Walk down the halls of the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, and often, something unusual happens.
Without prompting, high school students wearing the same blue monogrammed shirts will step up, look you straight in the eye, pump your right hand with a hearty shake and introduce themselves by name.
Former Amway president Dick DeVos will be honored by his alma mater, Northwood University, for a successful business career.
DeVos is part of a very unique class of leaders who has truly ‘done it all’, says Keith A. Pretty, CEO of Northwood University.
Led by Dick DeVos, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan formed in 2008, and its main goal was to attract more business to the area by lowering fares at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
The flight plan for a nonprofit economic development organization with deep ties to the West Michigan business community is nearing its terminal destination.
When hundreds of West Michigan business leaders raised their hands Monday, admitting they’ve traveled to Chicago or Detroit to catch a flight, Dick DeVos nudged them to “think again.”
DeVos, the founder and chairman of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, praised the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and its recent strides to lower the cost of flying in and out of the region during his presentation to The Economic Club of Grand Rapids.