Eric Pulier: A Great American Mind

Combining business savvy, technical genius, and a keen artistic mind, Eric Pulier has lived quite the full life. Born to a tech enthusiast parent during the late 1960s in Teaneck, New Jersey, he was introduced to computers at an early age. By the time he was in the fourth grade, he’d already begun programming them himself; a scant few years later, by the time he finished high school, Pulier had begun his own database computer company.

In addition to his love of technology, Pulier had a love for literature that led to him majoring in English and American literature at Harvard while also working at the nearby MIT Media Lab. Ultimately, he graduated magna cum laude in 1988, and he immediately set to work making his dreams of merging the artistic and technical capabilities of computers come true.

After briefly working on Wall Street, Pulier moved to Los Angeles and worked tirelessly to accomplish his goals. He founded People Doing Things, a foundation that brought together brilliant minds from various fields to focus on solutions to the world’s problems through the use of technology. Soon after, he founded Digital Evolution, an interactive agency that worked with such companies as Microsoft and Disney. Since then, he’s founded many more successful companies, including projects like Starbright World, a private social network for chronically ill children.

After working so well in the private sector, it was only natural that Pulier eventually branched out into government work. Having been impressed with Digital Evolution’s work during the Inaugural Technology Exhibition to celebrate Bill Clinton’s second term, he was chosen to head Al Gore’s health care and technology forum. Since then, he’s worked closely with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Today, Eric Pulier lives in Los Angeles, where he has an active part in the lives of his four children. He’s dedicated himself to philanthropy and attempting to improve peoples’ lives, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for charities around the world and contributing his own vast fortunes to causes like the ACE Foundation, the Campaign for Free College Tuition, the XPRIZE Foundation, and the Painted Turtle.

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Andy Wirth Committed to Helping Local Traffic While Still Expanding Resort

Andy Wirth’s long-term goal for Squaw Valley is to make it one of the most popular resort destinations in the world for skiing enthusiasts. One of the steps that he thinks the resort needs to take is the planned expansion that they are proposing.

The company has had to go through a series of meetings with some opposition in order to keep their plan moving. One of the main reasons that the expansion is being opposed is the fear that it will greatly exacerbate the already existing traffic congestion problem that exists around Lake Tahoe.

The most recent meeting with the Placer County Planning Commission went very well for the resort. After considering the company’s plans, they decided to give a thumbs up to the project to move it to the next phase of approval.

This next phase is a meeting with the Placer Country Board of Executives. This should be the final approval that Squaw Valley Holdings needs in order to move ahead with the expansion plans.

The main group that is opposing the expansion is the League to Save Lake Tahoe. The league says that traffic is already an issue in the area. Wirth agrees, he doesn’t like the traffic as it is but doesn’t think that the expansion of his resort will add to that problem. He says that problem of traffic around Lake Tahoe will exist whether he expands or not.  Read more: Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser

According to Powder, Andy Wirth has gone as far to make some proposals that could help appease those that oppose his company’s plan. He says that the resort company will do everything they can to help ease the traffic flow around their resort. They will also work with the county to develop a more effective mass transit system for the residents of the area and tourists.

Representatives from the League to Save Lake Tahoe say that they would like to see this plan in writing and are concerned that this expansion could affect further expansion by other entities in the area.

Andy Wirth can back his claim that he cares about the local environment. He has worked in philanthropic roles in the community dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the area as much as anyone else that lives there. He knows how important it is to the success of his ski resort as well.

He has been the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort since he took the job in 2010. He has over 25 years in the ski resort industry. Most of them were spent working in Steamboat Springs, CO. He is the first CEO of the Squaw Valley Resort in 70 years to not be a member of the Cushing family.

Dick DeVos Provides A Glimpse Into How To Be A Good Business leader And Philanthropist

We all look for business and community leaders to follow in the footsteps of or to inspire our children with, and luckily for me I decided to look into the life of Dick DeVos to inspire myself and my family. Dick DeVos embarked upon his business career after his father, who founded the AmWay Group, decided a grounded education in the Michigan public school system was the best option for his son; DeVos initially entered the AmWay Group before developing his own Windquest Holdings investment group, which he still operates and acts as President. DeVos returned to the family with the purchase of the Florida based NBA franchise, the Orlando magic, which he remains a member of the Board of Governors for. I enjoyed discovering more about the return of Dick to the AmWay Group in 1993 as the President of the company, a position DeVos held until 2003 when the company was described as reaching over $4.5 billion in global sales. Since leaving the AmWay group I was pleased to see Windquest Holdings has gone from strength to strength with environmentally conscious investments like the Green Machine.

Dick Devos has taken community leadership to new levels with his continued attempts to help the people of the U.S. and the world as a whole. I was pleased to discover Dick deVos serves on the board of the Grand Action Plan group that has proven a success in developing a range of options for improving the lives of people in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alongside the impressive community links Dick DeVos has developed I enjoyed learning about the philanthropy of Dick DeVos, which often revolves around the work Dick and Betsy DeVos have undertaken in the education sector across the U.S. I recently read about the success the DeVos family have seen in providing scholarships for disadvantaged students through his role on the board of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. DeVos has also impressed me with his leadership role on the board of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a charter school he has been involved with since it was founded.