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The Advocate and Philanthropist, Keith Mann

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Keith Mann, co-founder of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP) and current Managing Director, began working with the New York based Uncommon Schools in 2013 with the goal to build a significant platform for DSP to help students learn practical skills that will increase their ability to succeed in the future. Keith and his business held a fundraiser that pulled in over $22,000 for Uncommon Schools to sponsor student testing in the 2014-2015 school year.

Continuing this relationship, the two partnered to create a new opportunity for students. By the end of March 2016, one graduating senior from Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn, New York will become the fortunate recipient of the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. This $5,000 scholarship supports the mission of Uncommon Schools to assist low-income students attend college, graduate, “and go on to succeed professionally with their degree,” advocated Keith Mann.

Keith Mann founded Dynamics Search Partners in 2001 after becoming the Vice President of Dynamic Associates. In 2002, after identifying the hedge fund industry’s growing market as being underserved, he launched the Alternative Investment Practice within DSP, expanding in 2006 to include the private equity industry. By 2009, he declared Dynamics Search Partners as a premier executive search firm for alternative investment firms, assisting in building new platforms and hiring professionals to fit existing teams.

As a philanthropist, Keith Mann organized a mixer that raised a generous donation for the Hope and Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization funding childhood cancer research. His considerate contributions and continued advocacy for the non-profit charter management organization, Uncommon Schools, demonstrates that this entrepreneur is dedicated to helping others in business and in life.

While DSP links “clients with leading industry talent across all levels and geographies,” he personally bought lunch for the New York Police Department twice in 2015 to boost moral after some protests became violent. Mann reminds us that, “Policemen have families too and are people just like you and me behind those uniforms.”

Operation Smile and Free Dental Help From Your Donations

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Dentist all over can consult with Dr. Avi Weisfogel about sleep issues and dentistry. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is the co-founder of Healthy Heart Sleep and Owner of Dental Sleep Masters. He has been studying and working with people that are having issues with sleep. He uses dental devices and appliances to help people get a better nights sleep. Sleep apnea is one of the issues that Avi Weisfogel faces. He understands the importance of alignment and teeth guards in sleep apnea issues. Avi is responsible for the training of many dental professionals that desires to learn about sleep apnea and teeth.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is working with a non-profit agency called Operation Smile. The non-profit agency is responsible for many healthy smiles and continues to help low-income individuals receive the care they need. Payment is not expected when visiting the mobile Operation Smile unit for dental care. Most people are unable to afford to pay for visits for x-rays or cleanings. Operation Smile has been around for a long time. They are responsible for helping many infants with cleft palates. They help many children to receive the surgical procedures to close the palates and to repair issues with the roof of the mouth. Operation smile is in need of assistance and Avi Weisfogel is launching a GoFundMe page to help collect funds for this worthy cause.

People on the street are not thinking about going to the dentist when they have no food to eat or warm place to lay their heads. These people still need dental care to protect them from infections and pain. Without organizations such as Operation Smile, people like the lower income and homeless people would never receive dental care they need.

A dream of Operation Smile and Dentist Avi Weisfogel is for every person to be able to see a dentist no matter the cost. Every person that needs dental cleanings can receive them or everyone that needs a cavity filled can receive it without charge. The lower income people can enter the mobile dental unit without worry. The hope is for more dentist to become involved with this worthy cause. Hopefully, more people will see the need and will help the mobile unit and Operation smile to provide what is needed. Supplies are not free and this fund is going to help purchase the supplies. volunteers are also a need and are welcomed. Operation smile will continue to help children with cleft palates to receive the care they need.

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Kevin Seawright and Newark Community Economic Development Corporation Help Newark Small Businesses

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Kevin Seawright is an operations leader in the financial and administrative arena. Currently he is Senior Vice President and CFO of Newark New Jersey’s Community Economic Development Corporation, and Kevin has been since September 2014.

According to an interview Seawright did recently with a local news show, Newark Community EDC’s goal is to promote economic development in Newark, downtown and uptown, by helping small businesses. They do that with education and loans. Currently they do not offer small business grants.

They have two people in each ward dedicated to bringing in prospective new businesspeople. Their loan specialist is Demirali. She helps people understand the financial reporting involved, the record keeping, taxes and credit reporting. Based on what she learns, they can figure out how close the person is to actually opening their business.

