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From Yoga Studio to Nightclub: Kate Hudson Designs With Every Woman in Mind

Actress and co-founder Kate Hudson has been making headlines with Facebook’s Fabletics page, an activewear line designed to bridge the gap between luxury and accessibility. Launched in 2013, the Fabletics missions is simple: to offer stylish and high quality gear at a price that includes all women and lifestyle needs.
In a recent chat with and in, handle Hudson opened up about the debut of her new line of athleisure dresses, as well as swimwear, for Fabletics. Taking her passion for attractive activewear to the next level, Hudson tells Marie Claire, “We’re taking the active girl, taking her out on the town, and keeping her casual!” Using the same trademark high performance materials, the dresses are designed to offer comfort and mobility, as well as a flattering silhouette, to standard nightlife attire. A few of the dresses, such as the Tropez dress, have built-in bras, adding further ease and support. “High fashion companies like Alaia and Hervé Leger also make dresses that suck you in,” Hudson says,”and that’s basically what we’re doing with these—at a price that’s more affordable.”

The new line of Fabletics swimwear is also intended to offer sturdy and stylish support for the performance focused, with pieces such as the Raquel bikini top and Halah Maillot cut out one-piece designed for beach loungers and yoga enthusiasts alike. “We want people to feel like they’re protected in our clothes without compromising a little bit of sexiness and femininity,” Hudson says.

That refusal to compromise quality for the sake of cost has no doubt contributed to the steadily growing Youtube brand loyalty, and Hudson praises the company’s model for allowing them to create athleisure high fashion at an affordable price. On the Fabletics website Hudson encourages women to lead healthy and active lives, and reiterates to Marie Claire that “our company’s really about motivating people to get on board and be healthy (and fit!). So it’s important for us to be able to reach a broader spectrum of people.”

Dick DeVos: Maintaining Bonds and Strengthening Ties

Dick DeVos has thrown his support behind Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. With the departure of former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, from the race for the Republican nomination, Sen. Rubio seemed to be the best choice for Mr. DeVos to endorse, as he and his family have been a part of the Florida community for many years. While Michigan is home to the DeVos family the Orlando Magic basketball team are also part of their family and they maintain homes in the Vero Beach, Florida area.

Mr. DeVos’s endorsement of Marco Rubio is a continuation of their relationship going back to the mid-2000s when they met while trying to open the way for a larger school choice for people. While he waited to give his endorsement, Mr. DeVos felt that Marco Rubio was the right choice, and this seems to fall in line with the families philanthropic principles as shown by their most recent reports of giving.
According to an article in Michigan Live, the DeVos family, including patriarch Richard Devos & wife, as well as Dick’s brothers, having given a lifetime total of $1.2 billion not including their political donation. More recent totals include $94 million for the year 2014 and close to $91 million for 2013. The article states that “In total, the DeVoses donated $90.9 million in 2013, with 48 percent going to education, 27 percent to health and community services, 13 percent to churches or faith-based organizations, and 12 percent to arts and culture.”   Dick weighs in on the House of Cards episode here in an exclusive interview to tell his portion of the happenings.
With his support of Marco Rubio for President, Dick DeVos has continued a tradition of leadership that he has continued to show throughout his lifetime. From helping the family business, Amway, in its humble beginnings in his childhood basement, to diving head first into the thick of things for the company when most young men would be enjoying the first years of college, to becoming a vice-president at 29 with a responsibility that covered 18 countries as this Amway heir has done, Dick has had an impressive career. He was even offered the position of ambassador to the Netherlands by George Bush, which he graciously declined to focus his efforts on his business at the Windquest Group and his dedication to making the state of Michigan as successful as possible.

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Learn more about Dick’s lucrative career on his LinkedIn profile.

Coriant Lands a New Customer in Asia

One of Asia’s main Internet hubs, Chief Telecom, recently selected Coriant as the provider to increase Chief Telecom’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) services. Chief Telecom is one of the largest providers in Taiwan.

Coriant is a leading supplier of network equipment and technologies. Its history begins in Munich Germany, in the Transmission Technology department of Siemens. Those researchers took Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and improved and transformed it into Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH). The technology continued to evolve, and by the early 2000s they created Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), which enables even greater capacity for transmission, around a terabit per second. It’s also called optical transport network (OTN).

As the technology advanced, the business structures merged and morphed. Siemens became Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks. Nokia Siemens spun Coriant off as a separate company in 2013, under the ownership of Martin Equity. Later, Martin Equity merged Coriant with Tellabs.

The CEO of Coriant is Shaygan Kheradpir, an experienced information technology business executive. He went to Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in the same subject. He was born in London, but grew up in Iran. He joined GTE Laboratories in 1987, where he helped develop network routing, and gained respect for delivering new products.

When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to create Verizon Communications, Kheradpir became president of the division for e-business. Eventually he became Verizon’s first Chief Information Officer. Under his leadership, they diversified into more services in telecommunications. In January 2014 he took over as CEO of Juniper Networks. Later, he joined Martin Equity, and in September 2015 he became Chairman and CEO of Coriant, replacing Pat Pietro.

Coriant is a provider of optical network equipment and technologies for the Backbone network, handling data, video and mobile. It has a number of international customers, including China Unicom and Telia Sonera International Carrier (TSIC). Products include Transcend SDN Solution (Software Defined Networking) and Transport Network Management System (TNMS). Their technological solutions include Universal Switching and Transport and ROADMs. They help out mobile network operators, cable MSOs and rural network operators.

Chief Telecom chose Coriant’s hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, which will help them keep up with the business demand for cloud-based services.

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