Dick DeVos has always been an innovator in the business sector as he isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He has served in many different industries and continues to share his love for the aviation industry in more than one way. DeVos recently became a part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s top civilian panel that helps to oversee its strategy and direction. He joins a group of 13 people, in total, who will continue to serve in the business sector while taking part in the panel. DeVos will remain on the panel for 3 years as will the other new members who recently joined.
Dick DeVos knows when he sees a good business deal, and he also knows how to recognize a bad one. About three decades ago, the city of Grand Rapids was eyeing an idea that would see it constructing an arena and convention center close to the city’s downtown area. No one was stepping up to point out the downsides of the possible deal, so he decided to pick up the telephone and do it himself. He knew the idea had to be halted because he had seen a very similar idea turn bad in Detroit when the city had built the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills.
Dick DeVos did more than just put a stop to the idea. In the process, he helped to create Grand Action, which is a group of business leaders from the Grand Rapids region who care about the city’s success. The group has helped to push forward the construction of countless buildings that have been vital to the city. DeVos has also donated millions of dollars of his own money to help out with the construction of important buildings like the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
If Dick DeVos wanted to, he could retire today and enjoy all of his riches. Instead, he has continued to use his influence and wealth to make changes in the world that he believes are good for people. In the mid 2000s, he ran to serve as Michigan’s governor but lost to the Democrat incumbent at the time. DeVos has also supported important legislation that has helped to change the face of Michigan. One of the most important pieces of legislation he has helped to push through is a law that changed the state into a right-to-work state.
Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, who was an American businessman and billionaire who just recently passed away. He served as the CEO of Amway for almost a decade and is currently the CEO of the Windquest Group. DeVos earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration while attending Northwood University.
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