Born in 1955, Dick DeVos is an American author and businessman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Between 1993 and 2002, he served as the CEO of Amway corporation- a consumer goods distribution company co-founded by his father, Richard DeVos. He is currently the 11th United States secretary of Education. He is also an active civic leader, championing local interests such as a public aviation charter high school he established.
Having graduated from Forest Hills public school, Dick DeVos was introduced to the family business at an early stage. He would help out with everything during Amway’s annual conventions, from greeting attendees to ferrying guests during gatherings. This would later help him to speak in front of groups and also do product demonstrations.
Dick DeVos later joined Northwood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also enrolled at the Harvard Business School but did not complete his studies. Apart from receiving distinguished alumni recognition at Northwood University, he also claimed honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Grove City College.
His professional career started at Amway Corporation in 1974, holding several positions in manufacturing, finance, marketing, sales and research. After 10 years, he became the vice-president of Amway, with a role in the company’s operations in 18 countries. Under his stewardship, the company tripled its foreign sales for the first time. He would later become a part-owner, president and CEO of Orlando Magic basketball franchise along with his brother Doug.
Following the footsteps of his father, Dick DeVos has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities. He and his wife are regular donors and owners of foundations that focus on Christian and conservative organizations. He is the president of Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a family owned foundation that has donated millions to religious, educational, civic, artistic and community organizations. The family also share patriarch political leaning as evident when Dick DeVos vied for gubernatorial seat in 2006, but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Jennifer Granholm. His wife has also chaired the Michigan Republic Party.
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