Have you seen the news from the FAA? They have recently begun issuing new policies and regulations as part of their new phase to grow the aviation industry in America. There have been several months of meetings between the FAA and its new Management Advisory Council. The council was founded in 2016 and is comprised of former transportation authorities, airline business executives, and Dick Devos.
Husband to Betsy Devos, the new US Education Secretary, Dick Devos has been working with the FAA and provided lots of advise on how to help with the current issues facing airline sales in America, as well as issues that involve the education and training of pilots. Did you think that Devos was this knowledgeable on aviation? Most don’t realize that the avid pilot has multiple licenses and flies his own jets.
Of course, many have heard of his wife as she campaigns for education reform across the United States, but Dick Devos plays a different game. He wants to enter the political realm through the FAA and has been advising the agency on how to pick up growth for the next few years. He has plenty of experience, being the former head of Amway, as well as the current founder of The Windquest Group.
However, the decision was mainly based on his work with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The airport was founded in the early 1900s but recently hit a downtown spiral in the 1990s. However, Devos has been working with the CEO to rectify those sales issues, which includes making a few phone calls to his pals in airlines as well. In fact, Devos is famous for calling the Air Tran Airways CEO and asking him to help expand the Gerald R. Ford Airport terminals. He proposed that this would bring in lots of new business, and it did, resulting in a heavy increase of traffic for the airport.
Now almost a decade later, the airport will be undergoing a $45 million renovation that includes a new business center, food court, and technology upgrades. What’s more intriguing is that the airlines at the airport are paying for the renovations. This means that the CEO will have a completely new airport within a year.
The airport is just one of the passion projects for Devos who spends time in his hometown working with a variety of business leaders under a group called Grand Action.
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