The higher your altitude,

the broader your horizon.

Biography

Dick DeVos has spent his business career working in a variety of executive positions at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group where he currently serves as its Chairman.

As President of Amway from 1993 to 2002, DeVos held responsibility for all aspects of the company’s operations in 50 countries and six continents. In his final fiscal year of service, Amway reported sales of $4.5 billion. Prior to assuming the Presidency, he served as Vice President – Amway International where he held responsibility for the company’s operations in 18 countries outside North America. Under his leadership, the company opened new markets and tripled international sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history. DeVos became President and CEO of the Orlando Magic when his family acquired the team in 1991, a role he held for three years.

In addition to business roles, DeVos has been a leader in a wide range of community initiatives.  He started the Education Freedom Fund, which awarded more than 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, (a High School that aims to provide a rigorous educational program through an aviation focus), and has served on the State Board of Education. He has led as chair/co-chair various Grand Rapids area downtown revitalization and regional health care improvements including a $75M downtown arena, a $212M convention center, a $130M heart hospital, a $90M medical school and a $30M Downtown Market.  He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2006.  His New York Times best-selling book, “Rediscovering American Values”, was published in 1997 and is available in seven languages.

In 2017, DeVos was appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, a role he served until 2020.

DeVos is a two time National Champion sailor, a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot, and a graduate of Northwood University. DeVos has been married to the former Betsy Prince for over 41 years and they now have eight children and eight grandchildren.

Latest Tweets

Here's a throwback photo for you. This picture was taken when we proudly launched the opening of Amway - Costa Rica, back in 1996; what an exciting time!
Happy 25th Anniversary!

Betsy, every day we have together is a gift, and I'm so thankful to spend them all with you! Love you!

Strong, humble, authentic leadership can occasionally be a bit too rare.
Luckily, the skills needed to be a great leader can be learned!
This is a quick, 4 minute read that I hope may have lasting effects.

https://bit.ly/38JvLId

February is all about Heart Health, for all ages.
I'm so proud of the work being done at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center. This incredible team of experts treat, care for, and give their heart & souls to their young patients!

https://healthbeat.spectrumhealth.org/a-real-pioneer-severe-congenital-heart-defect-3d-printing-innovative-surgical-fix-provides-hope-for-future/

So, let's start this month with a Motivational Monday quote from Malala Yousafzai, female education advocate and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate!

Latest News

December 3, 2020
"Opinion: Business handouts unfairly waste Michigan's money" written by: Dick DeVos

November 23, 2020
Grand Action 2.0 says now is the time to plan major developments in Grand Rapids

Current Board & Leadership Positions

The Windquest Group,
President, 2002–2020
Chairman, 2020-Present

Grand Action Committee, 1992–Present;
Co-Chairman, 1992-2018
Co-Chairman, Grand Action 2.0, 2020-Present

AEI Board of Trustees,
2017-Present

Board of Directors, Wakestream Ventures,
2012-Present

Founder and Board President, West Michigan Aviation Academy;
Sept. 2010-Present

Board of Directors, Willow Creek Association; 1997-Present
Vice-Chairman 2007- March 2018
Chairman April 2018 – Present 

Governing Board, Orlando Magic,
1994–Present

Board of Directors, RDV Corporation, 1991–Present
Chairman, 2009–2019

Board of Directors, Alticor/Amway;
2019-Present

Board of Directors, The Windquest Group;
1990-Present

Chairman, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation