Have you seen the latest from Washington? Capitol Hill is a buzz with the rise of a new political couple. They have supported each other for many years, but now Betsy and Dick Devos are looking like a prime political family with Dick Devos now joining his wife in Washington. What will Devos be doing? It’s actually something a little different than most people expect from a powerful businessman like Dick Devos.
For years, everyone knew Devos as the CEO and president of Amway. Now they recognize him as a business leader who has been helping companies gain more ground with new sales opportunities. He is also a great philanthropist, working on projects that build up cities in Michigan, particularly in Grand Rapids, which is his home town.
Grand Rapids has been a place for Devos to explore his philanthropy as well as his aviation love. He has been working with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for some time. Now he will be working with the FAA on their Management Advisory Council. The council is a new venture for FAA after it was challenged by Donald Trump to be more advanced like other airports around the world. This includes putting in place new, updated policies and regulations.
The council consists of 13 members. Most of the members are from transportation authorities and airline executive backgrounds, so Devos is one of the only ones with business experience. However, that’s not all that Devos brings to the table. He is also the co-founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Along with his wife, the couple decided to support charter schools by creating one of their own. It’s located on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds and supports students learning about becoming pilots.
Education and business are two areas where Devos excels. He has been showing that through his work with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Throughout the 2000s, he helped the airport bring in new sales by expanding flights through Air Tran Airways and then Southwest. The airlines have also helped to expand the airport with a $45 million funding that would deliver a new business traveler center and food court area to the airport.
Devos has been working with the CEO of the airport since the 1990s, which is why he began to grow in popularity for business leaders in the area. He even worked with his charity to donate over $134 million in charity to the area.
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