Dick DeVos: Achieving Corporate Success

Dick DeVos is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the United States. He has been working with several companies, and proved that he can reach the top without the need of his parent’s influence. His first job was with Amway, where he joined in 1974. He held positions in several departments inside the company, including the research and development division, the manufacturing department, the marketing department, and the sales and finance division. Ten years of hard work and perseverance later, Dick DeVos was promoted as the executive vice president. He used his skill in expanding the business overseas, and in a short period of time, the revenue that Amway is making from foreign markets tripled. The sales that the overseas branches of Amway is making accounted for only 5% of the total company sales, but under the leadership of Dick DeVos, it rose to more than 50% of the total company sales. He left Amway after six years of being the company’s vice president.

 

 

When the DeVos family acquired the franchise for Orlando Magic, Dick DeVos became one of the owners, as his father split the ownership among his children. He was even chosen to become the president and the chief executive officer of the franchise, but he decided to step down in 1993 because of his decision to return to Amway. Dick DeVos’ father resigned as the company’s president, and he was chosen to succeed him. During his term as the president, Amway focused on foreign markets, and they expanded and started operating in more than 50 countries. Amway went under restructuring and rebranding, creating Alticor. Dick DeVos resigned after the company’s rebranding, and shifted to the Windquest Group serving as its president.

 

 

Currently, Dick DeVos is holding a variety of positions in different companies. Aside from being the president of The Windquest Group, he is also serving as: a member of the board of directors at Spectrum Health System; a member of the board of trustees at Health Care Foundation; a member of the board of directors at the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce; the founder and chairman of the West Michigan Aviation Academy; the chairman of the board of directors at the RDV Corporation; one of the governing boards of Orlando Magic; a member of the board of trustees at the Thunderbird School of Global Management; a member of the board of directors at the Willow Creek Association; co-chairman of the Grand Action Committee; and the founder and chairman of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan.

 

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The Story of the Philanthropic Secretary of Education-Betsy Devos

The philanthropic work of Betsy DeVos is articulated through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation founded in 1989. The foundation’s giving is anchored on faith and centered in leveraging support, accelerating transformation and cultivating leadership in five areas namely community, arts, education leadership, and justice. In the year 2015, this Foundation made charitable contributions totaling to $11.6 million so that the lifetime charitable contribution of this couple reached $139. DeVos family was ranked 24th among the America’s top givers.

Read more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos

In 2015, the DeVos Family Foundation gave $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and had another $150,000 approved to be paid in the future. The foundation also gave to GREAAT Schools, Inc., $5,000. GREAAT Schools, Inc. is a not-for-profit company that manages charter schools. This foundation also displayed their philanthropic work by donating $200,000 in the same year to Potter’s House, a Christian school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All these were revealed in her interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have been donating large sums of money health research, hospitals, evangelical missions, Christian schools, and art organizations among others. In the period between 1999 and 2014, the couple donated $100 million, half of which went to the Christian organizations. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the foundation so far include Center for Individual Rights, Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values, Center for Individual Rights, Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center and Baptists for Life.

About Betsy DeVos

I can categorically state that Betsy DeVos is the current secretary of education of the United States. Her confirmation was done on February 7, 2017, by the Senate following her nomination by President Donald J. Trump. She has been involved in various issues regarding education policy for nearly 30 years mostly as children’s advocate and parent’s voice. I also noted that she is deeply concerned with reforms aimed at helping the underserved children to access quality education.

She undertook an in-school mentor role for at-risk students for close to 15 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. I understand that it is her interactions with students, teachers, and families during this time that changed her life and her perspective regarding education forever.  Betsy DeVos has since played a leading role in supporting the development of new choices for students in over 25 states and the District of Columbia. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

It has also become known to me that before being confirmed as the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos was the chairperson of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm. She has also served on various boards both nationally and locally and also in civic organizations like Kids Hope USA, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design and Mars Hill Bible Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.