Dick DeVos is a leading Republican financier and he is also the son of Richard DeVos the founder of Amway. Devos has grown up in a wealthy environment where his family is considered one of the most prominent within the state of Michigan. Grand Rapids, Michigan is the city where DeVos name really flourishes. DeVos is known here for his charitable contributions, political support and for his outstanding work ethic.
Throughout his long and prosperous life, Dick DeVos was a hard working young man and adult. When he was a child, the young lad would assist his father with some miscellaneous tasks around the office. His siblings and he would help co-workers with refreshments or tasks they needed to be completed around the office.
Devos would also assist clients who visited Amway with their needs as well. At some public functions and social outings he would assist guest to areas where they needed to be. Devos performed this kind of work for many years from elementary all the way up until high school. Once he arrived in high school he started to take on more serious roles with his father companies. He would be involved with public speaking sessions for the company and he was also responsible for giving product demonstrations.
While he was not yet running the company, he was learning the business from the bottom up. Devos eventually went on to college and earned a business degree from Northwood University. Once Devos earned that degree from Northwood; he was now qualified to operate in various positions for his father’s company.
Devos worked in areas of the organization which included research and development, marketing, finance, sales and manufacturing. He virtually learned just about every facet of the business. This knowledge would then soon help him to become one of the most successful vice president’s that the company has ever had. After 6-years of being vice president, Devos pushed the company’s overseas sales from 5% to 50%. His work speaks for itself.
Richard Devos purchased the Orlando Magic basketball team back in 1991. By 2005, Richard decided to split ownership of his team between his children. Dick Devos became a co-owner of this franchise and has been helping to steer it in the right direction in terms of profitability and financial success.
Dick Devos was also the president of his father’s company. He left the Orlando Magic to perform this duty. After he helped the company to succeed one more time, he then took over the leadership of a company called Alticor. Alticor is another family organization that helps entrepreneurial ideas get off the ground.
Eventually, Devos left Alticor and became President of the Windquest Group. Devos has also being staying busy with other endeavors as well. He is a leading member on Michigan’s State Board of Education and he is a very much involved with the religious community within the state. He also ran for governor, makes numerous contribution with his wife (Betsy) and is constantly lending his expertise to his family enterprises. Dick Devos is truly a busy man who has worked hard over his long and amazing career.