Dick DeVos has always supported plans and ideas that make his hometown of Grand Rapids a better place to live in. As an entrepreneur and supporter of the Republican party in the state of Michigan, he has done his best to get behind the right projects that will do so. There have been many great ideas put forward that would move Grand Rapids forward but not every idea is a winner. He has learned this through experience and followed his gut when he decided to start lobbying against a plan that was being proposed to construct a sports and convention arena in the city of Grand Rapids.
For Dick DeVos, the problem wasn’t with the arena itself but where it was located and what it was being dedicated to. He was a live when the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills was constructed, and he saw how detrimental it had been to the city of Detroit when the sports teams it was built for vacated Detroit during the 1970s. During his campaign to convince the city to not build the arena, he was a leading part of the building of Grand Action. This organization is comprised of business leaders who have been responsible for many other buildings in the city that have improved it in a spread of different ways.
Dick DeVos is also a passionate pilot who was recently chosen to be a member of the Management Advisory Council, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration. He joined six other new members and will now help to advise the senior management of the organization. He will be a part of the Management Advisory Council for 3 years and will continue to serve in his other private and public positions. In the past, Dick DeVos has served as the CEO of Amway and is now the company’s president. He is also the CEO of The Windquest Group and also serves the world as a philanthropist through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.
As a supporter of educational reform, Dick DeVos started up the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a charter school he founded in 2010 that focuses on preparing younger students to work in the aviation sector. The school is located within Grand Rapid’s Gerald R. Ford Airport and has grown rapidly over the years. Dick has also supported the educational sector through large donations and hopes to see the United States become a place where its children can afford to go to a school of their family’s choosing.
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