Early in the 1990’s the city of Grand Rapids began to put together an idea that would see a multi-use sports and convention arena constructed north of its downtown area. The plan was released to the public, and while it may have seemed like a good idea to many, there was one man who knew better. That man was Dick DeVos, and he had been through this whole song and dance in the past. It was during the 1970’s that the Detroit Pistons as well as the Lions left that city. In their wake, they left the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills, which had been built for them, specifically. This had been detrimental to the city of Detroit, and Dick wasn’t having it in his own city of Grand Rapids.
Instead of sitting around and complaining, Dick DeVos decided to do something about it. He began a lobbying effort that culminated with the creation of Grand Action, which is a group comprised of business leaders whom were the main reasons for the building of a spread of important buildings in the city of Grand Rapids. Dick has always done everything he could to make his city a better place, and he has participated in the politics in his home-state of Michigan to help even more. He was a part of the law that allowed workers in the state of Michigan to get jobs without having to be a part of a union, and he also ran for to serve as governor of Michigan.
As a man who has always wanted to do more, even though he has his hands full helping as many people as he already can, Dick DeVos worked with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation has donated more than $138 million to arts and culture, basic human services, the health and wellness of people, churches, programs that foster leadership skills, and policy initiatives related to reforming the educational system and helping people to place their children in private schools. He also started up a charter school known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which has grown from 80 students to 600 students currently.
Dick DeVos has always been an entrepreneur and a businessman who learned some of the ropes of business from his father who was the co-founder of Amway. He sat as the CEO of Amway for close to a decade and made a lot of progress for the company while in the position. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while studying at Northwood University and attended Harvard Business School as well as the Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs. He is recognized as an alumni at Northwood University and received an honorary doctorate from the college. He also received an honorary doctorate from Grove City College and Central Michigan University. Today, Dick DeVos continues to focus on making his state and city a better place and serves as an inspiration to everyone who knows him.
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