Co-Founded Stellar To Change Lives

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Jed McCaleb knew that the financial infrastructure of the entire world could use a change, that it could use some help, and that is why he worked on Stellar. He worked with Joyce Kim to create something that would fill a need in the world of finance. He wanted to create something that would help those who do not have access to the kind of banks that can help them. Jed McCaleb worked hard to create something that would help people send money to one another without the need to pay large fees to do that. He worked on Stellar so that everyone would have access to a type of financial institution that could help them with their needs.

Jed McCaleb doesn’t jump around from one kind of task to another as he feels that he is the most productive when he sticks with a specific type of work. When he is in a “reactive mode“, he will work on doing things such as responding to emails and handling the communication work that he needs to get done. He will do that rather than force himself to do other things. When he is in a “focus mode”, he will work on coding and building and handling that kind of work. He will handle one type of job or the other, and he will focus solely on that rather than jumping around. He is also someone who is productive because he spends a lot of time strategizing and figuring out how he is going to work something out.

When it comes to building a great business and creating a successful life, Jed McCaleb believes that it is important for a person to keep from limiting the work that they do. He believes that creating a small niche to work in can keep a person from truly making a difference and being successful. He also believes that creating products that market themselves is important if a person is going to make it. He focuses on the products that he creates and on making them great, and then he lets them speak for themselves.

Charitable Leaders/Business Leaders Giving Back

A Founder With A Philosophy Of Giving

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Talk Fusion is a direct marketing company that is on a mission to help people build their dreams into realities, in the passionately held belief that making a difference in this way enables them to benefit and then give back to their communities in return. This inspired mission emanates from the leadership of Bob Reina, who founded Talk Fusion in 2007. Bob is the motivating force and leading influence on the culture and mission at Talk Fusion, his vision is to change lives through action. He set a goal to use the technology of Talk Fusion to help non-profits and charities in new ways.
Bob Reina’s Path Of Service
Bob Reina is the living embodiment of the principle that exceptional influencers lead by example and through service. From an early age, he has devoted himself to helping people achieve their goals and fulfill dreams that others might have regarded as impossible. Bob worked while attending college to pay his way through school at the University of South Florida. He then graduated at the very top of his police academy class.


Bob entered direct selling to supplement his income from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and found his true calling. He has built large organizations as a distributor for numerous direct selling companies which culminating in founding Talk Fusion in 2007. He has used his business to help others and as a resource to support diverse organizations like the Tampa Bay Humane Society, an Indonesian orphanage, and raised funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.
Opportunity From Giving
Talk Fusion produces video marketing tools such as video email, video newsletters, video chat, and integrated sign-up forms. Users do not need to hire professional support; Talk Fusion makes it easy to do the work without an expensive production process. The company has Independent Associates in more than 140 countries, and Bob Reina calls on all of them to share in the prosperity of the giving mindset.


Business Leaders Giving Back

Who is Sam Tabar? A Detailed Look into His Career

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Sam Tabar, a prominent attorney and capital strategist, started his career at Oxford University where he graduated with honors in May 2000. A year later, he became the Associate Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review.

Tabar has a wide range of experience as he has worked for several major corporations. After his graduation from Columbia, he joined Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP as an Associate. Despite Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP being one of the most prestigious law firms, he had more interest in finance, and soon after, he left Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP to work for Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors in 2004.

Tabar was initially hired as a Counsel Member for Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors, but he was later promoted to Managing Director & Co-Head of Business Development. Under his leadership, he brought great success to the company as he helped manage “all facets of global marketing and investor relations for a $2 billion hedge fund.” Not only that, he also helped the company raise its assets to $1.2 billion.

After his great success at Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors, he became the Director and Head of Capital Strategy in 2010 for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Asia-Pacific regions. He later left the company and joined Adanac LLC, BVI as the Director in 2012.

Last year, Tabar was named the Chief Operating Officer for FullCycle Energy Fund, which “finances the acquisition or construction of profitable power generation plants.” In a recent interview regarding his promotion, Tabar stated, “I am excited and honoured to take on the role of COO at FullCycle Energy Fund. I look forward to partnering with our talented senior leadership team to deliver our mission of moving away from high cost, polluting fuels to lower cost and environmentally friendly fuels.”

Tabar is fluent in both English and French and is able to functionally speak Japanese. He likes to travel and host events according to  For another dimension of this rising CEO, have a look at the work he’s done with AWI for African children through GoFundMe.

Businessmen/Charitable Leaders/Business Leaders Giving Back

Donors like Dick DeVos are Making the Kennedy Center Expansion a Reality

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Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has recently announced a benchmark in their current fundraising efforts to bankroll an approved expansion projection. They have reached their primary goal of $125 million and have set a new target of adding another $50 million to that number. The Kennedy Center, which issued a press release in September, thanked their donors, who have been actively donating for this project since 2013. The hope is that the expansion will be completed by 2018, and will feature a number of enhancements to the center.

But who are these generous donors? I, for one, was surprised to see the list, if only because Dick DeVos — a businessman, philanthropist, and author — appeared on it. This may not surprise you, as DeVos is currently valued at over $5 billion and is a regular contributor to the arts, but it caught my eye. Because prior to his $1 million donation to the Kennedy Center, he and his wife gifted $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center in 2010 through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. 

This kind of generosity from a Michigan-based family got my curiosity going, so I researched DeVos and his background. It turns out that Dick is the son of Rich DeVos, the co-founder of the privately held Amway Corporation, now known as Alticor. DeVos began his career at Amway in 1974, eventually becoming vice president in 1984, and expanding the business internationally. 

In 1989, DeVos left Amway to start his own business, named The Windquest Group, and later became President and CEO of the Orlando Magic, a team the DeVos family had recently required. In 1993, he took over as president of Amway and began a restructuring process in 2000 to transform Amway Corporation into an umbrella firm called Alticor Corporation.

In addition to all of his charitable efforts, Dick founded the first aviation-geared high school that makes the dream of flight attainable to young men and women in Michigan. DeVos himself is an accomplished airplane and helicopter pilot as you can see demonstrated in the video of his landing in downtown Grand Rapids below.

Another interesting tidbit to me about DeVos is that this businessman has put effort, in equal measure, into both politics and philanthropy. In 2006, DeVos ran for the governor seat of Michigan, losing to Democrat Jennifer Granholm. 

The loss has not affected DeVos, however, who has seen fit to sway politics with the use of philanthropy, most notably through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. DeVos currently serves on the boards of several Michigan-based businesses and charities, helping to revitalize his state while providing money for education and arts endeavors. He has also sought the time to write a book, Believe!, which was published in 1985 to great acclaim.

While many billionaire philanthropists may seem out of reach, I have found DeVos is not. He has a Twitter and Facebook account that is updated at regular intervals, keeping him in touch with people who might very well have benefitted from his philanthropy or business pursuits. And in a time where too many of the rich seem to be out of reach, Dick DeVos is the only one I have found to be amicable, approachable, and genuine in his love for people.