Born Richard DeVos Jr. but better known as Dick DeVos the success achieved by this entrepreneur and philanthropist has impressed me for many years after the billionaire embarked upon a series of high-profile public office postings. The aspects of the life of Dick DeVos which have impressed me the most include his bold decision in 1989 to leave the comfort of the family business of the AmWay group to establish his own company, The Windquest Group, The New Netherlands Institute reports; Dick had already proven himself to observers of the AmWay Group by ensuring his first appointment to an executive level position in 1984 established the overseas sales department as the leading producer of revenue for the company founded by his father.
On a personal level, I believe Dick DeVos has achieved much more than just turning around the AmWay Group and making it the sales juggernaut it remains in the 21st-century; in my opinion, Dick DeVos has been looking for the best way of helping families across Michigan and the U.S. in bringing education into the 21st-century from its current roots in the last decades of the 20th-century. At the height of his work to develop the AmWay Group into one of the leading sales companies in the world, Dick DeVos was also running a campaign for Governor of Michigan and was elected to the Michigan Board of Public School Education. The reform of education has been an impressive part of the life of Dick DeVos and his wife, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos; I have always valued the financial contributions made by Dick DeVos to the Potter’s House Christian School of Grand Rapids, Michigan which has continued across a number of decades to aid low-income families in achieving a top education for their children.
In an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable conducted by Betsy DeVos, the conversation turned to Dick DeVos in a way which shows the impressive way the pair have become integral to the growth of the education reform movement. In a bid to bring his own love of flying and aviation to students who had begun expressing an interest in this area of education, Dick DeVos established the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school to act as a standard-bearer for the use of charter schools as an impressive option for states across the U.S.
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