Dick DeVos is a name that you will hear commonly get mentioned where some of the men with a decorated career and huge philanthropists are mentioned. Coming from a family that has deep roots in business, Dick, son of Richard DeVos, is also a talented entrepreneur and businessman.
Dick DeVos, the 61 year old gentleman was born and raised in Michigan. Therefore, it is no surprise that his career has its foundation in the area. Growing up in family that conducted business in the house, Dick DeVos had the opportunity to indulge himself in business, from quite an early age. Hence, it is true to say that his career began at Amway. However, he was only recruited to work for the company officially in the year 1974.
Working at Amway saw him serve the firm in various capacities. With hard work and dedication, he climbed up the various levels and finally got to the top management after a decade. Being appointed the vice president of the company, saw him charged with the responsibility of overseeing the operations of the company in more than 15 countries.
After serving Amway for a few more years, he decided to go solo and start his own businesses using the experience, knowledge and skills that he had acquired working for Amway. It is then that he decided to start the Windquest Group. The company serves in different sectors of the economy, including manufacturing and technology.
Being a very businessman, Dick DeVos, is guided into giving back to the society, by his firm belief in the power of charity. Together with his family, they founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The foundation is involved in various charity projects all over Michigan. You will find them contributing to education, civic, health and artistic charity projects.
Dick DeVos biggest donation of all time has been to arts. He is reported to have donated approximately $ 20 Million to Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. This was recorded as the biggest donation that the institution ever received. The donation saw center change name to DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
His next biggest charity is on education. In conjunction with Northwood University and Thunderbird School of Global Management, DeVos offers various scholarship programs to students undertaking selected degrees. He also started the very first aviation charter school in the United States.