Entrepreneurship And Leadership Skills Taking Dick DeVos To Higher Positions
November 30, 2016
Dick DeVos professional résumé reads perfectly with achievement upon achievement and success after success in all his public and private undertaking. He is a business executive and an entrepreneur with a flair for politics and philanthropy is close to his heart. He was the first born son of a multi-billionaire Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway’s Corporations.
Dick DeVos took over the mantle of Amway’s Corporation in 1993 to 2012 during which he expanded the firm’s operations to fifty countries on six continents. He also increased sales to a tune of $4.5billion. As the president of Amway’s, he restructured the firm to form Alticor Corporation, a group of companies that comprised of Amway’s Corporation, Access Business group, and Quixtar Corporation.
Having begun his career at Amway’s Corporation, he understood how to drive sales and expand business chains. In 1974, he worked in various capacities, and it was not until 1984 that he was made the Vice President in charge of branches in 18 countries.
In 1991, he was entrusted to manage the family’s basketball franchise as the CEO and president of the Orlando Magic’s NBA team. He resigned his position to become the president of the WindQuest Group, a private financial investment entity with investments in the energy and manufacturing sector. He is also a member of the board of directors.
As a man with a passion, and professional training in jet and helicopter flying, he formed the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010, the first of its type where public high school students learn to fly.
He was a local community leader who initiated the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to thousands of students in Michigan. DeVos loves progress in the society and through his position as the Grand Rapids Committee chairman, he has been instrumental in championing key infrastructural developments in the downtrodden areas. Through his Dick and Betsy Family Foundation established in 1989, he has helped improve the health care system by opening a $90 million medical school and, a $130 million heart hospital.
Dick DeVos is married to Betsy Prince, and together they have seven children and five grandchildren. He is also an author of a New York Times best-seller known as “Rediscovering American Values.”