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/.