October 6, 2016

The Fulfilling Life Of Dick DeVos

Married to Dick DeVos, former president of Amway Corporation and one-time candidate for the Governor of Michigan, Betsy DeVos has established her own identity. Since becoming involved in campus politics over thirty years ago she has served on or led political campaigns, political action committees and Republican party organizations, including six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Her passion for education reform and school choice, in particular, has helped create school voucher programs publicly funded private choice schools in seventeen states. Her tireless efforts for education reform continue today with the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


Dick DeVos is one of the most successful and diverse businessmen in the history of the state of Michigan. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1955 he has at various times in his career been president of Amway Corporation, served as President and CEO of the Orlando Magic, ran for governor of Michigan, was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education, and served as president of the Windquest Group to mention only the more prominent positions he has held.


In 1974 Dick DeVos went to work for the company his father founded, Amway Corporation. During his first ten years with Amway Dick held various positions of responsibility gaining experience in many of the companies different departments. In 1984 he was promoted to vice president of company operations in eighteen countries.


Richard decided to leave Amway in 1989 and started his own business the Windquest Group a privately owned investment firm with investments in manufacturing, technology, and alternative energy. Realizing alternative energy was going to play a major role in our futures he focused on making it both sustainable and economically feasible. He remains the president of the Windquest Group.


For two years Dick DeVos was the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic. Taking this position after the family assumed ownership of the team in 1991. Since that time the Magic have won five division championships and two Eastern Conference titles. The Orlando Magic continue to be one of the most envied NBA franchises.


In 1993 Richard returned to Amway, succeeding his father as president. Beginning in 2000 he started a major restructuring of the company. Under an umbrella firm, the Alticor Corporation he combined all of Amway’s operations into one group. Under this new structure, the company has expanded into fifty countries.


Of all his endeavors Dick DeVos is perhaps best known for his run for governor of Michigan in 2006. Running against, eventual winner, Democrat Jennifer Granholm. DeVos is reported to have spent $40 million of his own money on this campaign to no avail.


I have only offered some highlights into the life of Dick DeVos, there is more to know about this man and his accomplishments. To read more about Dick DeVos  .