Dick DeVos is a hard working entrepreneur who loves to help people in whatever way he can. He co-founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 with his wife and has been donating millions of dollars to various charitable causes and nonprofits ever since. Thanks to DeVos, people in Michigan can secure employment without having to join a union. This is because he worked very hard to change laws in Michigan so that it is now a right-to-work state. He also helped to pass legislation that helps to cover the tuition costs for students who wish to attend a private school or charter school.
Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he has been a positive influence on the city for most of his life. During the 1990s, he was able to help the city out by thwarting an effort to construct a multi-purpose convention center and sports arena just north of its downtown section. The plans were being considered by the public, but he already knew this would be trouble for the city. The reason for his concern was because he could remember when Detroit had built the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit had invested quite a bit into the building, and this all went to waste, soon after, when the Detroit Lions and Pistons left the city.
Dick DeVos put together a lobbying effort and was able to put a stop to the city’s plans. He also helped to gather together a group of business leaders from the area who care deeply about Grand Rapids and its future. This group is named Grand Action, and it is still in existence today. Thanks to Grand Action, many useful buildings have been built in the city that may have, otherwise, never been constructed.
Dick DeVos studied at Northwood University and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration while there. He serves as one of the co-owners of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team and also helped to co-found the Windquest Group. DeVos worked with Amway for most of his younger life and eventually served the company as its chief executive officer for close to 10 years. During the mid 2000s, he decided to run to serve as the governor of Michigan, but he, unfortunately, fell short to Jennifer Granholm who was the incumbent Democrat at the time.
Dick DeVos was recently invited to join the top civilian panel that works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help guide it. He joined six other new members including Huntley Lawrence, William Ris, and Jeffrey Shane. As an aviation enthusiast and pilot, he is uniquely qualified to serve on the Management Advisory Council, which helps to advise the FAA in matters related to planning, spending, regulation, and policymaking. DeVos has done a lot for the aviation industry and those who hope to work in the sector someday. In 2010, he founded The West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a charter school that instructs students right on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
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