Dick DeVos Life’s Work

Dick DeVos has held many positions throughout his life. However, the most relevant executive positions were and are at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic basketball team, and currently as president of The Windquest Group.

 

At Amway, a business created by his father Richard M. DeVos, he got his first taste of entrepreneurship as a child. He remembers the business being set up in his parent’s basement where he and his brother were initially responsible for clearing plates. With age came more responsibility which included speaking and giving product demonstrations to large gatherings.

 

Then in 1974 he began his actual business career at Amway, touching almost every facet of the business. He held such positions as: finance, research and development, marketing, and manufacturing. In 1984 he became vice president with responsibility of operations in over 18 countries.

 

He left Amway in 1981 to head the basketball franchise Orlando Magic basketball team as President and CEO. When he started the position some questioned if he was capable of making touch decisions. But they soon learned he had no problem handling the position.

 

In 1993, he returned to Amway/Alticor to succeed his father Richard M. DeVos. When he rejoined Amway as President he was able to expand operations in over 50 countries and territories. In 2000, he oversaw the restructuring of the business from Amway to Alticor (new parent company).

 

In August of 2002 he retired from Altricor and became president of The Windquest Group, which is an investment management firm that has holdings in technology, manufacturing and other sectors.

 

At Windquest he bought on board a specialist in alternative energy. He knew that alternative energy was going to be an important part of the future of the world, but he also recognized the opportunity that alternative energy would be for The Windquest Group. That being said, his company was able to develop an alternative energy which “converts waste heat that is the byproduct of a manufacturing process, and converts it into electricity”.

 

The Green Machine, as it was called, is produced by TheElectraTherm Company and distributed by Windquest with assistance from ProServices. This, Dick DeVos terms as the three-stool approach. TheElectraTerm Company provides the product, ProServices provides the installation and Windquest provides the financing and high-business plant process.

 

Dick DeVos and His Wife Betsy Make a Positive Impact on Their Community

Recently, Betsy DeVos has talked about her philanthropic contributions for causes pertaining to education. In recent years, Betsy has looked to reform the educational system. Part of this reform has entailed providing students with vouchers to finance their education. With these vouchers, students will get public funding for the private education that they seek. This has enabled a number of students to get the knowledge and training necessary to reach their career goals. It will also allow them to be better informed and enlightened individuals as well. Therefore, Betsy DeVos has used her influence to help make young people and students better prepared to reach high levels of achievement in their future.

 

Betsy DeVos along with her husband Dick have made significant contributions during their lifetime. Dick has been among the most generous people in the United States with his philanthropic activities. Over the years, Dick has made significant contributions to help improve his community and other communities throughout the United States. He has provided funding for things such as performing arts, education and also business. With these contributions, Dick DeVos has established himself as one of the influential individuals in the United States.

 

One of the most significant contributions that Dick DeVos has made during his life has been in the performing arts. Each year, Dick provides funds to many arts organizations to help with professional development. He gives these organizations funding to help train managers and administrators. Dick has also provided funds to help the arts organizations expand and introduce more programs and events. As a result, DeVos has helped a number of these organizations stay in operation and provide quality entertainment to the general population.

 

Another one of DeVos’ main philanthropic activities has been towards business development. He has often provided funds to aspiring entrepreneurs to help make their dreams a reality. Over the years, DeVos has given these people money to finance their start ups as well as their expansion. He has given entrepreneurs funds for new facilities, inventory and equipment. The contributions made by Dick have also given business owners training to help make them more successful.

 

During his lifetime, Dick DeVos has made a number of contributions towards education. Since he has been a very successful businessperson himself, he has always looked to help others succeed as well. As a result, he has provided funds to help finance business education. Dick offers a number of scholarships to students who are looking to attend and complete business school. With his contributions, Dick has helped a number of people get the credentials they need to reach their career potential.