A father, a son, a successful businessman, a prominent philanthropist and many more descriptions can be used to describe Dick DeVos, a member of the DeVos family and an individual who has always put his family first when it comes to conducting business and to making sure that his family legacy is secured for the future. Dick DeVos is a well known as well connected individual who has grown the family name of DeVos and wants to make sure that the future of his family is secure. What makes Dick DeVos a unique individual is due to the fact that he has involved his family with every single business decision that he has made.
Dick DeVos, even before any formal education, knew that he wanted to become a businessman in order to follow in the footsteps of his father, Richard DeVos, the creator of Amway Corporation. Dick DeVos watched his father build the company and has fond memories of playing within the offices of the company. Even before a college or even a high school education, Dick DeVos remembers helping his brother with files and with running errands for the employees of the company. On certain occasions, Dick DeVos even remembers giving product descriptions to the clients of the firm.
Dick DeVos has not only followed his father’s footsteps in the business aspect, but has also become a generous donator to communities across the United States. Richard DeVos has made sure to teach his son that success is not derived from the profits, but is instead derived from what is done with the profits. The DeVos family has made billions of dollars of donations to worthy charities across the country and Dick DeVos has continued this trend over the years. Of the many organizations that Dick DeVos is involved in, he has a special place in his heart for the education initiative.
Dick DeVos has always been a supporter of a high level education. Dick DeVos, along with Betsy DeVos, have supported numerous educational endeavors with the end goal of improving the system of education in the United States. Dick and Betsy DeVos have created numerous scholarships in their name which are given to children based upon merit and not given to those that can afford it. Along with the numerous scholarships, Dick and Betsy DeVos have even funded the building of schools. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is an example of what they built.