I have always been amazed at the way the Grand Rapids, Michigan based business leader Dick DeVos finds the time to be such an effective campaigner for education reform when he leads such an effective and profitable business career. Dick first came to my attention through his time spent as the President of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise in 1991 where he proved his doubters wring in believing his age and experience levels would work against him in the roles of President and CEO. None of us should have underestimated the chances of success for Dick DeVos as I believe he had already proven himself to be a business success with the AmWay Corporation.
Despite being the son of AmWay founder Rich DeVos, Dick was never given a career at the corporation without having earned a promotion first; I believe the decade working in various sectors of the company provided Dick DeVos with a grounding that has helped him achieve success in all the business interests he has since pursued. In 1986, Dick was finally appointed to an executive position at AmWay in the difficult role of international sales director where he excelled in providing an increase in sales from just five percent of those recorded by AmWay to more than 50 percent by 1991 when Dick joined the Orlando Magic.
In my own opinion, Dick DeVos understands the need for all businesses to look for ways of developing for the future, which is something the Northwood University graduate did with AmWay over the course of a number of years. Now seen as the number one direct sales company in the U.S., AmWay was restructured with the Alticor holding company in control under the leadership of Dick DeVos who I believe ensured the future of the company to be bright throughout the 21st century. I believe Dick DeVos wants to achieve as much as possible in his life and believed he had completed his work with AmWay when he announced his retirement in 2002. Dick DeVos is now estimated to have a personal wealth of over $5 billion and continues to find success with his own Windquest Group he and wife Betsy use to make seize their own investment opportunities.