Dick DeVos holds an exceptional experience in the business industry. He has held senior executive positions at the NBS’s Orlando Magic, and Amway. DeVos is the present President of The Windquest Group. DeVos has been the President and CEO of Orlando Magic since 1991. The Windquest Group is private investment management Company with holdings in manufacturing, technology, and other sectors. Windquest has taken a significant stand participating in the innovation of environmentally friendly strategies. In particular, Windquest put forward a project referred to as the Green Machine in which the heat of the industrial waste (emitted with gaseous or liquid wastes) is transformed into electricity.
As from 1993 to 2002, DeVos was the President of Amway where he oversaw the operations of the organization throughout 50-country presence. In 2002, Amway reported $4.5 billion in sales. Amway is an international consumer goods distribution organization. I do attribute DeVos as the key person who facilitated the opening various Amway’s international markets and tripling of international sales. Through his leadership, Amway International became the first organization to have the international sales to exceeding local sales.
DeVos is the President the philanthropic organization titled Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. DeVos has participated in some community initiatives. He founded the Education Freedom Fund, which had so far awarded over 4,000 academic scholarships to disadvantaged children in Michigan. Besides, he established the West Michigan Aviation Academy that provides a rigorous training program that leans on the aviation industry. DeVos has also been a member of the State Board of Education and co-chaired various Grand Rapids downtown regeneration and local healthcare improvements.
Dick Devos has donated thousands of dollars to education, religious and artistic organizations. The investments include a $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, $90M medical school, a $130M heart hospital and a $30M Downtown Market. Mr. and Mrs. Devos donated $500,000 to support a private study on Lake Macatawa. The research identified the sources of pollutants to the Lake.
I do recommend for one to read DeVos’ best-selling book titled ‘Rediscovering American Values,’ which was published in 1997. The book can be accessed in seven languages. He is twice National Champion sailor, a graduate of Northwood University, a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot. I do believe that Devos is an active civic leader and as led and facilitated for various local interests such as the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan and the Grand Action.