Dick DeVos began his business career under his father’s guidance. Richard DeVos Sr is the founder of Amway. The company is a multi billion-dollar organization that was started out of the DeVos family home. Dick DeVos was very involved at a young age. He and his brother took on simple tasks such as catering to potential clients and clearing tables after special events. Before long Dick DeVos was acting as a host by speaking at events and presenting new products.
DeVos received his bachelor’s degree from Northwood University and had brief stays at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. He joined his father’s company in 1974 and proceeded to work his way up through the ranks of the organization. DeVos refined his business skills by gaining experience from several different departments in the company including marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing and product development.
Dick DeVos became an active executive with the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association when his father Richard DeVos purchased the team in 1991. DeVos remained with the team in an official capacity until he decided to return to Amway and take over as the company’s President.
DeVos became President of Amway in place of his father. The company expanded its operations to over 50 countries and territories during Dick DeVos’s tenure as CEO. He would oversee the restructuring that resulted in Alticor. Alticor became the parent company of Amway. There were also several different subsidiary companies involved in the transaction.
Dick DeVos made a serious run at the governorship of Michigan in 2006. He spent an estimated 39 million dollars on his campaign. 35 million of the 39 million dollars is believed to be Dick DeVos’s own money. It is said that he is the wealthiest man to ever run for governor in the history of the state of Michigan. DeVos was concerned about the unemployment levels in the state. At that time it was one of the highest in the country. He pushed for initiatives to assist start-up businesses in order to achieve personal growth. DeVos believed that this would create the kind of jobs that are needed in the marketplace.
Dick DeVos remains and activists in politics. He was eventually elected to the Michigan State Board of Education. He resigned after only two years served in what was supposed to be an 8 year term. This was the period of time when he decided to return to Amway. However, he and his wife became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund. The program make scholarships available to low-income families in order for them to attend whatever school they choose. The DeVos family matched every offer that was provided by the Children’s Scholarship Fund in order to maximize its reach. They also cover all of the administrative cost of running the organization.
To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.