Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi Is Named President Of Bradesco

     One of the most influential banks in Brazil, Banco Bradesco, is undergoing some serious renovations. These renovations do not have anything to do with the bank establishments, but they have to do with the bank leadership. Lazaro De Mello Brandao is giving up his position as the president of the bank.

Lazaro De Mello Brandao served as president of Bradesco Bank for over 30 years. Lazaro committed his entire life to bettering the banking world in Brazil. During his time as president of the bank, Lazaro Brandao was able to build almost a dozen Bradesco locations, and he also helped bring over 5,000 jobs to Brazil.

Lazaro De Mello Brandao is leaving his position for personal and business reasons. In regard to the personal reasons, Lazaro Brandao wants to devote more of his time to his family. Lazaro will soon be celebrating his 92nd birthday, so he does not know how much more time he has on this earth. Lazaro has made it clear that the rest of his time on earth will be spent with his family and doing fun things with them. Concerning the business reasons, Lazaro Brandao is convinced Bradesco Bank and the local community will benefit from having a younger president. Lazaro realized this several months ago when he had a meeting with the technology department. The technology department displayed to Lazaro new technology that would take Bradesco Bank to new heights. Sadly, Lazaro knows nothing about new technology, and he likes things the old-fashioned way. That is why he believes a younger president is needed.

The individual taking Brandao’s place is Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi. For many people, the selection of Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is not a surprise. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi and Lazaro Brandao have been friends for over 15 years. Lazaro Brandao hired Luiz when Luiz was just a teenager. Luiz volunteered at Bradesco Bank for almost two years before officially being hired. Luiz did not know how much he loved working with finances and helping the public until he obtained a job at Bradesco Bank.

After four years of pure success as an employee of Bradesco Bank, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi was named manager of the marketing department. Luiz Cappi introduced the bank to direct-response advertising and new technology that made marketing easier and more effective. After only two years as manager of the marketing department, Bradesco Bank became the most successful bank in Brazil.

Before being named the president of Bradesco Bank, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi was vice president for approximately eight years. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is now both president and vice president of Bradesco Bank. A new vice president is expected to be named before the summer. In a recent interview, Luiz Cappi told the press that he is confident a new vice president will be named at the yearly Shareholders Conference. This conference will be held in about eight weeks, and Luiz Cappi is planning to announce his five-year plan at the conference. Luiz believes great things are on the horizon for Bradesco Bank, and he is planning to create more jobs, too.

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Dick DeVos Continues to be a Major Asset to Grand Rapids Michigan

The DeVos family has been a significant factor in the improvement and positive changes seen in Grand Rapids, Michigan today. The DeVos family has been a mainstay in the betterment of the city starting with Dick DeVos’s parents who are the founders of Amway. Today multiple charities, schools, hospitals, civic and cultural events and centers, to name a few, have benefitted from the efforts by Dick DeVos and family.


One of the noted turning points in the connection between Grand Rapids and Dick DeVos is the creation of the DeVos Place Convention Center, DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids City Market, the Van Andel Arena and the construction of Michigan State University Medical School. The drive to build the major civic and education centers came from Dick DeVos’s experience with downtown Detroit’s demise to the athletic centers after the Detroit Pistons and Lions left the city. DeVos considered the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills lessons well learned and not worth repeating for the city of Grand Rapids.


Dick and Betsy DeVos continue to be philanthropic, as heirs to a family fortune, with the creation of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The family reports giving $138.7 million to multiple organization and charities between 1998 to 2015. The family continued its charitable giving in 2006, giving $12.5 million to the construction of a $103 million children’s hospital named after the late Helen DeVos, Dick DeVos’s mother. Learn more:


Education advocacy and reform have been the top priority for both Dick and Betsy DeVos. The desire for children from low-income families to have the same educational opportunities are what drive the DeVos’s continued work for educational reform. In 2000 an effort to create tax-funded vouchers was sponsored by Dick DeVos, to allow vouchers for students to attend private schools. The Michigan voters rejected the plan, but the DeVos’s continued to advocate for the reform in other states. The number of states and districts that are making vouchers for public schools available is continuing to increase due to the persistence of Dick and Betsy DeVos.


Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy, who is now the U.S. Secretary of Education, continue to be leaders in charitable giving and on improving education. Dick DeVos has founded an aviation charter high school at Grand Rapids International Airport. Betsy DeVos continues to be an advocate for school choice programs and the noted continued growth of these programs in the U.S.