Like me, most of us probably know of Dick DeVos for the work he completed with the AmWay Group throughout the majority of his working life, but after completing a little research I was pleased to see this only forms a small part of the work of the Grand Rapids, Michigan native. As a member of the AmWay Group Dick spent almost four decades working with the company and brought unprecedented levels of success to the business founded by his father; I believe the six year period from 1986 onwards was the era that made the name of Dick DeVos when he increased the annual income of the international sales of the company tenfold.
Eventually, Dick DeVos made his way to the position of President of AmWay after proving his worth as the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise owned by the DeVos family at the time. My impression of Dick as an excellent business leader was only proved to be correct when his restructuring of AmWay led to even greater success than the company had achieved in the past. In 2003 I was shocked when Dick DeVos decided to step down as President of the restructured AmWay group and retire from major business dealings; however, Dick has not stood idly by, but has continued to seek out investments that interest and excite him along with his wife Betsy as the leaders of The Windquest Group.
Perhaps the area Dick and Betsy DeVos have become most associated with are the education reform programs they became involved in back in the 1970s when this movement was seen as being a radical group; Dick and Betsy began seeking reform in their home state of Michigan and have now spread their work across 17 states in the U.S. In my opinion the work of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to bring continued economic success to various parts of the U.S. will form a major part of the legacy of the couple in Michigan and beyond.