Do you know the Devos family? Until very recently, the Devos’ were well known for their business acumen and entrepreneurship. Their family foundation has also donated over $134 million to different charities involved with Grand Rapids, education, healthcare, performing arts, and business development. It’s one of the key reasons that Dick Devos is now headed to Washington along with his wife.
While Devos supported his wife’s campaign for educational reform for many years, he was unable to successfully earn the bid for governor of Michigan in 2006 and completely turned his life towards business. However, now he will be working with former transportation authorities and airline executives through the new Management Advisory Council. The civilian council was created by the FAA to help with new budgets, policies, and regulations. There are also plans for future growth. All of which pertain to Devos’ background, who has been working in advisory role in his own form, The Windquest Group. However, that’s not why he is most qualified to help with an aviation committee.
For one, Devos has always been an avid pilot. He has a license for jets as well as helicopters, and he is the co-founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy is one of the only aviation charter schools in the country, and it’s located right on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
While the airport used to just be a landing strip back in the early 1900s, the latest airport has just been through a $45 million renovation, which was partially developed by Dick Devos.
Devos has been helping the airport frequently over the past few years. He stepped in to call the CEO of Air Tran Airways and ask to expand the current offerings. Air Tran agreed and opened up new flights to Denver, Vegas, St. Louis, and Orlando. This action alone allowed the airport to completely recoup from earlier losses in the 1990s and turn around. More airlines began to join in and finally, the airport received a bid to renovate and expand entirely. This includes a new business center, food court, and digital technology upgrades.
Devos will now be working with the new council every quarter, advising the FAA on what to do next to help grow the aviation market in America.
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