Category Archives: Philanthropy

Kisling, Nestico & Redick Provide Charitable Donations In the State of Ohio

Kisling, Nestico & Redick provides the people of Ohio with superb personal injury representation. They are headquartered in Akron, Ohio and have 10 other offices throughout the Buckeye state. Their offices are staffed by 37 well-educated lawyers and 130 support staff. KNR formed in 2005 with the goal of providing personal injury representation to regular people and protecting them from being taking advantage of by large corporations.

Aside from providing personal injury representation, Kisling, Nestico & Redick are active in philanthropic efforts throughout the state of Ohio. They have a program called the KNR Cares About Kids initiative which helps provide meals to starving kids in the state of Ohio. Through the program, they donated $1,200 worth of food to Greenbriar Middle School and raised $25,000 for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Back in February, several of the staff from Kisling, Nestico & Redick participated in Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club Polar Bear Jump. They took a plunge into frigid Ohio waters and helped raise $25,000 dollars for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. 1 in 5 kids in the Akron-Canton region are considered starving and $1 dollar provides four meals. Thanks to KNR’s generous donation the food bank is able to provide 100,000 meals to starving children in the area. In total, the Portage Lakes Polar Bear club raised $150,000 for the food bank which provided 600,000 meals to children in the area.

During Spring Break, KNR donated $1,200 worth of nutritious food to Greenbriar Middle School in Parma, Ohio. Over 50% of Greenbriar students are on a reduced or free lunch meal plan. This means when students are off from school, providing lunch becomes an extra financial hardship for many families. KNR’s donation of mac and cheese, bread, peanut butter, and fruit helps relieve some of that hardship.

Kisling, Nestico & Redick will continue to help people both in and out of the courtroom. They are always looking for ways to make the world a better place.

Dick DeVos: revamping Michigan

Have you seen the news in Washington? Dick DeVos is one of the most well known businessman in America thanks to his work with Amway and putting his hometown of Grand Rapids on the map. In the early 1990s, DeVos was working for Amway as the vice president, and he improved global sales in record-breaking numbers. That type of prestige has followed him into every opportunity, even as he left his father’s company to do something for Grand Rapids.

 

At the time, there were hardly businesses remaining profitable in downtown Grand Rapids. Many business owners were complaining about a lack of traffic through downtown Grand Rapids, and it was clear that more businesses and entertainment needed to be placed near the central business district. DeVos had a plan. He brought all the leaders together and formed a committee known as Grand Action. In short time, the committee was able to get several buildings into downtown as well as a sports arena.

 

The DeVos Place Convention Center was key. DeVos wanted to put Grand Rapids on the map along with other business convention destinations. He wanted to turn Grand Rapids into a Denver, St. Louis, or Orlando location, where businesses could go for conferences and conventions. While it started by building the convention center in downtown, he turned his eye to the airport and started working with the CEO.

 

Together, they would bring in new flights through AirTran Airways. The CEO agreed to open more flights after one phone call with Dick DeVos, who showed him the strategy for bringing in more people and increasing ticket sales. DeVos had been right. In just two decades, the traffic through the airport has increased incredibly, up to 3.26 million passengers in 2018 alone. It’s also been named America’s top business airport.

 

How did all of this happen for a little airport with no traffic? DeVos made sure to bring in airlines and business travelers through his plan, ultimately creating a need for expansion. This led to a $45 million budget for the Gateway Transformation project, which just completed phase one in 2018. It will begin its next phase in 2019, which will update security and convenience technology throughout the airport.

 

Other airports are learning to do the same thing. They want to work with airlines and create more opportunities, bringing in more business travelers through incentives and great technology. However, it will take time to get all of these policies and regulations in place. This is why the FAA has turned to its new council for help. DeVos will work with the council for another two years.

 

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