The life and accomplishments of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur born on October 21, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a young boy, he worked in the family business called Amway. He recalls the basement of his house being used as an office and people conducting business there. He and his brother worked as mini-hosts assigned to greet attendees at annual conventions. In 1974, he began holding positions at Amway Corporation in many departments including research and development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and finance. Ten years later, he became one of Amway’s vice presidents, with the responsibility for the company’s operation in 18 different countries. Under his management, the company opened numerous markets and tripled international sales and exceeded domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history. DeVos graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also attended Harvard Business School but he never finished his education there. His wife Betsy DeVos used to be a chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party, they have been married for 35 years and have seven children and five grandchildren. In 1991, he became the NBA’s Orlando Magic team’s President and CEO. In January 1993, he resigned this position to return to Amway to be its president, becoming more successful than his father before him. Upon his return, the firm went on to expand operations to more than 50 countries and territories on six continents. Besides business positions, Dick DeVos has been involved in many community services. He is the founder of the Education Freedom Fund that has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to poor and impoverished children in Michigan. One school in particular called the West Michigan Aviation Academy has served on the State Board of Education. Dick DeVos also has a best-selling book called “Rediscovering American Values” that was published in 1997 and is available in seven different languages. In my opinion that is amazing.

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