Dick Devos’ Legacy of Leadership in Michigan and Beyond

A few things are close to my heart. Besides family, this includes business, politics, and philanthropy, not necessarily in that order. Philanthropy is part of my family DNA. It is also a central part of our social culture here in Michigan. My name is Dick Devos, and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

 

I co-founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together with my wife, Betsy. You may recognize her as the eleventh Secretary of Education in the US Cabinet. I also serve as the President of the Windquest Group, a boutique holding company I co-founded. The firm has interests in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology among others.

 

 

I am also associated with Amway where I worked in various positions until 1989. I returned to the company in 1993. I oversaw critical restructuring efforts that enabled us to expand to more than fifty countries around the world and surpass international revenue collection targets. I love using my skills and time to contribute to causes that positively impact people’s lives.

 

 

I am a strong supporter of reform in education that enables parents a choice in the schools their children attend. With this intention, I co-founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010. I should mention here that I am a national champion sailor and an experienced pilot who loves to put more miles on the meter. Symbolically located at the Grand Rapids airport, the school enables hundreds of students to explore careers in the aviation industry.

 

 

I played a pivotal role in the rehabilitation of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as well as the increase in flights at the Grand Rapids airport, both of which are right here in Michigan. I was recently asked to serve on the board of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington DC. In support of education, I founded the Education Freedom Fund to enable children from low-income families in the state access quality education through scholarships.

 

 

Similarly, I have been in charge of the Orlando Magic professional basketball team. I am a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and its political objectives. I am on record running for the governor’s seat in Michigan in 2006.

 

 

I am a strong supporter of community initiatives in Michigan. To this end, I am associated with Willow Creek Association, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Grand Action Committee. I am also the author of the book, “Rediscovering American Values,” published in 1997.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.

 

The Orange Coast College Recycling Centre

Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and was officially opened in 1948. It currently enrolls an average of 25,000 students every semester and has, over the years, become one of the country’s best community colleges. The College offers over 135 academic programs and, in all of Orange County, transfers the largest number of students to California State University and the University of California.

 

 

The Orange Coast College recycling center, which has been under construction for the last fifteen months, was officially opened on August 21st. On average, 300 people visited the center on a daily basis but due to the recent developments made on the facility, this number has increased by twenty-five percent.

 

 

The reason why the center was renovated was to create more recycling opportunities for the public, and at the same time, create revenue that would be used to fund students’ projects. The expansion was funded by donations from ASOCC, Measure M and CR&R. The Associated Students of the Orange Coast College also assisted in this course.

 

 

Some of the facility’s new features include a larger parking area, service bays, showers for the workers to freshen up after work and a break room. Its parking space had a capacity of eight cars, but after the expansion, it can now accommodate up to forty-five cars. The recycling center can now take a wider variety of materials including plastic, paper, cans and grease. The management intends on making this known to the public through advertising via media, print and utility bills.

 

 

At the center, bottles are sorted and distributed to different parts of the country for reuse. Plastic is taken to Perris to be recycled, glass is taken to Los Angeles and aluminum is taken to Irwindale. Learn more: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/Pages/home.aspx

 

 

The center, which was once hidden, is now hard to miss and because of the expansion, workers are now engaged from morning till evening. What was once a club is now a center which generates income for the ASOCC.

 

Orange County College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers spring, summer, winter and fall classes. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/orange-coast-college#/entity