Civil Rights And Social Reform Become Important To George Soros’ Open Society Foundations

The life of George Soros has included a series of times when the man now estimated by Forbes to be worth over $25 billion was struggling to survive as he lived under the rule of Nazi forces and the Soviet dictatorship that ruled his native Hungary from 1943 onward. Born into a Jewish family living in Hungary, the Soros family changed their name and obtained papers hiding their Jewish backgrounds in a plan that allowed the family to avoid becoming some of the more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews killed during World War II; only after the Nazi occupation was over and the restrictive human rights of Soviet rule had taken over did Soros set out to journey to London as a refugee and start his studies at the London School, of Economics, according to the Open Society Foundations.

After completing his studies at the London School of Economics, George Soros set out to develop his financial career as an investment specialist who would make his name and fortune as the head of his own hedge fund established with just $12 million, which now has estimated assets under its management of over $30 billion. Since 1979, George Soros has sought to develop his philanthropic work with an emphasis on the creation of a fairer, more democratic society across the world; the Open Society Foundations was originally founded to aid those stranded in human rights abusing areas of Soviet era Europe where institutions were restricted from teaching about freedom of speech and democratic philosophical theories. The protection of the rights of the people of the world has continued for George Soros as he has set out to create a fairer nation in the U.S., where the New York-based hedge fund manager has become one of the most important protectors of the human rights of minority groups. Read his profile at Business Insider.

During the Ferguson protests, George Soros and the Open Society Foundations became the focus of much media attention because of the role played in the advancement of the cause of social reform played by the founder of Soros Fund Management. After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a number of important groups came together to form the “Hands Up Coalition”, the majority of which are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Among these are the Dream Defenders, Organization for Black Struggle, and the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment; in total, The Washington Times reports the Open Society Foundations has backed Ferguson protest groups to the tune of $33 million provided for groups seeking to protect human rights and create a fairer form of social justice across the U.S. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.

Troy McQuagge, 2016 CEO of the Year

Troy McQuagge grew up at Panama City in Florida but currently resides in Texas, the town of Coppell. Troy graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1983 with a degree in B.A and started his career at The Allstate Insurance Company the same year. In 1995, Troy became a part of the Student Insurance Division of United Insurance Companies (UICI). Two years down the line, he was appointed the president of UICI’s Insurance Agency.

 

Under the directive of Troy, UICI’s Insurance Agency (UGA) witnessed groundbreaking annual sales records. In 2006, UICI fell in the hands of private equity investors, and it became known as HealthMarkets. Troy was given the responsibility of heading all the sales and marketing activities within the self-employed group of the firm.

 

In 2007, he rose to the presidency of the company, and for the first time, the company attained annual premium sales in excess of one billion dollars. This success did not go unnoticed as the HealthMarket’s Agency Marketing Group received recognition of the Insurance Sales Organisation of the Year by Stevie Awards and Selling Power Magazine. Troy boasts of more than 30 years of experience in different sales related positions.

Today, Troy McQuagge serves as the president and the chief executive officer of USHEALTH Group. He joined the company in 2010 and immediately began working towards bringing a turnaround. The very first thing that Troy did was to rebuild its captive distribution agency – USHEALTH Advisors. His success in the Advisors’ re-tooling earned him the position of the President and CEO at the Group in 2014. He has helped the company record revolutionary success, expansion, as well as profitability in the highly competitive market for individual health insurance.

 

In 2016, Troy McQuagge was named the Gold winner in the CEO of the Year category in the One Planet Awards. The craved One Planet Awards is aimed at honoring both professional and business excellence in all the industries across the globe. Companies (including start-ups, private and public, as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations) from all over the world may forward their nominations for the global premier Planet One Awards. A Press Release dated 10th January 2017 offers more information about this prestigious awards.