I know the name Dick DeVos because of the role he has played over the last few decades in a number of business interests I have had an interest in from his family operated AmWay Group to becoming the CEO of the Orlando Magic NBA team. Dick DeVos may seem like an unlikely philanthropist and activist but the billionaire business leader has spent a large amount of time dedicating his life to the reform of education across the state of Michigan and the U.S. as a whole. Philanthropy Roundtable reports the creation of a number of educational programs in Michigan can be traced back to the period of time following the election of Dick DeVos to a position on the Michigan State Board of Education; in 1993, I recall Dick DeVos worked with his wife and fellow education reformer Betsy to create a new program for the creation of charter schools across the state. Dick DeVos has been battling ever since the couple attended the Potter’s House Christian School and were inspired to assist other families in choosing the best path forward for the education of a young person.
Dick DeVos is a member of the family responsible for the development of the AmWay Group and has reached a position of great personal wealth with the family classed as holding billions of dollars in assets. I was shocked to discover the success achieved by Dick DeVos came after the Northwood University graduate spent much of his early career learning as much as possible about the business from 1974 until he was given a role at an executive level in 1984. The trust placed in Dick DeVos by his family saw him become one of the youngest CEO’s in the history of the NBA when he joined the Orlando Magic basketball team in a role I believe he was successful and would lead to the appointment of Dick as the head of the AmWay Group.
Reading the biography of Dick DeVos on the New Netherlands Institute Website provided me with an insight into some of the major works completed by the business leader who has worked to update the business of the AmWay Group as he also headed a number of philanthropic programs. The Grand Action committee headed by Dick DeVos has impressed me greatly with its work to bring much-needed business and community success to the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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