Mina Ebrahimi: From A Lunch Distributor To Founding The Best Catering Company

Mina Ebrahimi has proved her entrepreneurial skills by turning her cooking passion into a booming stateside catering company. Within the last two decades, Mina has overcome several hurdles to establishing the biggest catering company in Northern Virginia. This has earned her numerous recognitions and awards including featuring in the prestigious annual 40 women under 40 list. She has also been hailed for her role in uplifting women in her all women-led organization. But where did it all start?

Starting St. Germaine catering company

Mina Ebrahimi nurtured her cooking passion while working at her family-owned bakery business. She would, however, leave the family business in 1998 and dip her feet into the catering world. She started off by supplying homemade and packed lunch to busy executives and other professionals to their workplace. The business did quite well that she decided to open a new larger leaf by providing catering service to corporate meetings, luncheons, and any other business events.

Her outgoing personality, strong business skills and knowledge of the different cuisines consumed in the country played a key role in the fast expansion of her business. She, therefore, sought out more business opportunities and customizes products of their liking. In a few years, she merged the corporate and social world and was now providing catering services to both the business-related events as well as weddings, birthdays and related social gatherings.

Fast forward

In the less than two decades that St. Germaine catering company has been in operation, it has managed to surpass existing food companies in terms of operations and quality of food. It has also flourished into becoming a market leader in the hospitality industry. Year after year, Mina’s catering company has emerged the top caterer in North Virginia. It has also broadened operations and capacity to ensure that it can host any type of event regardless of the number of attendees or their food requirements.

About Mina Ebrahimi

Mina is an accomplished food entrepreneur with deep that specializes in delivering different food tastes from any part of the world alive in her delicacies. Born to Iranian immigrant parents, Mina often mentions that her company has helped her live the American dream that her parents desired for her. Today, Mina and her team provide catering services to more than 200 events across the state and beyond every day.

JNS Author Adam Milstein Reveals the Unlikely Allies Behind the Rise in Anti-Semitism Worldwide

In a recent Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) article, author Adam Milstein delved deep into the heart of a growing threat to the Jewish community worldwide. Adam’s latest piece on JNS is titled “Unlikely radical alliances fan the flames of anti-Semitism worldwide.” In the article, Adam Milstein sheds light on the alliance that has developed between the radical right, radical left and radical Muslims against what has now become clear is their mutual target: Israel and the Jewish community at large.

As the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Still, how has it come to this? The radical right and radical Muslims have always seemed to have a bone to pick with Israel and the Jewish community. What is surprising is that they have set aside their dislike for one another enough to join forces in an effort to push an anti-Semitic agenda. Even more surprising is the fact that the radical left seems to be joining forces with them.

In the past, the radical left has abhorred the ideals and actions of the radical right and radical Muslims. However, as Adam Milstein reveals in his new article, times they are a changing. Now, despite denouncing actions that the radical right and radical Muslims have been known for, such as bigotry, racism and hate, the radical left seems to be okay with it as long as it is directed at the Jewish community.

As the alliance between the radical left, radical Muslims and the radical right grows stronger, they will seemingly continue to share ideas and tactics in an effort to spread their hate of freedom of speech, pluralistic nationalism, tolerance and the Jewish community.

In addition to his position as a JNS author, Adam Milstein is a humanitarian and an avid supporter of Israeli rights. He co-founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, which is a humanitarian organization. The foundation focuses its resources towards supporting pro-Israel causes and the Jewish community as well as helping to strengthen Israel-U.S. relations.

Contributions of Vincent Parascandola in the Success of AXA Advisors

AXA is a French Multinational insurance firm and currently one of the largest insurance companies in the world. The initial founders chose the name as they felt that anybody in the world would comfortably pronounce it. AXA Advisors traces its origin way back in 1816 when it was founded and was known as The Ancienne Mutuelle. It went on changing its name after buying firms over the years. It bought Drouot Group in 1982, The Equitable in 1991, UAP in 1996, Guardian Royal Exchange in 1999, Sun Life & Provincial Holdings in 2000, and Winterthur Group in 2006.

AXA is mainly concerned with the provision of services to individuals which include: investment accounts, equity investments, asset managed accounts, life insurance, annuities, health insurance and other risk management services. AXA has diversified its operations for better delivery of services. They include AXA UK, AXA Sunlife, AXA PPP healthcare, AXA Canada, and AXA Schengen. It also has operations in United States, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. AXA headquarters are located in Paris.

AXA is also known for its philanthropy. In 2008, AXA Research Fund was created. It mainly targets young researchers and those doing PhDs by funding their projects around the world. It also mentors young by training, and also by giving them a chance to share with the experienced researchers all over the world. To date, it has funded over 256 projects which have come from 22 countries.

