Dick DeVos is a man of many accomplishments. Besides a long and successful career in business, he has many accomplishments as a community leader and is a devoted family man.
DeVos’ business career includes executive positions with the Windquest Group, The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, and Amway.
He is currently President of the Windquest Group.
As Vice President of Amway International, DeVos supervised operations in 18 countries. Under DeVos’ leadership, Amway reached new markets and, for the first time, exceeded domestic sales. It also tripled international sales.
When he became President of Amway, a position he held from 1993 to 2002, DeVos was in charge of all operations on six continents and 50 countries. In DeVos’ last fiscal year, Amway’s sales reached $4.5 billion.
DeVos’ family acquired the Orlando Magic in 1991. He served as President and CEO for three years.
Dick DeVos is not only a successful businessman. He has led many community initiatives.
He founded the Education Freedom Fund, awarding scholarships to Michigan’s underprivileged (more than 4,000 awarded). He established the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a high school offering education with a focus on aviation. And he has served on the State Board of Education.
DeVos has been chair/co-chair of revitalization projects in downtown Grand Rapids and regional health care improvements. These improvements include a $212 million convention center, a $75 million arena, a $90 million medical school, a $30 million Downtown Market, and a $130 million heart hospital.
He ran for Governor as a Republican candidate in 2006.
In 1997 he published his book “Rediscovering American Values,” a New York Times bestseller. It is available in seven languages.
DeVos is a graduate of Northwood University, a two-time National champion sailor, and a pilot of jet aircraft and helicopters.
Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have been married for 35 years. They have seven children and five grandchildren.