Dick DeVos – One of Michigan’s Biggest Supporters

Dick DeVos, has spent his career working in various capacities with his family’s businesses, Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and the Windquest Group where he is its President. He is also active in several philanthropic activities as well. He and his wife Betsy, who is now serving President Trump as Secretary of Education, have supported education, the arts, cancer research and more over their lifetime.

Dick served as President of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He had the responsibility for the company’s operations in over 50 countries. In 2002, the company reported sales of $4.5 billion. Before serving as its President, Dick was Vice President of Amway International. While in this position, the International sales tripled. He served as President and CEO of the Orlando Magic from 1991 to 1994, while his family owned the company.

DeVos has been involved in community initiatives as well. He started the Education Freedom Fund, which gave over 4000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan. He started the West Michigan Aviation Academy, that helps children with an interest in aviation and science, develop their interests. He and his wife have donated over $36M to the Grand Valley State University over the years.

Dick has been involved with various Grand Rapids revitalization projects. He supports health care improvements for the community as well. He helped with a $75M arena in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as a $212M convention center. He supported the building of a $130M Heart Hospital and a $90M medical school in the area.

In 2006, Dick DeVos ran for Governor of Michigan. His campaign was not successful. He wrote a New York Times best seller, “Rediscovering American Values” which was published in 1997. He has a love of sailing and is involved in several sailing competitions each year. In 2016, DeVos was the Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup Champion. His team also picked up the Blue Water Series Ranking Champion Title. His team consisted of Mark Mendelblatt, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Drew Weirda, Peter Kinney, Erika Reineke and Mike Hall. Dick gives credit to all who competed, claiming the event to be a great experience for everyone.

Dick and Betsy DeVos have been married for 35 years. They have seven children and five grandchildren.

Dick Devos is proud of the West Michigan Aviation Academy

Dick DeVos is one of Michigan’s most famous businessmen. He had a great impact as the head of Amway, and he oversaw the Amway’s transition into Alticor. People throughout Michigan love Dick’s keen business insight and his willingness to work hard to get things done the right way. Dick DeVos retired in 2002, but he has found plenty of activities to keep himself busy.

DeVos is proud to work with several charities. He regularly funds arts projects throughout the United States, and he also offers several amazing scholarships for great students. DeVos loves giving back to the state and country that have made him so wealthy.

In recent years, DeVos has had time to devote to several exciting hobbies. He’s participated in numerous yacht races, but his biggest joy is flying. Flying offers a rush like no other. He sees flying as a great way to experience life, but he knows that too many people do not have the means to fly. Dick DeVos wanted to offer educational opportunities to those that wanted to fly, so he launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

The West Michigan Aviation Academy is a charter school like no other. The school offers around 500 students a grand opportunity to get hands-on aviation education. This school offers an amazing curriculum that is truly changing lives. Students learn all the regular subjects, but they also can learn to be pilots while still in high school. Many students are enrolled in the flight science track. For four years, students get hands-on experience with flight. If they complete the program, then they will receive their Private Pilot Certification. The Academy owns a Cessna 172 to educate their students. Other students at the academy chose to focus on engineering, so they can work on airplanes in the future. The academy is getting amazing results, and they hope to continue serving the people of Michigan.

Dick DeVos is extremely proud of his time at Amway, where he was a major business leader, but establishing the West Michigan Aviation Academy is his greatest accomplishment. He is extremely proud of everything his students have accomplished.