Bruce Levenson Forced To Start Court Proceedings To End Atlanta Hawks Association

When Bruce Levenson took control of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise in 2004 the team was languishing at the bottom of the standings and led the Georgia based team on a decade long resurgence that led to them entering the 2015 playoffs as the number one seed. Levenson has now embarked upon a legal case that he hopes will bring to an end the ownership issues he and his fellow former owners of the Hawks face regarding the mutual termination of the contract of former Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry; this case revolves around an insurance claim made by Levenson and his legal team after Ferry’s six year $12 million contract signed in 2012 was terminated in June 2015 just days before the sale of the franchise was announced.

The legal team of Bruce Levenson explained they believe the insurance policy of Levenson should have covered a constructive dismissal claim begun by Levenson’s team as early as April 2015 when actions and comments made by Ferry were made that should have been covered by the AIG policy. Attorney James J. Leonard explained there was no reason why the initial claim made by the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment group should not have been paid by the insurance company as an agreement had already been reached over the details of the claim.

After selling the Hawks in June 2015 to a consortium headed by technology executive and Forbes listed billionaire Tony Ressler, Bruce Levenson has spent a large amount of time looking to extend his philanthropic work. Not only have Bruce and Karen Levenson continued to provide their backing to fund a new dorm at the University of Maryland, reports benzinga.com, but they have also increased their level of involvement with the Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Anti-Defamation League.

Bruce Levenson bio: https://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_bio.jsp?lan=blevenso

Securus Technologies Challenges GTL to an Independent Assessment

Securus Technologies is a leading provider of criminal and civil justice technological solutions. These various technological solutions are designed for public safety and investigation. They are also designed corrections and monitoring.

 

Securus Technologies announced that the company has offered a challenge to its main competitor, Global Tel Link or GTL. Securus Technologies specifically challenged GTL to join that company in submitting to an independent technology judge. The purpose of the submission is determine which company has the largest and best product set as well as the most modernized high-tech telephone calling platform.

 

Other matters to examine include which company has the most capital and the most efficient platform. The examination would also include a look at the best customer service as well as some other key metrics.

 

Securus Technologies contends that GTL has made up facts regarding which of the two companies is ahead of the game in these various areas. Securus Technologies maintains that there really is no competition and Securus Technologies is leading the way in all of the areas at issue.

 

Richard A. Smith, the Chief Executive Officer os Securus Technologies, personally called for the involvement of an independent evaluation of the metrics at issue between the two companies. The CEO maintains that Securus Technologies has invested heavily in upgrading its operations. Because of this investment, Securus Technologies maintains that fairness dictates that GTL not provide false information on the state of the two enterprises.

 

In discussing the call for an independent evaluation, Smith noted that GTL is using older, less efficient, and even outdated technology. He also noted that the technology used by GTL is also less feature-rich than what is utilized across the board by Securus Technologies.

 

In addition to advances in technology, Securus Technologies has also expanded its operations through acquisitions. As a result, the company is an industry leader in a number of different areas.

 

 

Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropic Works and Advocacies through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation

Betsy and Dick DeVos, together, formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation through which they would funnel all their charitable contributions. The couple has garnered lots of attention regarding their political and charitable contributions. In a report released by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation website, the family gave out 11.6 million dollars in charitable contributions, in 2015. Their charitable contributions are twice the 5.3 million dollars donated for political purposes over the previous five years contrary to widespread allegations. In 2017, Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Trump as the new education secretary. A look into her charitable giving aims to reflect her views, beliefs and a hint on what causes she may champion as the United States’ education secretary.

According to their 2015 Foundation report, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated 400,000 dollars toward Loudspeaker Media Inc. This move was aimed to assist former CNN employee, Campbell Brown, roll out “The 74,” which is her education site. The foundation also added an inclusive 400,000 dollars to her nonprofit, The Partnership for Educational Justice. Furthermore, it contributed 150,000 dollars toward Success Academy Charter Schools. Eva Moskowitz, the schools’ founder, expressed her excitement over the donation. Another beneficiary of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is The Potter’s House, situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Christian school received 200,000 dollars. Talking to “Philanthropy Roundtable,” Betsy said that her visit to the school some years back contributed to her interest in advocating for school choice. 100,000 dollars was donated to a nonprofit Alliance for School Choice, which works with the American Federation for Children.

The foundation also supports conservative organizations; it donated 750,000 dollars to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, to which Betsy DeVos is a board member. An additional 10,000 dollars was donated to a nonprofit law firm, Institute for Justice, which financed school choice lawsuits. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. which supports conservative viewpoints in colleges was proud to receive a 6,500 dollar donation from the foundation. The University of Maryland College Park Foundation received 500,000 dollars while 150,000 dollars was given to the School of Missionary Aviation Technology. Ferris State University, situated in Michigan, was presented with a $113,500 donation. Grand Rapids Community College Foundation received 5,000 dollars while Davenport University got 55,000 dollars.

About Betsy DeVos

Elisabeth Dee “Betsy” DeVos is a Philanthropist, activist, politician and a business woman. She is America’s current Secretary of Education. Betsy is a Republican Party member and strongly advocates for charter schools, school voucher programs, school choice, and the Christian community. From 1992-1997, she served as the Republican National Committeewoman. She also served in the Michigan Republican Party as the chairwoman from 1996 to 2000. Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, former CEO of Amway Corporation and the son of Richard DeVos – a co-founder of Amway Corporation.