The Man With The Midas Touch

Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. Currently, he owns a $7 billion dollar fortune thanks to the smart investments and accurate anticipations that have defined his career. Whatever Lefkofsky touches seems to turn into gold. Now, he has his sights set on fighting a much bigger foe than he has ever fought in the past. Lefkofsky wants to take on cancer and finally take down the disease once and for all. It’s a loft goal but Lefkofsky has a history of beating the odds



Taking On Cancer

His latest tech startup, Tempus, ha sits eyes set on changing the way doctors fight cancer. Today, doctors fight cancer using broad strokes and methods with a “one size fits all” approach. Tempus shakes things up by offering something more personalized cancer therapy solutions designed for each patient specifically. One patient might handle immunotherapy better than another and there treatments are specifically tailored to address that. The patient who can’t handle that therapy too well will receive an alternative designed for their specific genome sequence.



The Future Of Medicine

The work done at Tempus is essentially creating the future of medicine. Personalized care was once thought of as a sort of fantasy with no real bearing on reality. Today, we can clearly see examples of it around us with Tempus providing only the more recent one. Currently, personalized medicine is largely confined to genomic sequencing and trying to predict the possible results of different forms of treatment based upon that. In the future we’ll see much more available. The first seeds are already in the ground and it’s only a matter of time before saplings emerge.



About Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Since his graduation he has spent his career investing in or co-founding some of the most important startups there are. He has worked on everything from Lightbank to Groupon. Beyond his work as an entrepreneur he is also a philanthropist who uses his wealth to better the world for others.

Achievements of Andy Wirth

The ski area is one of the top tourist destinations globally, and this is due to the tireless work of Andy Wirth. He is the chief operating officer of squaw ski holdings; his achievement has been made possible by the fact that he has a passion for environment and visions to improve it. The environment is part and parcel of human habitation, improving it is service to the community and makes it a better place to stay for both the young and old. A skydiving accident that nearly became fatal is one of the primary motivators to Andy Wirth that ultimately made him start the Ironman team that is called the wounded warrior support. The organization honors the hard work and sacrifice of the Navy seals while at the same time raises funds for the navy seals foundation. The organization recognizes the importance of the navy seals as the major player in the global security that creates a healthy environment for economic growth, development, and prosperity. The core function of the corporation is to help and support the operation of the members of the team and their families even after they have returned home.

At its core, the organization facilitates the operation of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and increasing air service in the area as part and parcel of tourism. RASC has announced that the elected chairman is Andy Wirth, the president and the CEO of Squaw Valley ski holdings that founded Squaw Valley and the Alpine meadow resorts. The primary function of the organization of to foster the improvement of the air service in the region and ultimately increasing the quality of service to tourists in the area. Andy Wirth feels honored to serve as the chairman of the corporation; he recognizes that there is a favorable environment for economic growth and development in Reno-sparks area and Lake Tahoe. Andy Wirth is recognized for the lobbying for the expansion of airport and improvement of the air service. One his most recent central role is establishing air service to Reno-Tahoe International Airport with the JetBlue service from the JFK Airport.

James Dondero, Dallas giving expert

James Dondero may be many things, but he is most of all a giver. He is also founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management, where he oversees many philanthropic projects.

Dondero’s famous local vision works nicely with The Dallas Foundation, and they have given a name to their joint venture, calling it The Highland Dallas Foundation, which is focused on giving locally, and wants to create in Dallas a better place to live and work for all.

James Dondero has local connections to places as diverse as The Dallas Zoo and The George Bush Presidential Library, where he has been giving for years. His expertise in these areas combines with The Dallas Foundation’s knowing how to make a good gift go a long way, and to them having the funds to do so.

So, next time you’re in Dallas, look for these names, and keep in mind that James Dondero and Highland Capital Management are both names that have made Dallas proud. For local readers, you can find evidence of their influence around the city, and in many ways they contribute to the wealth of what Dallas has to offer those who live and work in its greater metro area.

The possibilities for philanthropy are endless, and these folks are making it the best it can possibly be for the nearly foreseeable future.