Dick DeVos, a former president of his family’s company Amway which was started by his father, is currently working as the CEO of his firm in Grand Rapids. While living in this Michigan city, DeVos along with his wife Betsy have worked hard to create new and exciting things for not only the city in the past but now on a government level as well, pushing various policies for the conservative cause.
Dick DeVos has been working well to boost various parts of the Grand Rapids area. However, when a plan about a multi-purpose sports arena reached the ears of the DeVos couple, they decided to take action. They were both, but more specifically Dick, worried that the convention center would be a detrimental addition to the downtown area in their Grand Rapids city.
Together with a few members of his campaign, DeVos decided to take action against the building plans. He gathered business leaders and more that were eventually part of the construction of several centers that the DeVos couple backed entirely. For example, this group helped build the Grand Rapids City Market and the DeVos Place Convention Center among other things.
Both Dick and Betsy DeVos were heirs to their family fortunes, and this helped them over the years as they tried to back and change various institutions and policies that they have disagreed with in the past. Betsy DeVos has worked for years to expand charter schools and more. Together, they have implemented their family foundation, which donates funds to various programs like arts, culture, health, churches and even human service programs.
In 2006, the couple donated funds to help build a children’s hospital, and they even had a portion of it named after Dicks’ mother. Their efforts, along with more, have helped the hospital provide those in the Grand Rapids area with the opportunity to get their health care from local sources instead of driving long distances for care.
To date, education reform has been the biggest initiatives undertaken by the DeVos couple. Together, they have been advocating for education reform, which is one thing that led to Betsy’s new role as the Secretary of Education for the United States, appointed by President Donald Trump.
While Betsy is working hard in Washington D.C. in her new position, Dick DeVos is working hard back in their home city of Grand Rapids. He is running his firm, called The Windquest Group, and he is also working closely with various business leaders to provide better routes from the Gerald R. Airport, which he has been working to reestablish as a thriving airport.
His efforts have not been in vain, either. DeVos has found ways to help the airport grow by offering consumers lower airfares and more. He has also spent a good bit of time with his wife as she undertakes an important mission in Washington D.C. Together, this relatively conservative couple has made history not only for their roles in society but for the causes that they support. The DeVos family have used their fortunes from their respective families to help them further support their causes for many years.
The two of them have been important assets to the Grand Rapids area, and their hard work is taking them further throughout the country, providing better schools and better airports for many people. Now that they are both on a larger stage, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos are going to be working furiously to continue their work in both education reform and building up of the Grand Rapids city as a whole.
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