Dick DeVos has built a successful career serving in different executive positions at NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway. He is now the president of Windquest Group. Between 1993 and 2002, DeVos served at Amway as the president. His role was to oversee the company’s operations in 6 continents and over 50 countries. Through his commitment and hard work, Amway registered sales worth $4.5 billion in his last financial year. Before becoming the president at Amway, DeVos served as the Vice President and managed various operations in more than 18 countries.
During Dick’s tenure, Amway tripled its oversea sales and ventured into new markets. For the first time, international sales rose beyond local sales at Amway. In 1991, DeVos family acquired Orlando Magic, and DeVos was promptly appointed to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer. He served at Orlando Magic for three years before leaving.
Apart from his vibrant business career and leadership roles, DeVos has led several community initiatives. For instance, he established an Education Freedom Fund. This initiative offered the Michigan and West Michigan Aviation Academy less advantaged children with over 4,000 scholarships. DeVos has served as the chair and co-chair in various projects, a case in point is the $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, $30M Downtown Market, $130M heart hospital, and a $90M medical school.
DeVos authored a multi-lingual best-selling New York Times book, “Rediscovering American Values” published in 1997. He also ran for the Michigan gubernatorial seat in 2006. In 2017, Department of Transport in the United States of America appointed DeVos to serve on the Management Advisory Council of the Federal Aviation Administration.
DeVos is a professional helicopter and jet aircraft pilot with mastery of skills in sailing championship. A graduate of Northwood University, DeVos is now married to Betsy Prince and they have seven children.
The DeVoses mutually funded American Education Reform Council, Children First America, and Choices for Children. Besides, they also funded several other schools in western parts of Michigan. The couple committed an excess of $22.5 million to develop Kennedy Center Institute of Arts. Similarly, ArtPrize greatly enjoyed success through the resources offered by the DeVoses.
Betsy DeVos is excessively committed to pursuing reforms through her unique non-profit roles. She is an active member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and DeVos Institute for Arts Management. She is equally popular for her pioneering roles in the educational-choice movement. The two started a foundation to sponsor low-income families and help parent choose good schools for their children through the scholarship funds.
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