Brazil’s Popular Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Center

Roberto Santiago is the founder and owner of both the Manaira Shopping and the Mangeira Shopping Mall located in the heart of Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. The astute businessman and entrepreneur was born on July 16, 1958 in Joao Pessoa. He studied at the Pio X-Marist College in Brazil and received his master’s degree, he later received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University Center of Joao Pessoa. Roberto Santiago always dreamed of buying a large plot of land so he could develop a lively place for his hometown. When the Manaira Shopping Mall his envisioned was finally finished in 1989, the economic aspects and social activities of the city of Joao Pessoa was boosted to a great extent.

 

It took two years for Roberto’s shopping center to be fully constructed. He believes that the shopping center must always adapt with the times to stay relevant and successful, so with that thought kept in mind, he is always open for future expansions. During the early 90s, the Manaira Shopping Mall used to have the largest jewelry base in the whole country. The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall itself currently has a base with an area that is well over 135,000 square meters. The parking lot boasts of a space that can hold up to 3,200 vehicles.

 

The location of the Manaira Shopping Mall is perfect, it overlooks the beautiful Jacare Beach that is very popular for their exquisite sunsets. The mall is jam-packed all of the essential and more. It has 11 movie theaters, three innovative 3D theaters where the audience can interact with the technology, an electric bowling alley, huge kid zones, spas, salons, gardens and gaming areas. The theme of the popular food court is all about gourmet cuisines from around the world. This food court attracts thousands of tourist from all over each year, the Capital Steak House is among one of their favorites to dine at. Back in 2009, the Manaira Shopping Mall introduced a huge concert hall named the Domus Hall. This new addition was located on the rooftop and has the capacity of about 8,000 people. It has full air conditioning and it is both a favorite for local and international performance artists and musicians alike.

 

WHO ARE DICK AND BETSY DEVOS?

Dick DeVos was CEO of Amway Corporation, co-founded by his father, from 1993 to 2002. He is currently CEO of his own firm, The Windquest Group, a holding company for several businesses.

 

Politics

 

In 1991, Dick Devos lobbied against building a sports/convention facility on Grand Rapids’ north side.

 

Business leaders joined DeVos to woo Southwest Airlines into offering service from Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. This campaign is credited with lower fares and expanded passenger service.

 

Known for its labor unions, Devos introduced a 2012 law converting Michigan to a right-to-work state.

 

Organizations

 

The DeVoses are Republican mega-donors who support conservative GOP causes.

 

Dick formed Grand Action with area business leaders. This group was responsible for construction of five major projects in Grand Rapids that have been credited with changing the skyline.

 

Betsy DeVos, the leading lady of education in Grand Rapids, is now U.S. Secretary of Education. Her influence founded a school choice advocacy organization and political action committee known as the Great Lakes Education Project.

 

Betsy’s political influence brought about major changes in state laws affecting education and labor.

 

Education

 

In 2010 DeVos was instrumental in starting an aviation high school called Michigan Aviation Academy, at Grand Rapids International Airport. From 2010 to 2014, the DeVos Family Foundation contributed $7 million dollars to the Academy, including a $3 million no-interest loan to remodel the Academy facilities. The Academy has grown from 80 to 600 students from seven different countries.

 

Betsy works tirelessly to see that the same educational opportunities are available for poor and rich families alike.

 

The DeVoses have successfully brought about private school voucher programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

 

When President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos to her current position as U.S. Secretary of Education, he cited the school choice advocacy program as one reason for her appointment.

 

Betsy believes we don’t need bigger government; we need local control. Parents should have a say and be given more choices.

 

Philanthropy

 

From 1989 to 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $138.7 million to leadership programs, arts and culture, health and human services, churches, policy initiatives centered on educational reform, and scholarships for private schools.

 

In 2006, the DeVos family made a $12.5 million-dollar donation to construct a children’s hospital named after Dick’s mother, Helen DeVos.

 

Committees

 

Dick DeVos is licensed to fly single engine aircraft, jets, and helicopters, and is a current member of the FAA Management Advisory Council.

 

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