Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the eldest son of Helen June and Richard Marvin DeVos. DeVos went to school at the Forest Hills public school system. Later on, he joined Northwood University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Besides, he enrolled as an executive study programmer at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton Schools. Dick DeVos began his career at the Amway Corporation in 1975. Here, he held various posts in different departments. Having gained an extensive experience in management, DeVos was promoted to the position of the company’s Vice President. As Amway’s Vice President, DeVos would oversee the company’s operations in 18 countries. Later on, DeVos left Amway Corporation and started his business venture, The Windquest Group. The Windquest Group specializes in manufacturing and marketing of storage and closet organizers.
Dick DeVos’ Career Achievements
In 1991, Dick DeVos was appointed to manage his father’s franchise, the National Basket Ball Association. Even though, DeVos remained as the managing director of the Windquest Group. Two years later, he returned to Amway corporations to succeed his father as its President. In 2000, Dick DeVos initiated the restructuring of the Amway Corporation. Under his helm, Amway Corporation expanded its operations to more than 50 countries and six continents. Two years later, DeVos retired as the President of Alticor and decided to concentrate on his private ventures.
Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth, the daughter of Edgar Prince. Edgar Prince is the founder, owner, and president of the Prince Corporation in Holland. Elizabeth Betsy was once nominated as the Education Secretary in the United States. During her tenure, Elizabeth contributed significantly towards the education programs. Furthermore, the couple had been instrumental in shaping the US’ politics. In their philanthropic initiatives, Dick DeVos and Betsy give much priority to education. In 2015, the couple allocated over $3 million to education endeavors. They also awarded over $357,000 to groups that supported educational reform. Their contribution towards education reform reflects their commitment to transforming the learning system in the United States.
In an interview with MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, Dick DeVos said that kids with wrong ZIP codes in the US could not access their career dreams. Besides, they could not achieve the education needed to transform their dreams into reality.
DeVos has contributed significantly towards reforming the learning system. The couple funds several education programs such as the Lansing-based Great Lakes Education Foundation and the Michigan-based Charter School Advocacy Group. Their contributions are geared towards transforming the entire education system. Dick DeVos maintains that their donations do not advance or advocate any political agenda but brings an impact in the society.
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