Dick DeVos has spent his life in the business field and over the years he has put together an impressive resume. His longest held position started in 1993, where he helped co-found the Grand Action Committee. He has been with the company for 23 years now. He also became the President of Amway in 1993 where he ran the company successfully until leaving in 2002. During his tenure the company posted large profits, reporting $4.5 billion in sales during his final year there alone. As President of Amy he was in charge of all Amway operations in over 50 countries. Before taking the position as president he served as the company’s Vice-President. After leaving Amway in 2002 he became the President of the Windquest Group, a privately owned Michigan based investment management firm. He still holds that title today. DeVos, a religious man, became the Vice-Chairman of the Willow Creek Association. The group is a collection pastors throughout the country that specializes in improving leadership skills.
In 2010 Dick DeVos added two more positions to his already incredible resume, this time in the public sector. He earned a seat on the Board of Directors with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and as the Founder and Chairman of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is a high school that focuses on aviation skills for students who plan to go in the field. He remains with both groups today. DeVos also started the Education Freedom Fund, which has given out over 4,000 scholarships to students in Michigan.
He has also led several initiatives for the Grand Rapids downtown area helping raise millions of dollars in funding for a $75 million downtown arena, a $212 million convention center, a $130 million heart hospital, a $90 million medical school, and a $30 million Downtown Market. In 2006 he was a Republican candidate for Governor and is the author of New York Times best-selling book, “Rediscovering American Values“, which was published in 1997.