Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and for most of his life he has used his business skills to help people. He worked with his family’s business, which was Amway, when he was younger, and eventually became its CEO years later. DeVos attended Northwood University and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration there. He has also been the recipient of honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Grove City College.
Dick DeVos has been making important changes in Michigan since he was a young man. His hard work is what led to the passing of legislation that turned Michigan into a right to work state. Before he pushed that legislation through, the state required its citizens to be part of a union in order to secure a job. DeVos ran to serve as governor of the state in 2006 but lost to the incumbent Democrat. Never one to give up, he has continued to support the GOP through large donations.
Thanks to Dick DeVos, a tragic mistake was avoided during the 1990s in Grand Rapids. Back then, there was an idea being considered that would see a multi-purpose sports and convention arena constructed near the city’s downtown. Plans seemed to be moving forward with the idea until DeVos decided to hop on the phone and make some calls. His lobbying efforts eventually put a stop to the building of the arena.
The reason that Dick DeVos was so concerned with these plans was because he had witnessed something similar a couple of decades prior. Detroit had constructed the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills, which was to be used by its sports teams. Unfortunately, the Detroit Pistons and Lions left the city after the arena was built, and this left Detroit with a huge financial headache. Grand Rapids was lucky that DeVos was around when it almost made the same mistake.
Dick DeVos has been a guiding caretaker in his hometown for a long time. His business skills are what led to Southwest Airlines running nonstop flights out of the Gerald R. For International Airport. Before he made a deal with Southwest, he had convinced Air Tran Airways to continue to serve the airport. It wasn’t long after that the airline was bought out by Southwest. Today, Grand Rapids is a thriving city that many come and go from to do business, and a lot its success can be attributed to the continued work of Dick DeVos.
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