Dick DeVos is a philanthropist, a pilot, a celebrated sailor, a businessman, an author and an entrepreneur. He has been active in the American political scene as the Republican Gubernatorial candidate for Michigan. Mr. DeVos is also the CEO and president of The Windquest Group.
Mr. DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos who is the secretary of education in America and also an amazing woman. The couple started the Windquest Group in 1989. The company deals with investments in hospitality, technology, non-profit, clean energy, and manufacturing. His wife is the chairman of the company. The couple is a strong advocate of education, and they have been financially supporting underprivileged pupils at The Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids.
In 1990, Dick DeVos was elected to Michigan’s State Board of Education. The entrepreneur did this to ensure that all children get equal opportunities to schools in America. In 1993, the couple was also involved in passing the first Michigan charter-school bill. In 2000, they also unsuccessfully lobbied for the state constitution change to accept tax-credit vouchers or scholarships. As a way of fighting for the education rights of underprivileged children in America, Dick DeVos and the late John Walton founded a 527 political organization called All Children Matter.
His wife Betsy DeVos served as the chairman of the organization. His involvement in education choice and love for aviation led him to start a charter high school. The school is called the West Michigan Aviation Academy, and it is located in Grand Rapids Gerald Ford Airport. The school has an aviation mechanics and science curriculum. The children who attend it also get the chance of getting technician training and they also practically fly once they get to ninth grade. In addition to this, the pupils also get a first-hand opportunity to pursue pilot training if they desire to learn more.
About Dick Devos
Other positions that Dick DeVos has held in the past include the Amway president and Orlando Magic NBA president. Amway is a brainchild of his father Richard DeVos, and he has been involved in it ever since he was very young. Mr. DeVos and his wife are the founders of a charity organization called the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Dick DeVos attended The Northwood University, and he graduated with a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree. In addition to this, he also attended the executive study programs in Wharton’s School and The Harvard Business School. However, he didn’t graduate from these schools. Nonetheless, he has honorary doctorates which he received from Northwood University, Grove City College, and Central Michigan University. Dick DeVos got married to Besty DeVos over thirty-five years ago. The couple has six grandchildren and seven children.
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