Keith Mann: BusinessWire Article

New York businessman Keith Mann recently established a college scholarship for graduating seniors attending Uncommon Charter High Schools. The scholarship is titled the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. The scholarship was established to help low income students attend and graduate college with a degree.

Students can apply for the scholarship through February 29, 2016. One graduating senior from an Uncommon Charter High School will be awarded the scholarship each year. The value of the scholarship is $5,000. The winner of the scholarship will be announced by the end of March 2016.

The scholarship will help low income students going to one of the Uncommon Charter High Schools pay for their college tuition. The desire to go to college and earn a college degree has been a proven method for low-income children to get out of their low-income situations. The scholarship provided by Keith Mann will help students to attend college who without financial assistance may not be able to pay college tuition.

Uncommon Charter High Schools establishes and manages urban charter public schools that help low income children gain a quality education. In addition, the schools have been very successful in helping students enter and graduate from college. Uncommon Charter Schools operates a network of public charter schools in three states. The schools serve children from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Keith Mann, who established the recent scholarship for graduating seniors at Uncommon Charter High Schools, is a well-known businessman in the New York area. He is the founder and CEO of Dynamics Search Partners. The company is an executive search firm that focuses on the alternative investment industry.

Keith Mann handles the day-to-day operations of Dynamics Search Partners. He has over 15 years of experience in the executive search industry. He is a specialist in hedge fund compensation. Dynamics Search Partners helps various businesses fill over 200 positions a year.


Avi Weisfogel Supports Operation Smile with a GoFundMe Campaign

In January, Avi Weisfogel launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Operation Smile, an organization that touches him deeply, inspiring him.

As a dentist, Weisfogel gave many people healthier smiles with cleaner, pain-free teeth. However, operating in New Jersey, he ordinarily didn’t have to deal with people with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Many people in developing countries do not have that luxury. Many children there suffer from these impairments, which affect their self-esteem and how they are treated by family and their communities, including potential employers.

Therefore, Weisfogel decided to join his interest in people’s mouths with his desire to help humanity, and support Operation Smile. That’s why he launched a GoFundMe campaign. His goal is to raise $2,000 for Operation Smile.

William and Katherine Magee started Operation Smile in 1982. Dr. Magee Jr is a plastic surgeon and his wife Kathleen is a nurse and clinical social worker. They traveled to The Philippines with a team of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and palates. The experience changed their lives forever.

“People begged us to help their children,” Kathleen Magee said. 100 families brought their children to the medical team in Naga, but the volunteers had time to perform surgery on only 40 children. The Magees promised to return.

Back in the United States, the Magees raised money. They solicited surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers. They managed to put together their own team of volunteers willing to return to The Philippines. That included 18 doctors, nurses and technicians. That trip, they helped 100 children, but that barely made a dent in the demand for such surgery.

Operation Smile has grown enormously since then. It fields thousands of medical volunteers from 80 countries. They carry out hundreds of missions a year to 60 countries. They have performed more than 220,000 facial surgeries on children and young adults, all at no charge to the patient’s family. They train doctors and other medical professionals to perform such surgery themselves.

Avi Weisfogel, DDS, began practicing dentistry in New Jersey in 1999 as Old Bridge Dental Care. He won the award for Best Dentist many times. After fourteen years of general practice, he transitioned into specialising on patients with sleeping disorders, especially sleep apnea.

Many such patients are prescribed oral appliances to wear in their mouths at night while they are sleeping. Those devices must be individually fitted to the patient’s mouth by a dentist trained in that work. Therefore, Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters and Dental Sleep Apnea Consulting to train other dentists how to fit the oral appliances and how to attract such patients.

Rugged, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist – Andy Wirth


Entrepreneur and philanthropist Andy Wirth is the new board member of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. Mr. Wirth’s career spans 25 years in the international resort business, and he is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. The holding has two resorts in Olympic Valley, California, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. His efforts at Squaw Valley brought upgrades that took the failing resort from the bottom of the pile to place within the top 20 ski resorts in the world. 

In 2013, 49 year old Wirth suffered a skydiving accident leading to the loss of his arm. The arm was surgically reattached. Through his long recovery, he credits the music of Pearl Jam and a team of Navy Seals with keeping his moral up and his outlook hopeful. The accident hasn’t slowed the rugged gentleman down however, and he is up and running races, and going about both business and charitable duties without missing a step. 

Andy Wirth is the grandson of Theodore Wirth. Theodore Wirth is best known for his work in designing and building community parks across the nation. The younger Mr. Wirth was born in West Germany, and has degrees from Colorado State University and Edinburgh University. He worked at both Rocky Mountain National Park and the San Pedro Wilderness as ranger. He is the recipient of multiple community service awards, and he was named Citizen of the Year by U.S.A. Disabled Sports. His philanthropy supports many environmental organizations as well as the Humane Society of Tahoe. He is a member of the Tahoe Fund Founders Circle, and he acts as the chairman for the Lake Tahoe Winter Olympics Committee. 

He is married to real estate lawyer Karen deRidder, and they have three children. They reside in Truckee, California.