Dick DeVos Helping Others Soar to New Heights

Dick DeVos is among the top donors that helped the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts exceed its fund raising goals. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $1 million to the Kennedy Foundation to aid them expand their facility. The foundation was established in in September 1971 and has about 3 million visitors every year.

 

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur from Michigan and is the son of Richard DeVos, who is the one who founded Amway, a company that distributes consumer goods. DeVos attended Forest Hills public school system and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. DeVos was also awarded honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove City College, Northwood University also awarded him distinguished alumni recognition.

 

For many years, DeVos has been involved with the family business (Amway Corporation) since he was a child. He officially began working for Amway Corporation in 1974 and held different positions which included, finance, manufacturing, sales research, development, and marketing. DeVos was promoted to the post of Vice President of Amway in 1984 and was in charge of operations in 18 countries. He helped the company open many other markets and tripled the international sale which exceeded the company’s domestic sales for the first time in the history of the company.

 

In 1991 DeVos became the President and CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic after his family bought the team. DeVos then left the team in 1993 to go back to Amway to become the President where he succeeded his father. He managed to expand the company to more than fifty countries and in six continents. In 2002, DeVos left the company with great success.

 

Separately from his career and success, DeVos has contributed millions of dollars toward philanthropy. Together with his wife Betsy DeVos they founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010. Both DeVos and his wife had a passion for education and aviation and so they decided to combine both and start a school. West Michigan Aviation Academy is based at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school uniquely focuses on aviation, but it is more than just flying. It gives students with special interest in aviation, technology, engineering, math, and science.

 

The school empowers all these students with special interest to cultivate their passion and develop. Outstanding character values, respect, trust, and accountability are firmly held. The students of the school all aim at achieving their career goals in life.

 

The school is rapidly growing and is empowering many students to soar to new heights.