“Be bold. Take the first step today. Smile. Be humble. Work hard. Volunteer. Tutor. The important thing is to make a difference and follow through with your commitments.”
This has been true throughout the life of Dick DeVos. He has spent his business career in various executive positions of Amway, NBA’s Orlando Magic and the Windquest Group where he is currently President. As president of Amway from 1993 to 2002 he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations in 50 countries. Before becoming President, he held the position of Vice President – Amway International, where he oversaw the operations in 18 countries. Under his bright leadership, he tripled international sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history.
Dick DeVos inspirational leadership and insight allowed him to be a prominent leader in many community initiatives. These include the Education Freedom Fund, which awarded more than 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan, West Michigan Aviation Academy and serves on the State Board of Education. Mr. DeVos is an active member of multiple downtown revitalization and regional health care improvements, which include a $75M downtown arena, $212M convention center, a $130M heart hospital, $90M medical school and a $30M Downtown market.
Mr. DeVos and his wife, Betsy DeVos, joined together to found the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. This heartfelt foundation serves as a catalyst for partner organizations that position the local and global communities for growth and viability. First formed in 1989 it is based on the solid foundation and principles that was handed down from their parents. With both of their involvement they provide a secure and beautiful path for others to follow and look up to.