Dick DeVos’ significant work in business and philanthropy

Dick DeVos has held executive posts at Amway Corporation, Orlando Magic basketball franchise, and the Windquest Group. He began working at Amway Corporation in 1974, and then became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Orlando Magic basketball franchise in 1991. He would later return to Amway as its president in 1993 and serve until 2002 when he retired as president of Amway. Dick DeVos has a knack of looking for creative solutions to social problems. Launched in 1989, the Michigan-based Windquest Group is a privately held investment management company. The company has diversified its investment projects in manufacturing, technology, clean energy, and non-profit solutions. Dick DeVos is currently serving as the president of the Windquest Group.

 

Perhaps most vitally, Dick DeVos pursues reform via a host of non-profit roles. After constant visits to Potter’s House Christian School, Dick DeVos, and his wife started supporting individual learners at the learning facility, and that developed into a significant commitment. Up to today, the DeVos still offer significant support to the school. After being elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan, Dick DeVos formed a foundation that awarded scholarships to poor families so that parents would decide which school to take their kids. In 1993, Dick used his political seat to advocate for the passing of Michigan’s first charter-school bill.

 

To further champion education choice for low-income families, Dick teamed up with the late John Walton to form the American Federation for Children. This education choice program has so far enjoyed success in Florida, Louisiana, and Indiana with many students now attending schools of their parent’s choice and not restricted by income earning levels.

 

Besides promoting education choice, Dick DeVos has invested in starting a charter school as another good education-reform strategy. In combing his love of flying and education, Dick launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy situated at the Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. The charter school prepares learners for real-world professions in aviation, be it as aeronautical engineers, pilots, or airport administrators.

Dick DeVos serves as the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The non-profit organization has donated millions of dollars to artistic, civic, educational, religious and free-market financial organizations since its inception. DeVos is credited as the author of a New York Times best-seller book titled ‘Rediscovering American Values’ published in 1998.

 

DeVos is a competitive sailor boasting of two national titles and several victories. Additionally, he’s a pilot. He is the husband to Betsy DeVos and father of 4 children. Dick DeVos is an alumnus of Northwood University having earned a degree in business administration. He has also earned honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University.