Dick Devos

Dick Devos is a very notable individual for his passion for reforms concerning state laws in Grand Rapids. He is a husband to Betsy Devos who is the US Educational Secretary. Dick is the oldest son of the prominent Amway.

From 1993 to 2002, he was the chief executive officer of Amway. He, alongside his wife, has a lot of influence in society that they use to push for positive reforms. Along the changes, dick has also had a significant role in philanthropic activities.

One of the significant contributions of dick was, lobbying against the construction of the multi-purpose sport and convection arena in Grand Rapids. When he heard about the proposed plans for the north of downtown, he immediately laid down his tools and made several calls. His main reason why he refused to support the idea was the failure of similar previous plans. The projects that failed include the palace of Auburn Hills and Pontiac silver dome in Detroit.

His effort to block the construction of the multi-purpose sports and convection arena continued for a long time. In the process, there was the formation of the Grand Action. The grand action comprised of a group of highly influential people in the development of Grand Rapids. The members spearheaded the construction of stunning buildings including the Devos Place Convention Centre, Devos Performance Hall, Van Andel Arena, And the Michigan State University’s Medical School.

A few reforms that dick spearheaded in changing policies and institutions include the labor law in 2012. He actively participated in converting Michigan organized labor to giving people the right to work. Moreover, there was the abolition of the restriction on a qualification for employment, which required that one should belong to a union.

He also put efforts in educations reform to allow for tax-funded vouchers that in helping the students attend private school. The people rejected the proposition in 2002. The incident leads to the failure of dicks campaign for governor, six years later. He lost the seat to incumbent Jennifer Granholm. Dick persisted in his efforts until recently when the district of Colombia and 24 other states adopted the education policy.

In philanthropy, dick made a total of $ 138.7 million between 1989 and 2015 to support several projects. Some of the projects include health, art, culture, churches, educational policies, and leadership programs among others. He also donated $ 12.5 million in 2006 toward the construction of a children’s hospital named after his mother, Helen Devos.


To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.

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