Philanthropic Work of the DeVos Family

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur who started managing businesses at an early age. He has a bachelors’ degree in business Administration from Northwood University and several honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University, and the Northwood University. Dick began working for the family business, Amway as one the vice presidents overseeing the operations of the company in eighteen different companies. Before becoming a vice president, he held positions in marketing, finance, research and development, sales, and manufacturing departments. He later joined Orlando Magic, a National Basketball Association that his family also owned. He was named the president and CEO who would run and make critical decisions for the NBA. As a Republican, he was being considered for a seat on the Michigan’s Board of Education with over a million votes.

In 1993, he succeeded his father as the new president of Amway after quitting Orlando Magic. He made new changes to the company and recreated it to Alticor with operations expanding to over 50 countries on six continents. This global status saw the company set new industry standards in all the markets they ventured. Before retiring from the company, he had managed to raise the sales to $4.5 billion. He later moved to The Windquest Group, an investment management firm venturing in different sectors. He was elected the president. The firm collaborated with the Electra Therm Company that produced a technology, The Green Machine that converted heat into electricity. Windquest was responsible for distribution.

Apart from the political donations that the DeVos have made over the years to the Republican candidates, their foundation has committed to helping charitable organizations. Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are lifting the veil in millions to philanthropy, channeled through their foundation. These contributions add up to $139 million, with $11.6 contributed in 2015 alone. The philanthropy work runs through the family, with Dick’s father and siblings donating a total of $104 million in 2015, making it in the list of the America’s Top Givers. Among the sectors that they donate to, education always comes first with over 26% of the total charity contributions. Dick thinks that the school system offered was not fulfilling the American dream, and that is why his foundation made it a priority. Some of the beneficiaries include Michigan schools, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Compass College of Cinematic Arts, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Potter’s House in Wyoming, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, and Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland. Their main aim was to better the education system to reach every child in America with the help of the talented educators. The DeVos insist to having been transparent always about their giving even before Betsy’s Education Secretary Nomination.

Dick DeVos’ New Hobby

When researching on some of the most influential individuals in the United States, one individual in particular stands out for not only his contribution to the world of business, but for also his contributions in building his family legacy and for continuing to build a multi-billion dollar business. This individual is Dick DeVos, a businessman, a philanthropist, as well as a dedicated family man who has been inspired to carry on the family business and to make his father proud. As the son of the creator of Amway Corporation, Dick DeVos has always felt as though he has had some large shoes to fill.

 

 As a prominent member of this well known family, Dick DeVos has dedicated decades of his life to the family business and has recently branched off from the world of business in order to pursue some of his favorite hobbies. In most recent news, Dick DeVos has joined the liquor business to fulfill a dream that Dick DeVos has had for quite some time. This dream involves Dick DeVos becoming a prominent investor within the liquor industry to help create some of the most time consuming and rewarding products that are created around the world every year. With the some and effort that Dick DeVos provides, nothing but success can be seen in the future.

 

 The new distillery that will receive the investments of Dick DeVos and his wife is a distillery that was opened to the public in 2013 and has since then grown to be a popular distillery that is known for not only the high quality products, but also for the excellent service that is provided. The new investments that have been made will officially help expand the distillery to a 9,000 square foot facility that will also consist of a 50-seat tasting room as well as a kitchen that will be used to provide appetizers that will compliment the drinks.

 

 Currently this distillery distributes to over 100 different locations which include events and even restaurants that continuously praise the efforts of this distillery. Dick DeVos and his new partner are excited to see where the new growth of this company continues to take the distillery. With many part-time and full-time workers at this distillery, Dick DeVos and his new partner will soon be welcoming more individuals to the team that will help continue to preserve the name of this prominent distillery in Michigan.