Mr. Dick DeVos is an author and American entrepreneur from Michigan. DeVos was brought up in Grand Rapids and attended Forest Hills School, from where he completed his high school studies. Fortunately, Dick was involved in his family businesses while still a student. Dick DeVos was also an alumnus of Northwood University, from where he received his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Dick started his career at Amway Corporation, where he was in charge of the operation department. His good work made him the Vice President of the corporation. It was the responsibility of DeVos to manage the business operations of Amway Corporation in more than 18 countries. The idea was to gain experience outside his family’s territory. In 1989, Dick DeVos left the family company and started his business project, The Windquest Group. The firm is involved in the production and promoting of storage devices and closet organizers. While operating his business venture, Mr. Dick was appointed by his father as the manager of Orlando Basketball Team. The team was acquired by his family in 1991.
Two years later, Dick DeVos succeeded his father as the President of Amway Corporation. As the president, Dick oversaw the reorganization of Amway Company, which resulted in the creation of an umbrella business organization named Alticor Conglomerate. The conglomerate consists of Access Business Group, Amway Corporation, and Quixtar Corporation. Under the new business structure, Alticor Corporation managed to expand its business operations in over 50 countries across six continents. However, Dick DeVos retired from the presidency position and devoted his time to private business ventures and politics. He went ahead to pursue his dream in politics and vied as the Michigan Governor in 2006.
Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, Dick DeVos is also an active philanthropist. He is involved in several community initiatives. He is the founder of Education Freedom Foundation, which has awarded over 4000 scholarships to the needy students from Michigan. He is also involved with WMAA (West Michigan Aviation Academy), an institution that provides aviation program. Dick DeVos also worked as the Chairman of various Grand Rapids involve in the regional healthcare improvements of Michigan. Mr. Dick published his best-selling book, the Rediscovering American Values in 1997. The book is translated in 7 languages. Dick DeVos is a celebrated sailor and qualified helicopter and aircraft pilot from Michigan.
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