Dick is a renowned American entrepreneur and philanthropist. His father, Richard DeVos is the co-founder of Amway Corporation. This is a conglomerate, which mainly deals in the distribution of healthcare, personal care and household products. The firm distributes the aforementioned products via an intricate network of independent sales agents, who recruit other dealers. This chain goes all the way down until the products reach the consumers.
DeVos began working at Amway straight out of college in 1974. He held several positions within the organization. One decade into his Amway career, Dick was appointed Vice President. This role also made him an overseer of the firm’s set-ups in 18 countries. After helping Amway record massive profits, Dick left in 1989 to pursue his personal interests. He started Windquest Group, a firm involved in the production and marketing of closet and storage organizers.
DeVos was appointed to head NBA team Orlando Magic by his father in 1991. The family had just acquired the sporting franchise and wanted a proven business leader to head it. Dick was the most suited person for the role. He led the basketball franchise through one of the most successful spells in its history. During this time, he was also involved in the day to day operations of Windquest Group. In 1993, Dick DeVos was appointed Amway’s president by the firm’s board to succeed his father. His term was eventful because he oversaw sweeping changes within the organization. Strategic restructuring saw the firm become one of the best-run corporations.
Dick’s Family Life, Education and Charity
The Grand Rapids native has had notable success in business, philanthropy, political activism and sports. He has constantly been named among the most prominent humanitarians. He founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, through which they support different initiatives in Grand Rapids and beyond. The foundation has benefitted numerous organizations and causes. These include Grove City College, Rehoboth Christian School, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, and Kids Hope USA.
Being a supporter of the Republican Party, Dick DeVos is involved in political advocacy. He has used his personal funds to support several legislations. Besides this, he is a dynamic civic leader, and spearheads local initiatives including the Grand Action. Dick is also an accomplished author. He is credited with penning blockbuster “Rediscovering American Values”, which was critically acclaimed. Mr. DeVos is a graduate of the famed Forest Hills school system, and Northwood University. He is similarly an accomplished sailor and aviator. He has won numerous sailing competitions.