Dick DeVos is a renowned entrepreneur who has worked in various companies serving in executive roles. Among the companies he has served include Amway and Orlando Magic. He also runs his private company Windquest Group as its President.
DeVos Career Profile At Amway
DeVos became Amway’s President in 1993. He was in charge of Amway’s operations in 50 fifty countries and six continents. Under his leadership, Amway recorded a whole $ 4.5 billion dollars worth of sales. He starts off as the company’s Vice President in charge of enterprise leading 18 countries in North America.
Also, the company did so well that it opened new branches. The foreign sales tripled high above the local sales for the first-time ever since the company’s launch. Amway acquired Orlando Magic in 1991 and Dick DeVos assumed its Presidency and Chief Executive Officer for three years.
Dick DeVos Other Roles and Community Outreach
Other than being a great leader and businessman, DeVos is involved in various community initiatives. He founded Education Freedom Fund, an organization that gives scholarships to needy students in the Michigan area. Also, he opened the West Aviation Academy that provides education programs related to the aviation industry.
Besides that, he has been on the State Board of Education and served as either the chair or vice chair or vice chair of different regional healthcare improvement services in the Grand Rapids area. The notable ones include a downtown arena, convention center, a heart hospital, a medical school, and a downtown market all worth millions of dollars.
Dick DeVos ran for the Michigan State Governorship in 2006 as a Republican candidate. He is also a writer and his book called Rediscovering American Values was published in 1997 in seven different languages. The book attracted high sales in New York. DeVos wears many hats, since his graduation from Northwood University; he has had a successful career life. He is both a jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. He holds the National Championship sailor title.
Dick DeVos is married to Betsy Prince, and they have seven children. They all live in Grand Rapids and are proud owners of three mansions in Windsor. They own various houses and a vacation home where they spend their days while on holiday. He bought most of the properties from his father. His business prowess came from what he learned while running his family business; from time to time, he assisted his father in operating his enterprises.