Dr. Mark McKenna: Dedicated Husband, Father, Medical Professional and Entrepreneur

Dr. Mark McKenna, the founder and CEO of OVME, is a surgeon and medical doctor licensed in Florida and Georgia. The New Orleans, Louisiana native earned his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School. After graduating, he joined his father in a medical practice. Dr. McKenna also started a real estate development firm called McKenna Venture Investments. Over the next few years, he also added Uptown Title and Universal Mortgage Lending. His companies offered financing, design-build as well as real estate closing services and employed more than 50 people.

Hurricane Katrina severely damaged his companies in 2005. Dr. McKenna helped with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans by doing low-moderate income housing redevelopment. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007 and founded the wellness and aesthetics medical practice ShapeMed. In 2014 he sold the company to Life Time Fitness, and served as their medical director until 2016. In July the next year, Dr. McKenna founded OVME, a technology enabled consumer-facing medical aesthetics company. It was a business concept he developed based on his over 10 years of experience in the industry.

Dr. McKenna is an Entrepreneurs Organization member, dedicated community servant and passionate patient advocate. A husband and father of a beautiful daughter, even though he usually spends many hours a day working, he always has breakfast and dinner with his family and makes time for meditation and Jiu Jitsu training. They help Dr. McKenna to develop his mind, body and spirit and better enjoy life.

A voracious reader, Dr. McKenna recommends people check out Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich. He incorporates some of its creative visualization and active goal setting techniques to bring his ideas to life. Part of his strategy for success is surrounding himself with people that are smarter than he is. He draws inspiration from people like Michael Bloomberg, Elon Musk and Barack Obama.

Looking back, Dr. McKenna wishes he had found an area he was passionate about earlier in life. He’s concerned that by rushing he’s missed out on some important things. So now he regularly reminds himself that ‘Speed without direction is useless’.

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Dick Devos’s methods for applying business principles to public education

While most Americans would know Dick Devos a successful CEO based in Michigan, his philanthropy and passion projects had taken him in a completely different direction. After having opened his first public charter school in 2010 he has remained a staunch Advocate and philanthropist supporting education efforts around the country.

 

He and his wife have been strong supporters of public charter schools and vouchers for education. It is his belief that smaller schools can provide personalized learning and unique opportunities. He sought to prove this fact by opening the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the country’s first completely for tuition-free aviation school.

 

While many critics accuse Dick Devos of using personal funds to bolster a false success, public finance documents for the school tell a completely different story. It is a priority for him to only use public songs that would only be available to any school of the same attendance, it wouldn’t be nearly as much to see success with outside funding.

 

Thanks to the same documents we can see just how fiscally responsible the school is. Not only the school run officially like a business, it is operated with the top down guidance of someone with years CEO level experience.

 

Most notably, the school hires a large number of staff members who specialize in each and every field at the school teaches. Successful businesses do not run entirely on the thoughts of a single person; every CEO has a board of directors at various levels of management below him.

 

Much like our business has department managers, this school has separate deans, one for student life, one for aviation, and one for academic and student services. This approach with multiple managers difference from a standard school that only has one principal. With multiple people of equivalent authority on staff, only the best ideas are promoted; you never ever a circumstance where a principal has a personal belief in something that trumps all the conventional wisdom brought forth by his subordinates. This level of management is important even though there are only 500 students in the school, it is simply worth the expense to hire them for their management expertise.

 

This is just one way that Dick Devos has used his business management expertise to bring the country its first completely public, tuition-free aviation school. He understands the value of management and is well aware of his limitations as a manager. Because he surrounds himself with other brilliant people with great ideas his school is able to a greater degree of success than the average public school, all while offering a unique curriculum.

 

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American Institute Of Architects Educates The Public About FOBA

When one thinks about architecture, they usually think of grand, historical buildings that garner a lot of visitors and tourism for their respective communities. However, the American Institute of Architects realizes that not everything an architect comes up with is massive in scale. The smaller items are usually called Functional Objects by Architects (FOBA) and the American Institute of Architects had them proudly on display on the third floor in the Chicago Market section of the Chicago Design Museum from September 7th to September 28th of this year.

Many well-known architects were showcased, including notable names such as Bita Zenouz, Adrian Smith, Cheryl Noel, Chris Emens, Craig Cernek, Emily Handley, and Julia Mosqueda among many others. Of course, all of this begs just one question: just what is a FOBA (Functional Object by Architect) anyway?

Basically, a FOBA is a project that is smaller in scale, tactile, and functions in utility. A FOBA project features items that you can move around, decorate, and change much easier that a large-scale project such as the face of a building. The main thing about a FOBA is that it must be aesthetically pleasing. A FOBA can consist of a group of literally anything. It could be furniture, knick knacks, or even wall hangings.

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This, in a nutshell, has always been the mission of the American Institute of Architects. They are dedicated to showing the layman that architecture is not just relegated to the external facade of a building. Architecture is also concerned with the inside of a structure as well, and there are many architects who have had lengthy careers simply by designing the interior of a space.

The American Institute of Architects is located in Chicago and is the largest professional chapter of architects in the United States. The organization focuses on providing advocacy for all of their member architects and are fully vested in educating the public on how architects can bring change to the community simply through the power of their designs.

Those who become AIA members instantly expand their support to include over 80,000 colleagues across the nation. They are able to utilize these contacts for support and to help them find appropriate project that showcase their unique skills. The AIA works tirelessly showcasing projects such as the FOBA showcase in order to bring the creative work of their architects to the forefront. By doing so, they demonstrate that architects are dedicated professionals that make the world that much better.

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Robert Ivy One Of The World’s Most Renowned Architects

Robert Ivy is currently the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Robert was appointed to the position in 2011.Ivy in 1996 also became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Journal which is an architectural journal.

As the Editor, Ivy helped the Journal grow to become one of the world’s most widely read architectural Journal. Ivy has also served as the Vice President and Editorial Director of the McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Ivy has also worked as a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and has been a critic for many national publications.

Ivy in his long career history has accomplished a lot and won many accolades. Among Ivy, Achievements include the Premier Magazine Journalism Award which the architectural record journal won under his guidance. Other awards the architectural record Journal has won, and his leadership includes the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award, Jesse H. Neal Awards, Ozzies: Folio Design Awards and the MPA Digital Award which Architectural Record won in the category of Website of the year: Enthusiast. Moreover, Ivy as an individual received the Crain Award in 2009 which is an American Business Media highest award for an individual. Ivy in 1988 received the McGraw-Hill Award for being the best manager. Ivy is also a member of the Design Futures Council Senior Fellow. Ivy was also selected to be on a jury panel that selected architect Frank Gehry to be the designer of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

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In March 2010 Ivy was unanimously voted as a Master Architect by the National Architecture fraternity for being an active communicator on the value of design. The Master of Architect Award is one of the most outstanding awards that any architect could ever dream off and has been previously won by iconic architects such as Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker who was the first architecture graduate from an American school. Others are Eliel Saarinen, John Welborn Root, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Cass Gilbert, Richard Buckminster Fuller and I.M. Pei. The award has only recognized seven architects so far in a 100-year history, and Ivy is the only 21st-century architect to make it to the list.

Ivy has contributed a lot in the field of architecture, and among his contributions, he has written many publications such as the Robert Ivy’s biography which was published in 2001 and was titled, Fay Jones. The publication is now in the third edition and is a showcase of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice architect.

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