Dick DeVos is a successful American businessman who has been involved in many different groundbreaking enterprises. He is originally from Michigan and attended Northwood University. DeVos went to public school and has dedicated much of his life to the concept of education.
Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos Sr. Richard DeVos Sr is the co-founder of Amway. Dick DeVos watched the company evolve in the family’s home. He and his siblings participated as young children. They played very simple roles in the company as kids such as doing chores and hosting potential clients.
Dick DeVos returned from college and began work with his father’s company in 1974. He took the process at Amway very serious. DeVos embraced every role that he was given. This led to him working in many different divisions throughout the organization. DeVos was able to refine his skills in manufacturing, sales, marketing and personnel management.
The DeVos family entered the world of professional sports when Richard DeVos Sr purchased the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Richard DeVos Sr took the role as president initially. However, he divided ownership equally amongst his children. Dick DeVos participated in the running of the Orlando Magic before returning to Amway as its president.
Amway had obtained a parent company called Alticor. DeVos was appointed as the overseer of a restructuring of Amway’s corporate operations. The company continued to expand with interest in over 50 countries and the six continents. Dick DeVos eventually stepped down from Alticor in August of 2002 and joined Windquest.
Dick DeVos has four children with his wife Betsy. They established the Dick and Betsy DeVos scholarship in 2008. They support students at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The foundation is particularly focused on those from developing countries. The scholarship is officially called The Betsy and Dick DeVos scholarship for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship scholarship. It is an option for those students who are seeking to earn a BBA or MBA from Northwood University.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation is also heavily involved in funding for the arts. The foundation committed 22.5 million dollars to the Kennedy Center Arts Institute of Management. The institute was later named The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. The institute focuses on training for arts managers and development of board members in the United States of America and also internationally.
The foundation of the training is the capacity building programs. It provides technical assistance for managers and their boards via seminars. There are also web chat options and on-site consultations. The DeVos donation was the largest of its kind in the history of the Kennedy Center. It came at a time when Michigan was suffering from a heavy recession.
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