Dick DeVos is one of those special kinds of people who always focus on giving more than they take. He has served in many different positions during his career and has made a huge difference in Michigan where he has worked on improving the state’s school system and so much more. DeVos was recently brought in to serve with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) top board, which exists to help steer the organization in the right direction. He will be working with the group for 3 years, and during this time, he is expected to continue to manage all of his other business affairs. As a pilot and a man who continues to be interested in the aviation industry, the position is a perfect fit for him.
In the past, Dick DeVos has served with Amway as its president, and he is now working with The Windquest Group where he serves as its chief executive officer. The company is in existence to invest in various companies in the clean energy sector, manufacturing industry, and the technology sector. DeVos also ran to serve as governor of Michigan but didn’t succeed as he lost to the incumbent Democrat Jennifer Granholm. With this being said, he has been able to make a huge difference in the political scene in the state as he has continued to be a mega GOP donor. He was also responsible for passing legislation that changed Michigan from a state where a resident had to join a union to secure a job to one where anyone can gain employment, regardless of their union status.
In 1991, Dick DeVos saw something he didn’t like in a plan that was being considered by Grand Rapids, Michigan to build a sports arena and convention center near its downtown area. While many others seemed clueless, he could recall a very similar incident that took place in Detroit during the 1970s when its sports teams the Lions and Pistons left the city high and dry. Detroit had just built the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills for its favorite teams. When they left the city afterwards, Detroit had a large bill to deal with and no sports teams to bring in people to fill the seats of the arena. He wasn’t going to let the same thing happen in Grand Rapids.
Dick DeVos quickly began to lobby against the idea, and during his lobbying efforts, he helped to create Grand Action. This group is full of business leaders from the area who care deeply about the city. Since its creation, Grand Action has helped to construct many of the city’s most important buildings. Today, Dick DeVos continues to work hard for his hometown as well as the rest of Michigan and the people of the United States.
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