The former President of the AmWay Group, Dick DeVos, is a man I have great respect for because of his impressive business career, and the way he has used his wealth to help those in need throughout the world. I first became aware of Dick DeVos when he was handed the difficult task of finding success with the Orlando Magic NBA franchise after it was purchased by the DeVos family; not only did the present day board member of the Magic find success, but proved himself to such an extent he was handed the position of President of the entire AmWay Group. DeVos has been working for the AmWay group since the 1970s in various departments, but also created his own Windquest Holdings company he remains the President of that invests in various forms of green energy and companies that match his personal belief system.
For Dick DeVos success has given him the chance to assist those he feels are in need of help in the Michigan area he calls home and around the world, which has seen him become a board member of the Willow Creek Association and Grand Action committee that hopes to bring success back to Michigan.
It is in the area of education I have been most impressed with Dick DeVos and the dedication shown to reforming U.S. schools by Dick and wife Betsy. The couple have been major campaigners and donors to the area of education reform, which has included their commitment to a range of options, such as joining the board of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. I first heard about the Aviation Academy when Betsy DeVos devised the school in honor of her husband and his love of flying; I was amazed to recently read Dick DeVos has the time and energy to also sit on the board of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan he founded in 2010.