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.

Vijay Eswaran Award Winning Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Vijay Eswaran, the CEO of QNET and the founder of the QI Group, is a
successful entrepreneur and philanthropist alike. He has even been
referred to as a saint by affiliates of his direct selling
conglomerate. Vijay Eswaran received CEO of the year in 2013 by the
Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia and his company QNET was
more recently voted one of twenty best companies to work for in Asia,
by HR Journal Group. The fate of the QI Group and QNET were
solidified when Vijay Eswaran and his partner attained the rights to
sell commemorative coins for the Sydney 2000 Olympics in 1998. It
was always in Dr. Eswarans vision to help his fellow man to achieve
higher economic status. His partner and himself came up with a
formula to merge direct selling and e-commerce. In 1999 the company
was recognized as one of the first Asian companies to use and master
online network marketing techniques. This enabled his company to
reach out and provide services to customers and affiliated businesses
all over the world.

From the beginning of Dr. Eswaran’s entrepreneurial journey he lived and
worked by wise words passed on by his father, “Service above Self.”
It is his dedication to personal customer service and daring to
never give up that brought his business from humble beginnings to the
multinational conglomerate he now runs. Over the years he has said
in interviews that he has realized that great employees have less
commonly assessed attributes such as being as determined, true and
loyal to a shared goal as he is. He extends this somewhat familial
viewpoint further than just his employees and works to change the
lives of people outside of his company as well according to gulfnews.com.

Vijay Eswaran’s first largely publicized philanthropic work was to hire
Disney on Ice for 200 orphaned children in Malaysia. Over the years
QNET has sponsored hundreds of children, actively participated in
natural disaster relief, made donations to relief organizations, sent
disabled children to major sporting events and the list goes on. For
this man even that is not enough, he wants to build a completely
green Harvard of the East and has been doing just this in partnership
with Blair Education Services and the Sate of Perak, Malaysia.