Dick Devos: Businessman and Philanthropist

Have you seen the news from the Devos camp? Dick Devos just managed to get in on the Washington circle by joining the Federal Aviation Administration. While many have known his wife for years, as she is Betsy Devos the US Education Secretary, Dick Devos is mainly known from his days as the president and CEO of Amway. While he is no longer working under Amway, he has been helping the aviation industry for quite some time through his partnership with the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.


In the 1990s, Devos started to work with many of the business leaders in the area. His hometown of Grand Rapids was growing much slower than he wanted. He saw plenty of opportunity but not too many of the business leaders were taking action. He wanted to do something. He helped set up the Grand Action committee, which led to the founding and building of many areas downtown, including the Devos Performing Arts Center.


While many people don’t realize that Dick Devos has such a passion for aviation, he has multiple jet licenses, helicopter licenses, and he co-founded an aviation academy. The school is located on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school helps students learn about becoming a pilot as well as aviation. The academy provides training on the Gerald R. Ford international airport grounds.


Devos knows a few different people in aviation business, so he has been working with them to help support the airport in Grand Rapids. After all, he wanted to see the city rise with new growth and jobs. So he focused on bringing in more revenue to the airport itself. This led to a $45 million renovation that was bringing in a new business traveler’s center, food court, and upgraded technology in the terminals.


Devos is a quintessential business partner to have because he can pinpoint problems and come up with solutions pretty fast. He’s one of the reasons that the airport was able to expand so quickly throughout the 2000s. In fact, in 2018 a new renovation will be completed and bring about a new era for travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.


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