Dick DeVos is a shrewd businessman who is based in Michigan, USA who is equally well known for his charitable works. He has worked as the director of Consumer Goods Distribution Company. He attended Forest Hill School in his early years, and he later joined the Northwood University and managed to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. DeVos has also studied at the Harvard Business School and later the Wharton School. He had been awarded various awards in his academic life such as the Grove City College, the Northwood University, and the Central Michigan University.
Dick started his career while working for the Amway Corporation in 1974. He worked hard in various departments of the company such as the research, development, manufacturing, finance, and sales. He was later promoted to be the deputy president of the company in 1984. As the vice president, DeVos oversaw the firm’s expansion in 18 countries. His persistence, hard work, and dedication made it possible for the firm to expand massively globally. The company was able to triple its sales volume under his stewardship in the international sales.
When the DeVos family made the purchase of the Orlando Magic basketball association, Dick had begun working as the president of the team. However, he only stayed briefly as the director of the team because he left to be the president of the Amway. As the chief executive officer of Amway, he supervised the growth of the firm, extending its influence to other countries in over six continents. Check out Dick’s LinkedIn profile and connect with him there to learn more about his work experience and get priceless business advice from him.
The DeVos family name is common among the families that are keen on giving back to the society. So far, along with his family, Dick has made contributions totaling $1.2 billion to various causes. The contributions have made the family join the list of the top 50 givers in the United States. Just recently, the family was ranked among the top 20, and this was seen as a good way of motivating others so that they can be helpful to the community at large.
Through its philanthropic contributions the DeVos Family Foundation has been supporting a variety of causes from the arts to education, including Dick’s own aviation high school. Most of the contributions, however, are geared towards organizations and many institutions that provide vital services to the public. Some of the institutions include the heritage foundations, the American Enterprise Institute, the Acton Institute, the Mackinac centre among many others. The family has been against popularization of the gifts they give. In most cases, they prefer keeping the donations private. See Dick’s humble response to the publicity the family received in a recent Facebook post of his.