I am always looking for inspiration in all aspects of my life, but particularly in my business career where I often look at how other successful people have built their careers. One business leader I have always enjoyed looking at the career of is Dick DeVos, the Michigan based business leader who has turned every company he works with into a success; Dick DeVos made his name with the AmWay Group that has become the company he is most linked to for myself. Dick joined the company in 1974, and reached the Presidency of AmWay in 1993 after he had enjoyed a two year stint as the CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise.
The DeVos family have not only been involved in the AmWay group, but almost every member of the family has impressed me with their commitment to building their own companies. For Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy the building of The Windquest group began a number of years ago, but since Dick left the AmWay group in 2002 he has continued his impressive career as an investor for various interests that interest him. I like the way Dick has focused his investing career after AmWay on local businesses in Grand Rapids, Michigan, such as a distillery that is creating waves with local and national customers.
Inspiration for myself comes from many different aspects of the life of Dick DeVos, including the philanthropic work that has always been a part of his life that has inspired me. I have enjoyed exploring the many different aspects of the life of Dick DeVos, inclduing the success he has achieved in education reform along with his wife, Betsy. Dick and Betsy DeVos have worked together in many different areas of their career and charity, which include their success in bringing education reform to various states around the U.S. There is much to admire in the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos that has acted as an inspiration for my own willingness to give back to the local community; the loss of high quality aviation options in Michigan led Dick to develop the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan to maintain an aviation presence in the region.