Why Dick DeVos – One of the Greatest American entrepreneur-businessman and Philanthropist

The Kennedy Center has blown past its goal of fundraising for an expansion project that is planned. But instead of ending the campaign, it ended its target by another 50 million dollars. According to a press release by Kennedy Center, I believe the campaign is said to have locked up 135.9 million dollars for the project that was approved, which was going to include, a pedestrian bridge that was to link the Kennedy Center with the pavilion, a river pavilion (currently riverfront). Also, not forgetting a huge extension of the center with new educational, pavilions, as well as rehearsal spaces, dining space, and offices. The Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $1 million.

 

Dick DeVos was born on Oct. 21, 1955. He’s an American entrepreneur-businessman as well as an author from Michigan. He’s the son of Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder. Dick served Consumer goods distribution company as a chief executive officer from 1993 to 2002. I can say that generally, Dick spent his career in business working in various executive positions at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Amway, as well as The Windquest Group, where the successful entrepreneur is currently working as its President.

 

When Dick was Amway’s president from 1993 to 2002, he was responsible for all the aspects of the operations of the company in 50 nations and six continents. In the fiscal year of Dick’s service, Amway reported amazing sales of 4.5 billion dollars. Dick is a true leader, under his leadership, Amway opened new markets as well as triple global sales to surpass domestic sales, and by that time this had never happened in the history of the company. He became Orlando Magic’s CEO and President in 1991 when his family (the DeVos) acquired the team, a role that Dick held for three consecutive years.

 

Well, Dick is not a businessman, he’s also a kind-hearted philanthropist; he has been a leader in various community initiatives. He launched the Education Freedom Fund; the fund has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to children in Michigan who are underprivileged, and WMAA (West Michigan Aviation Academy), which is a High School that aims at providing a precise program of education through an aviation focus. He has also served on the SBOE (State Board of Education).

 

Dick has led as co-chair/chair several Grand Rapids area downtown rejuvenation as well as regional healthcare improvements, including a 75-million-dollar arena, a 212-million-dollar convention center, a 130-million-dollar heart hospital, a 90-million-dollar medical school, as well as a 30-million-dollar Downtown Market.

 

To learn more, visit http://dickdevos.com/.

Betsy DeVos in Action, Expect the Education Reform in Full Swing

Betsy DeVos, the current Education Secretary of United States, is recognized as an education reformer and significant amount of her life is spent on improving the quality of the education. As a person who watched her closely for decades, I expect some radical changes in the education sector that would bring quality offerings to our children. What makes her very special in the role? I must say that her understanding of critical issues and solutions to that. She is not someone who just contributes some amount or does educational activism, but she donates as well as stand in front of the initiative. DeVos framed a number of solutions to address the waning quality of education which was once considered to be the case study for other countries. Her answers such as school of choice, school voucher program, school grading system, etc., can totally transform the education sector. I am pretty sure that if there is an environment of competition between schools created for providing better quality education, it can change the fate of our education system. Her efforts to popularize charter school system also got greater acceptance and even Democrats are supporting it in many states. Check this related article from nypost.com.

DeVos says what forced her into education and the activities to improve the quality of it. Her mother was a public school teacher, and she understood only sincere efforts could make any revolutionary changes. When DeVos wanted to send her children to school, she learned that not everyone in America is able to access the quality education. Moreover, there are ZIP codes where the children are not able to follow the American dream due to lack of quality. I can quote a number of examples for this and are delighted with the appointment of DeVos as she shares a vision to give equal education opportunities in terms of quality to every child irrespective of location, race, language, gender etc. She is deeply committed to her vision, and that is the reason, I welcome her in the new role and wish her all the best.

Betsy Devos assisted at-risk children from public schools in the Grand Rapids as their in-school mentor for 15-years. She worked closely with students, teachers, and parents to understand various issues and to frame most effective solutions. Before being appointed as the Education Secretary DeVos was the chairman of The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment management firm. She is equally supporting art initiatives as well and serves on the boards of many organizations that are working for the betterment of education or arts, or charitable foundations. It includes ArtPrize, Kids Hope USA, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Mars Hill Bible Church. DeVos completed her Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.