Dick DeVos is an American businessman based in Michigan. He is the oldest son of Richard De Vos the co-founder of Amway Corporation. This is a network sales company whose primary role is to produce and distribute health, house and personal care products. Dick has spent a better part of his career in lots of executive positions at his father’s firm.
Dick DeVos journey to success began by broadening his knowledge at Northwood University. He graduated with bachelor degree in business administration. Later on, he attended Harvard business school but did not graduate. He has won some honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College, and Central Michigan University.
Dick became the president of Amway from 1993 up to 2002. His primary role was to oversee all aspects of the company’s operations in more than 50 countries across the globe. In 2002 before he left Amway, the company reported a substantial sale increase of approximately $ 4.5 billion. Before becoming the president, he held positions in different sectors such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, and finance.
In 1944 he was promoted to the vice president position of Amway International. His primary role was to oversee company’s operation in about 18 countries based outside North America. While in this post, the company was able to open new markets as well as triple the international sales. This was the first time in the company’s history that global sales exceeded domestic sales.
Besides being an entrepreneur, Dick De Vos has been a forefront leader in community initiatives as well as charity events. For instance, he is the founder of Education freedom Fund. The group awarded over 4,000 scholarships to all underprivileged children in Michigan. He has also taken the role as a chair in different regional health care improvement. The most remarkable ones include$ 90 million medical schools, $212 million convention center and a $130M heart hospital. He is the author of New York best-selling book named Rediscovering American Values. It was published in 1997 in seven diverse languages.
Currently, Dick De Vos is the president of Wind quest Group. This is an investment management group that is a privately owned. He is married to Betsy Prince, the former chairperson of Michigan republic party. They have seven children and six grandchildren. De Vos is a certified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. Also, he has won the National Champion Sailor two times.
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