Once a week they host an incubator class, a 2-week course in small business development. EDC will also help prospective businesspeople find a building for their business.

Newark Community EDC will offer business loans up to $25,000. If the business needs more than that, they will seek to partner with other institutions.

All EDC benefits are available to any business that is or will be located within Newark. Since EDC began a short ago, they have helped 53 businesses open, which resulted in 88 new employees hired.

Seawright also stressed the necessity of continuing education, a point he makes often on Twitter. He doesn’t want to help a business open just to see it close down a short time later. He wants EDC to help small businesses succeed. That includes helping them learn what they must continue doing, such as paying taxes and paying employee taxes and making financial statements. According to him, the most important factor in small business survival is financial stability.

Seawright began his career with Tito in Washington, DC. That began his education in small business and real estate development. As Managing Fiscal Officer, designed a new accounting system for the Baltimore Commission on Aging that saved them over $100,000. He became Payroll Director, then Finance Director of Homeless Services within the Department of Housing. Then came a stint for Baltimore as CFOr. For six years he worked as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in education.  Check out Kevin Seawright on Soundcloud to learn more about the man, and his interests

Dr. Weisfogel’s Heart is as Big as His Smile

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s heart is as big as his smile these days. Dr. Weisfogel has started a GoFundMe campaign for the Operation Smile charity. Operation Smiles began in 1982 by plastic surgeon and philanthropist Dr. William Magee and his wife Kathleen, a registered nurse, were visiting the Philippines. They had been overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of young children and teens with facial deformities. Upon their return from their trip they began contacting other surgeons and medical professionals they knew, to inquire about their willingness to help these children. They championed medical equipment and supply companies to see if they would be willing to donate medical supplies and equipment to these underdeveloped countries.

The Magees returned to the Philippines with the necessary equipment, staff and supplies to perform these surgeries. Upon the launch of Operation Smile they soon had volunteer Doctors and surgeons from eighty countries performing facial deformity surgeries in an estimated sixty countries. Today Operation Smiles teaches the local medical professionals in these countries to perform these surgeries as well as donating the necessary medical equipment. This selfless act of compassion has attracted the attention of other philanthropists like Dr. Avi Weisfogel.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Upon his graduation from high school he attended Rutgers University where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. After the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Avi Weisfogel went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University’s College of Dentistry. Once he had successfully completed his studies, Avi returned to Old Bridge, and accepted a position with Old Bridge Dental. While with Old Bridge Dr. Avi Weisfogel was voted Best Dentist, for several consecutive years.

During his fifteen years of service with Old Bridge Dental, AviSlee Labs. developed a passion for understanding sleep disorders. He began the Healthy Heart Sleep Labs where he and his associates could learn best how to help people with various sleep disorders. Two years later he opened the Owner Unlimted Sleep Partners. In 2014 he opened Deep Sleep Masters, a program which educates other dentist’s on the use of various oral devices that assist in the prevention of sleep disorders.

Keith Mann Academic Scholarships

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A quality education is a proven way for young people to achieve success, but in many urban areas, the lack of funds for public schools makes it hard for the schools to provide the needed education. As a result, many cities have seen an increase in charter schools that help to provide quality educational opportunities for children in low income areas.

One of these charter schools is Uncommon Charter Schools, which is a network of public charter schools. The schools are located in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The schools serve children from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Recently Keith Mann, the founder and CEO of Dynamics Search Partners, started a scholarship for graduating seniors from an Uncommon Charter High School.

The name of the scholarship started by Keith Mann is the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. Keith Mann started the scholarship to help low income kids attend and graduate college. His concern and the efforts of the Uncommon Charter Schools work hand in hand.

The schools help to prepare low income children for higher educational opportunities by providing a quality public school education. While the scholarship provided by Keith Mann, provides the money required to help pay for college tuition.

Many low income children have a desire to attend college and earn a degree, but the cost of college is a challenge that many low income children cannot overcome. However, the Keith Mann scholarship will be able to help one graduating senior each year from an Uncommon Charter High School realize the dream of going to college.

Keith Mann is a businessman. He is the founder of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP), which helps businesses fill their executive position openings. Keith Mann started DSP in 2009, and he manages the day-to-day business operations. His company specializes in filling executive positions for alternative investment firms.

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