Dick DeVos is a successful businessman and author from Michigan. DeVos did come from a wealthy and successful family. Aside from being a successful businessman, DeVos hs always had an interest in Politics. Dick DeVos even ran for Governor of Michigan. Even though DeVos did not win the race for Governor he was grateful for the opportunity as well as the experienced that he gained.
Dick DeVos was involved with the family business from a very young age. The family business was a company called Amway. Dick DeVos officially began working for Amway in 1974. DeVos held various position while with Amway. Positions that Dick DeVos held include Research & Development, Manufacturing as well as Sales.
After a decade of hard work with Amway, DeVos became a Vice President in 1984. After becoming one of Amway’s VP’s, DeVos was responsible for operation management which covered 18 countries. Dick DeVos work hard and was able to open various new markets which were quite profitable to Amway. For the first time in years, under Devos direction foreign sales began to exceed targeted expectations.
After 18 years with Amway, DeVos decided to leave the company to pursue other interests. Dick DeVos was a valuable asset to Amway and many hated to see him go.
After leaving Amway, Devos father made a decision to purchase the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise. Within a matter of month Dick DeVos became part owner of the basketball franchise.
Eventually, Dick DeVos gave up his ownership rights that he had with the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise and returned to Amway. Dick DeVos quickly became President of Amway after rejoining the company. The company embarked on an expansion project which turned out to be quite successful.
Devos and his partner were credited with taking Amway Global. In addition, Dick DeVos was able to successfully set new standards as Amway tested out new and profitable markets. After some restructuring and internal changes Amway eventually changed its name to Alticor.
Dick DeVos decided to retire from Alticor in 2002. By this time under the direction of DeVos Alticor gross sales exceeded $6 billion dollars. After leaving Alticor, DeVos founded an investment firm called the Windquest Group. Dick DeVos became President as well as owner of the Windquest Group.
The Windquest Group focused on technology as well as manufacturing. The Windquest Group began working closely with Electra-Therm Company. Electra-Therm provided additional as well as advanced technology services and consulting.
Dick Devos currently holds a Bachelor degree in Business from Northwood University. In addition, DeVos later attended Harvard Business School to earn credits toward his MBA. However, Devos did not finish the MBA Business Program at Harvard.
Aside from business, DeVos became involved with educational issues involving children. DeVos along with his wife became heavily involved with school voucher programs. Dick DeVos also became co-chairman of an organization called “Kids First”. This organization is in charge of amending certain programs which will allow vouchers as well as tax credits for private education.