Dick DeVos is an American executive who discovered the art of transforming his diverse talents into a passion. Even as a kid, this seasoned entrepreneur was actively involved in handling some task on behalf of his family business. He has excellent academic qualifications, thriving businesses, and several charitable organizations that are running smoothly due to his generous contributions. DeVos is both a political donor and an active politician. In 2006, he participated in the highly contested Michigan’s gubernatorial race but Jennifer Granholm clinched the seat.
Profession expertise and business prospects
Dick DeVos has an in-depth knowledge and professional expertise of launching new entrepreneurial ventures. He is a fully trained business administrator and knows how to solve grand challenges facing the ever-evolving corporate world. Academic wise, DeVos is admirably well-spoken – he holds an undergrad in Business Administration from the highly renowned Northwood University.
DeVos started handling serious management matters of his family business (Amway Corporation) in 1974. For a decade, he moved from one department to another, holding several leadership positions. Amway’s department that benefited from his effective leadership style includes research and development, finance, manufacturing, sales, as well as marketing. DeVos’ breakthrough at Amway came when he was named one of the VP responsible for managing the firm’s day-to-day operations in 18 countries. Under his exceptional leadership, the global sales grew massively to surpass the national ones. He had the privilege to manage Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise for the duration of three years. He held the position of the president and CEO.
Dick DeVos made a high-status return to Amway Corporation back in 1993 and took up the position of president, which was formerly held by his father. He managed the firm’s daily activities in 50 nations throughout six continents. In his final lap as the head of Amway, it registered sales of about $4.5 million.
Making a difference
Other than an impressive career in the business world, DeVos has been an active participant in numerous community initiatives. He has awarded grants to renowned community organizations and served as a board member of several international foundations. He formed the Education Freedom Fund that allowed over 4,000 underprivileged kids in Michigan to obtain a quality education. He has led the campaign of boosting healthcare infrastructures and equipment in the Grand Rapids Area.