Dick DeVos is an author, entrepreneur, highly successful businessperson, public servant, activist, philanthropist, jet, and helicopter pilot and is married to Betsey DeVos, the present Secretary of Education. His father, Richard DeVos, the father of four children, is the Co-founder of Amway. Amway, a distribution company of consumer goods, is a multi-billion dollar, multi-level marketing business, founded in 1959.


Dick DeVos work history is primarily serving in some executive positions at Amway. He was the Vice President of Amway. As the President of Amway International, from 1993 to 2002, Amway enjoyed gross sales of $4.5 billion dollars at the end of Dick DeVos’s tenure as President.


Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955, and is the eldest of his siblings. Dick DeVos and Secretary DeVos have been married for the past 37 years. They have seven children and five grandchildren. He graduated from Northwood University. Dick DeVos has received many honors and civic awards.


For the bulk of Dick DeVos’s life, he has dedicated himself to his families business, taking on many positions. I found that dedication is the key word in the entire DeVos’s family.


The DeVos formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, to serve Grand Rapids area in Michigan, which is in the Western part of Michigan. Because of the political and religious divide between the Western and Eastern parts of Michigan, the Western part of Michigan has enjoyed the largest of the DeVos’s philanthropy and has received donations of millions of dollars to civic, artistic, religious, and educational organizations.


A small sample of the recipients of the gifts is Kids Hope USA, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Mars Hill Bible Church, Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian Schools.


As a resident of Eastern Michigan, I can understand the political point of view but to reject donations based upon devotion to Christianity, harms not only Eastern Michigan’s children and private institutions but also denies one of the core tenets of Christianity, which is to give of you to others.


The Foundation has committed $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management. The Republican versus Democrat label is blurred when the DeVos’s, avid Republicans, made this contribution. The Institute was appropriately renamed to be the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. The Thunderbird School of Global Management has been recognized to receive the Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship for students entering the MA, MS, or MBA programs at the Thunderbird. This award has been specifically earmarked for students from developing nations.


In 1968, I became a distributor for Amway products but decided to continue my college education. Did I make the right choice? I have always wondered.

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