One on one with the man at the helm of Ascendant Capital Investment; Jeffrey Schneider

Jeffrey has been at the helm of Ascendant Capital LLC since he founded it. His company deals with alternative investment types and has grown from a few investors and employees to more than thirty employees. The company has raised more than a billion dollars under his watch and is expanding into one of the best firms in the world of investing. Here are a few of the thoughts that Jeffrey has shared about creating a suitable work place for the employees.

Over the past few years, the focus of many businesses has been shifting from just delivering excellent services to also making sure that the employees enjoy working at the office. This has led to measures such as the elimination of the cubicles that used to isolate the employees and better designed offices are on their way in. Jeffrey says that to achieve a happier office space, the following steps should be taken.

The first if to make sure there is a lot of movement. He states that at any given time, 5 percent of the employees are moving and the rest are seated. When there is more visibility in the office, people will move more and become more creative. He states that humans are naturally social creatures, and that when they are confined in cubicles, they start having a prison mentality about the workplace.

The second measure that is recommended is making space for interpersonal interactions and collaborations within the workplace. There is nothing that fosters workplace creativity more than people having a chance to access one another and interact as they work. The freedom has been shown to be directly related to more work place productivity.

Another step that he recommends is offering office spaces that are quiet. He states that when there is too much going on at the work place, then external interferences are added, the place becomes too chaotic for productivity.

The other recommendation that he makes is that one should create a workplace that is focused towards interacting with the people. He states that when you engage your staff more, they feel that sense of belonging and that the simple act of talking to them can lower employee turnover. It is from these interactions also that you will get insights into the issues that could be affecting the employees and the possible practical solutions to the same issues. The closer you are to your workers, the more productive they will be.

Jeffrey is very passionate about the world of investing. When he is not working, he shares his wisdom about the business, workplace ethics and other related topics. He is a part of the Wonders and Worries charity and the Cherokee foundation for children. He live in Texas.

Michigan Based Benefactor DeVos Gives Big to the Kennedy Center for Perfoming Arts

The John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has recently exceeded its expectations in terms of reaching its fundraising goals. Instead of ending its fundraising campaign it has decided to increase its expectation to 50 million dollars. Recently it has been able to make over $135 million for its project which is the construction of a pavilion and a bridge along with educational, rehearsal spaces, offices and dining areas. Since 2013 the organization has ran its campaign with the intention to raise 125 million dollars where $100 million would be used for expansion $25 million for organizing programs.

Like a number of other charitable organizations, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has had a number of donors. These donors are among the wealthiest and most prominent individuals around. The donors for this organization and its projects include David Rubenstein, Boeing Company, Jacqueline Mars, Stephen and Christine Shwarzman, the David Bohnett Foundation and also the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. All of these donors believe in the causes and accommodations offered by the organization and therefore are very motivated to provide funding to keep it going. 

As stated earlier one of the top donors of this organization is Dick and Betsy DeVos. Dick DeVos is a current entrepreneur and businessman from Michigan. He is the son of Richard DeVos who was the co founder of Amway. From 1993-2002, DeVos served as the chief executive officer of the company before leaving to pursue his own business. DeVos would run for governor of Michigan in 2006 but lost that election. According to Forbes magazine he is the 67th richest person in the United States and is worth approximately 5.1 billion dollars. 

Over the years, DeVos has participated in a number of other business ventures which included ownership of the professional basketball team the NBA’s Orlando Magic and also the investment company known as The Windquest Group. As well as being involved in a number of business ventures, he and his wife Betsy are also well known philanthropists. They have donated lots of money to a number of charitable causes. These causes include civic leadership, scholarships and also the arts. With these charitable activities, Dick DeVos is able to help improve his community and help make it a better place to be a part of which compliments his business success.