Dick DeVos Biography
A graduate of Northwood University, Dick DeVos has spent his career working in a variety of positions at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group.
While working at Amway DeVos held responsibility for all aspects of operation and strategic planning in 50 countries and six continents for Alticor, including its subsidiary companies Amway Corporation and Access Business Group. In his final fiscal year ending August, 2002, Alticor reported sales of $4.5 billion with nealry 80% coming from outside North America.
Pryor to assuming the Presidency, he served as Amway’s Vice President – International, where he held responsibility for the company’s operations in 18 countries. Under his leadership, the company opened new markets and tripled international sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in company history.
Along with his career, DeVos is active in a wide range of community initiatives. He chaired the Education Freedom Fund, which awarded more than 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan, has served on the State Board of Education, and has served as a trustee for three institutions of higher learning.
He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2006.
He has lead as chair/co-chair various Grand Rapids area downtown revitalization and regional health care improvements including a $75M arena, $212M convention center, and a $130M heart hospital, as well as a $90M medical school.
He is also the founder and chairman of West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA), a High School that aims to provide a rigorous educational program, through an aviation focus, preparing students for unlimited opportunities, including college achievement, career success, and engaged citizenship.
His New York Times best-selling book, “Rediscovering American Values” was published in 1997 and is available in seven languages.
DeVos currently serves as the President of the Windquest Group, a Grand Rapids-based firm he founded in 1989 with his wife, Betsy, that invests in technology, clean energy, manufacturing and other growing sectors of our nation’s economy that create jobs and sustain local communities.
DeVos is a two-time National Champion sailor, a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot, and a product of both the Harvard and Wharton Executive Study programs.
DeVos has been married to the former Betsy Prince for over 30 years and they have seven children and two granddaughters.