Nathaniel Ru: The Brain behind Sweetgreen

The frustrations and resilience of Nathaniel Ru and his two college friends led to the birth of Sweetgreen restaurants ten years ago. Unlike most graduands of Georgetown University’s business school, Ru together with Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet did not consider seeking employment an option.

The fact that all their parents were entrepreneurs cemented this idea. The lack of healthy food joints during their final year of college fueled their passion. None of them imagined that the daily calls to the landlord of the tavern space along M Street would result in 77 stores across the country.

After getting an audience, it was the last time they attended a business meeting with suits. Much of the success of this restaurant chain comes from making the most of what is in the market says Ru.

Rather than making demands to farmers, they use what the farmers of a particular area grow and create great meals from the same. Keeping an open mind as they interact with farmers has enabled them to offer a large variety of vegetables to their ever-growing clientele.

The open kitchens of their stores allow customers to get a feel for how their order is prepared. They always come back for more as they have confidence in what they get.

Sweetgreen has embraced technology to increase their productivity. According to Ru, it has helped bridge the gap between convenience and health while enhancing efficiency. Their app allows users to order meals at the comfort of their homes and exempts them from the long queues at various stores. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/sweetgreen-entrepreneurs/

Revolutionizing the fast food business is the center of their day to day activities. They continue to succeed in this by creating a great community of employees who enjoy what they do while giving the best possible services. The best talents have been brought on board to ensure that the farm-to-table salad chain remains a step ahead of its peers.

Everyone who joins their team is encouraged to bring on board their unique skills to make things happen. Family meals are organized to celebrate a new seasonal lunch. Ru believes that it is their great way of bringing people together around food.

The Sweetgreen Company is steadily becoming a lifestyle brand. The shared passion for creating things helped the three co-founders who met back in their freshman year build a solid friendship. ‘We have made this business a part of our lives,’ says Nathaniel.

He believes that working and living your best lives can happen in harmony and that you can have your passion and purpose at the same time.

Read more: Sweetgreen Founder Interview – Nathaniel Ru | Business Insider

All You Should Know About Dick Devos a Philanthropist

When it comes to money, and in particular lot of it, people will have something to say. This is the case with Dick and Betsy DeVos who have gained attention over their contribution not only to politics but also charity. Over their lifetime, they have contributed a total of $139 million. The West Michigan Couple in 2015 alone gave $11.6 million to charity. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family charity has also doubled the 5.3 million campaign donations over the past five years to fund the Republican. The couple has followed on Amway co-founder Rich DeVos who is Dick’s dad. Rich Devos and his children landed at the 24th place on Forbes as the America’s Top Givers list after donation $104 million in charity donation in the year 2015. According to Forbes, the family lifetime donation is $1.33 billion. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Dick and Betsy DeVos giving is mostly focused on education. That is because they believe that the current system is not helping in fulfilling the American Dream. He says that he aims at addressing the issue of the one-size-fits-all type of education system. He says that many teachers are working hard to do a good job, but they can so better when they have resources. Though people say that the donations to educations are to hide his political donation, Betsy DeVos maintains that the aim is to help in improving the system and ensure that children get a better quality education.

About Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos has spent his professional career working in various executive post.In 1993, he was appointed the president of the Amway where he was in charge of all the operations of the company whose offices are in 50 countries across six continents. He worked her until 2002, and under his leadership, the firm opened new markets and also tripled the international sales. He later worked at NBA Orlando Magic before joining Windques where he is now the president.

Besides being good in business, DeVos has also been a leader in a vast range of community initiatives. He is the one who started the Education Freedom Fund which gave over 4,000 scholarships to children in Michigan who were underprivileged. He has also served as both the chair and co-chair of various Grand Rapids areas downtown revitalization and the improvement of regional health care that included downtown arena of $75 million, convection center of $212 million, medical school 490 million and heart hospital $130. Also, in the year 2006, he was a candidate running for Governorship in Michigan under the Republican ticket. Other than business and doing charity work, DeVos has his hobbies like sailing where he has attained the National Championship sailor award. He is also a proficient helicopter and jet aircraft pilot. He is also a family man as he is married to the former Betsy Prince and he has seven children and five grandchildren. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.