The Work Life of Dick DeVos
Richard Marvin DeVos Jr, also known as Dick DeVos is a prominent businessman and entrepreneur based in Michigan. He is the husband to the current education Secretary, Betsy DeVos and is the eldest son of one of the richest men in Michigan, Richard DeVos Snr. But even with his father being listed as the 67th wealthiest man in the US, Dick DeVos has built a name for himself too. He is a self-accomplished businessman who loves to donate to charitable courses that positively influence the lives of the undeserved.
Dick DeVos studied in the Forest Hill public school system. He attended Northwood University where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and later joined Harvard University followed by Wharton School, taking some executive courses. Dick also had his honorary doctorates from three renowned institutions including Northwood University, Grove City College, and Central Michigan University.
From a young age, Dick DeVos was always involved in his family’s business. At the time, Amway was just a small company that would be operated in their house’s basement. Therefore, being involved in small activities of the business was inevitable. The environment molded him to be a successful businessman.
At the age of 19 years, he officially began working for Amway. He would be assigned various responsibilities including research, marketing, sales, and product development. He helped various support positions until the year 1984. Having been with Amway for a whole decade, proving himself, he was promoted to be a VP of the company. He was in charge of over 18 countries beyond North America. As a VP of the company, Dick DeVos led the company to opening more foreign branches and for the first time, he was able to grow foreign sales to exceed local sales.
In the year 1993, DeVos was appointed president of Amway. Then, his father was just stepping down and appointed Dick as his successor. He worked as president of Amway for 9 years. During this time, he led to the expansion of the company in more than 50 countries, all over the world. In the year 2002, when DeVos left Amway, he joined Windquest Group. The Windquest Group is an investment management company that focusses on a variety of sectors.
Dick DeVos along with his wife, Betsy DeVos, founded the Dick and Besy DeVos Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that supports various courses including leaderships, arts, education, community and religion. With this foundation, he and his family donates to the undeserved in a number of ways. He gives scholarships to needy students and is even known to have started the first aviation charter school.
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