Dick Devos’ family has a long history in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The Devos family founded the Amway Corporation, and this multi-million dollar company has become well-known around the world.
Dick Devos served as President of Amway. As a result of his position with the company, he became a well-respected figure in the Grand Rapids business community. When it came time to try to bring economic development to the city, the opinions and ideas of Mr. Devos were much sought after.
There was a plan to build a new convention center and sports arena north of Grand Rapids’ downtown area. Dick Devos knew that if this plan was carried forward, it would spell the death of future downtown development. However, if the arena and convention center were located in the downtown area, these buildings could spur future development and economic growth in the area. Mr. Devos used his considerable influence to see the arena and convention center brought downtown. Mr. Devos and his family also contributed to helping the hospital in the downtown area by providing a substantial monetary gift to help with the children’s section of the hospital.
For many years, Mr. Devos has had an interest in the subject of education. He is a firm believer in school choice, vouchers and charter schools. He and his wife have been politically active in trying to get the state of Michigan, and other states, to pass legislation to make school choice a reality.
Mr. Devos didn’t limit his political involvement to educational matters alone. He became actively involved in Republican Party politics within his state. In fact, Dick Devos made a run for the position of governor. He ultimately fell short of that goal.
Even though defeated in his gubernatorial efforts, Mr. Devos continued to advocate for his positions in Michigan. He was instrumental in getting the state to pass a right-to-work bill.
Throughout his life, Mr. Devos has used his considerable financial resources to help others in his local community and across the nation. He and his family provide support each year to a charter school with an aviation theme that was founded by Mr. Devos. The Devos family also contributes to a number of colleges, private schools, hospitals and religious projects as well.
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