Various organizations have risen to recognize extraordinary performance of individuals in the various sectors of the economy. One of these organizations is the One Planet organizations which host annual awards to honor business performance for both individuals and groups. Over the years these awards have become highly coveted among the people and receiving one of these is a humbling experience.

In 2016, One Planet Awards recognized the efforts of Troy McQuagge; a major engineering power at the USHEALTH Group. USHEALTH Group is a Texas based insurance company. Under the leadership of this talented man, the organization has conquered the North American insurance market by its innovative, flexible and affordable insurance plans. It serves about 15 million people in self-employment and small business; most of whom may not afford native insurance plans due to the high costs associated with them. It works with a wide network of providers to ensure that their clients get discounts on the various plans.McQuagge was greatly humbled by the award of CEO of the Year where he scooped the Gold. He did not for a moment attribute this award to his personal efforts but said that the award belonged to the USHEALTH Group team as a whole. These are the people who have been greatly dedicated to ensuring that their customers understand not only their products but also the importance of healthcare as a whole. He emphasized that the company is willing to see every member of the society happy with healthcare services available and thus will not rest even after this great recognition.

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McQuagge joined USHEALTH Group in 2010 and had the chance to work as CEO and president of USHEALTH Advisors and the Freedom Life Insurance Company which are both subsidiaries of the company. In both of these he served as the Chief Executive Officer and president. Having achieved great success in the two, the board thought they could extrapolate this success to the entire company. In 2014, they appointed him as the Chief Executive Officer and president of the group. Since his appointment the company has achieved a lot of great improvements in terms of creative and innovative services and products, customer service and even profitability.


The Philanthropic Activities of Dick and Betsy DeVos

Dick DeVos’ wife Betsy DeVos has recently discussed her vision for improvements towards the educational system. She has often looked to suggest reforms for education which would entail giving parents and students a choice of educational institution. Betsy has also suggested that parents and students receive vouchers in order to fund their education. Since a number of public schools have recently failed to provide students with a better education, Betsy believes that giving people other options to take advantage will help them get more out of their educational experience. With better education, a number of students will be in position to reach their goals such as getting into top universities, better career opportunities and also enhancing their overall knowledge.


Providing more educational options is not the only thing that Dick and Betsy DeVos have looked to provide to the community. Dick has often financed scholarships for business school. With these scholarships, a number of students will have the money they need to attend and complete this educational program. Since business school is quite expensive, having a scholarship makes it much more affordable. DeVos has contributed millions of dollars towards business school scholarships to help many promising students enhance their knowledge and expertise. As a result, they will be able to improve their career prospects, reach their career goals and become the top business leaders of tomorrow.


Another one of Dick’s philanthropic activities has been with business development. DeVos annually donates funding for businesses to get the resources they need to prosper. Dick has provided funds to entrepreneurs to help start up their businesses and make their dreams a reality. Along with helping startup entrepreneurs, DeVos has also helped a number of experienced business owners acquire resources such as real estate and equipment to expand their operations. The contributions made towards business development have also provided continuing education and training for entrepreneurs in order to help them gain more knowledge and expertise in business.


Along with funding education and business development, Dick DeVos has also contributed to causes pertaining to the performing arts. He has provided millions of dollars to help expand arts events for the organizations that hold them. This has led to offering more things for attendees to enjoy on a regular basis. These contributions have also helped a number of arts organization managers become better at operating their respective organizations. With the philanthropic contributions of Dick DeVos, these organizations are able to provide arts contests for a number of artists to receive recognition for their accomplishments.



George Soros Open Society Foundations Attacked? James O’Keefe Guilty!

So it’s been James O’Keefe all this while! Raw Story, an online media house reported that James O’Keefe committed a scandalous act to terrorize the OSF (Open Society Foundations). The organization formed by the billionaire philanthropist and champion investor, George Soros has been receiving numerous prank calls. Finally, Dana Geraghty, a program specialist of the said group brought attention to a suspicious voicemail left by the supposed perpetrator. The caller identified himself as “Victor Kesh,” which has been a mystery before now. While O’Keefe supposedly succeeded in masking his identity initially, Soros’ OSF team named him as the perpetrator.

As reported by the New Yorker, O’Keefe forgot to disconnect the prank call made to the OSF properly. He’s been infiltrating the group’s campaign for a while now. O’Keefe assumed the identity “Victor Kesh,” a concerned Hungarian-American for the “European values.” Moments after ending the conversation with OSF operations program specialist, Dana Geraghty, O’keefe revealed his plans to derail the group’s crusade. Unfortunately, his plans have failed since he unknowingly blew his cover. Geraghty reported the issue to Chris Stone, OSF’s who found the idea humorous. Obviously, the men lacked technological disciplines that exposed their inferiority. Certainly, they’re no cyber criminals.
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George Soros formed the OSF and began a series of philanthropic endeavors back in 1979. Currently, he assumes the position of chairman. Some of the foundation’s notable projects included infiltrating communist activities and cultural exchange throughout Eastern Europe during the 1980s. In South Africa, Soros funded student scholarships when racial prejudice towards blacks consumed the region. Soros’ Open Society Foundations operates in 100+ countries. George Soros has an association with some of the world’s leading libertarian organizations, including the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Global Witness, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the International Crisis Group.

George Soros played a pivotal role in emancipating the Roma society of Europe. The OSF funded education initiatives and aided refugees fleeing regions consumed by political strife, terrorism, etc. His recent NYBooks article on European economic and social afflictions touched on some interesting points. Soros named five crises that continue to plunge EU nations deeper into chaos. The impending decision to denounce the British referendum, bring order to migration issues, euro currency revaluation and Greece rising debt.   Lastly, an external threat involving the Ukraine and Russia continues to gain momentum as disintegration worsens. Soros has devised a recourse to address each issue individually.

The OSF operation throughout Europe has faced some setback recently since Russia levied a ban against the movement. According to a CNBC report, George Soros strongly opposes the interpretation of his two charities the OSI and OSF activities threatening Russia constitution. Soros formed the Open Society Foundations to support countries oppressed by communism, to rise above the circumstances and reclaim freedom. This global initiative funds various projects focused on strengthening the forces of democracy. Soros op-ed submissions focused on economics, politics and society have received positive feedback from the public domain. In addition, he’s a published author of several books.