AXA has experienced brains, and an example is Vincent Parascandola. Vincent is Senior Executive Vice President, and his major work is sales and management development. He is also responsible for recruiting professionals. Vincent pursued his Bachelor of Science in Pace University, New York. His career started in 1987 when he worked as an agent at Prudential. Vincent later held several posts such as Financial Professional in The MONY where he later became the sales manager and then the Managing Director. He worked as the Field Vice President from 1998 to 2005 and then became The Executive Vice President at AXA.

Vincent is recognized internationally for his leadership traits and has received several management awards. He is also a public speaker where he mentors the young as he shares his 25-years’ experience.


Dick DeVos is A Giver in His Professional And Personal Life

Philanthropy Roundtable recently had an interview with Betsy DeVos. The interview concerned education and the educational system. The interview covered several topics involving education. The interview questions were varied and approached several hot topic issues regarding education. During the interview, Betsy DeVos provided answers to the questions presented along with suggestions for making improvements in certain areas of the educational system


The interview was interesting and informative. Betsy DeVos demonstrated her level of expertise on the subject matter regarding education. She was able to offer answered that focused on the children, which she feels is the most important aspect of the educational system. Betsy DeVos pointed to specific areas of the educational system where children are impacted the most. She explained very well how the impact on children concerning education can affect the children for their entire lives.


Betsy DeVos has strong thoughts on the subject of education. Her passion is for helping children who are not able to help or defend themselves against the aspects of the educational system that need to be addressed.


Dick DeVos is the husband of Betsy DeVos. While many people know Dick DeVos through his work as an executive at Amway, the Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group, Dick DeVos is also known for things outside his professional executive roles. He has lead an interesting and successful life.


Dick DeVos has served many years as an advocate of worthwhile causes through his own charitable organizations, charitable organizations of others, and just simply giving to people in need. Mr. DeVos has a long list of charitable contributions and things that he has assisted with to help others.


This list includes providing money for people to attend college, helping to establish a unique high school for children, helping to build a medical school, helping to build a heart hospital, and many other contributions that required of his time and money.


 Dick DeVos  gives of himself everyday as an executive. He provides leadership to an entire organization. However, he also gives in his personal life. He gives to his family, friends, community, charities, and people in need. Dick DeVos is a giver at heart. He understands that giving has many rewards for the giver. The way that Dick DeVos is perceived is often determined based on his professional accomplishments, which are many. However, the perception of Dick DeVos should also include his personal life where he has accomplished a great deal.

Philanthropic Work of the DeVos Family

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos who co-founded and operated Amway, one of the largest distributors of consumer goods. Hailing and residing from Western Michigan, Dick and his wife of 30 years, Betsy DeVos are not only known for their financial success but also for their philanthropic history. As members of the wealthy social class in Grand Rapids, it is customary to be expected to give back to the community through large donations. The DeVos family has certainly done their part. In a Forbes report, the DeVos family said they donated around $1.2 billion over their lifetime. This report came after Forbes reportedly kept requesting a response. According to an MLIVE article, the Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy were listed number 20 on Forbes’ top 50 giver list. A large majority of the funds donated stayed in their local area of Grand Rapids where they invest much time and energy to promote a better community in which they live. The fund donated were also given to church’s and other religiously affiliated institutions, educational endeavors as well as many Republican think tanks.

Hailing from Michigan, Dick DeVos attended and graduated from Northwood University. DeVos worked in many fields within his father’s company of Amway before eventually running the company as president in 1993 and continued to grow the company to 18 countries and increase profits substantially until 2002. Dick Devos has also had great success beyond his business ventures. In 1991, DeVos joined the Orlando Magic and he became CEO and President of the esteemed basketball team. DeVos is also an avid competitive sailor who has one two national titles. He also can fly planes and helicopters.

The DeVos, Dick and Betsy, have been together for 30 years and have since then had 4 children and 2 granddaughters. The family is involved in education and studies as well as business. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was established in 1989 with the simple mission of giving the family a funnel through which they can do their philanthropic work. It is through this foundation that the DeVos family has done a majority of their philanthropy. Dick and Betsy DeVos’ affiliation to the Republican Party date back to when Betsy DeVos was in college. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos spend much of their time and energy in their local community of Grand Rapids, Michigan where they are on committees and chairs to make sure that their home-town continues to prosper and have a promising future.

Congratulations to all the local residents and businesses who work hard to make West Michigan an incredible place to live, work, and visit!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, January 26, 2016