Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who spent his career holding various executive positions in several companies. He earned his business administration degree from the Northwood University. He also attended Wharton School to study executive research. For years, DeVos has received honorary doctorates from leading centers of academic excellence such as Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and the renowned Northwood University. Throughout his career, he has garnered skills in marketing, public relations, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, team building, and public relations. DeVos is the current President and Board Chairman of The Windquest Group.
DeVos’ work experience
DeVos began his career in 1974 at his father’s company. He held various positions in the finance, marketing, research, and sales division. In 1984, DeVos was made vice president of the Amway Corporation. He managed the company’s activities in the foreign nations, increasing the sales of the company by a significant percentage. In 1991, he was assigned to head Orlando Magic, a company bought by Amway Corporation. Orlando Magic is a National Basketball Association that manages a basketball team.
In 1993, he became the head of Amway Corporation following his father’s retirement. Being the enterprising businessperson, DeVos restructured the company, and within his first-year tenure as the president, the company increased its sales by $4.5 billion. He also renamed the company to Alticor Corporation. After retiring in 2002, he took over the leadership mantle of The Windquest Group, a company that he established while he was working at Amway.
In 2010, DeVos was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The same year, he established the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a chartered high school based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Willow Creek Associations also appointed him to serve as its vice president. For over two decades, DeVos has been serving as the co-chairman of the Grand Action Committee.
DeVos’ philanthropic acts
For decades, Dick DeVos has involved himself in various charitable activities. He established Dick and Betsy Foundation, an organization focused on Building talents. This foundation donates to religious, artistic, educational, and civic communities in Michigan. DeVos is also an activist and serves as a civic leader representing the interests of members of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan and the Grand Action.