Dick DeVos’ Entrepreneurial And Philanthropic Life

In the recent past, entrepreneurs and businesspeople have been attracted to the increasing market demand for goods and services in the United States. This has led to the emergence of companies and businesses in America. Dick DeVos is amongst the great entrepreneurs in America with vast entrepreneurial experience having worked at Amway and the NBA’s Orlando Magic in various executive positions. He is the president of Windquest Group; a private investment company with holdings in manufacturing and technology. Windquest’s businesses include the Reserve Wine and Foods, Stow Company, Neurocore and Boxed Water plus ventures in other firms. DeVos plans to purchase Walter Catton’s Coppercraft Distillery that distributes to over 100 party stores and restaurants across Michigan.


Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos graduated from the Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also received honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove City College and Northwood University. He started working with Amway Corporation in 1974 in the research and development, marketing, manufacturing, sales and finance divisions in various positions. DeVos became one of Amway’s vice presidents in 1984 overseeing the company’s operations in 18 countries. His leadership enabled the company to open several markets and made the foreign sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history. From 1993 to 2002, he served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company that distributes consumer goods.


DeVos has been committed to fighting the world’s greatest intractable challenges through philanthropy. He is the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation that has sponsored civic, educational, religious, artistic and free-market economic organizations from 1990. The foundation has also donated millions of dollars to support buildings and scholarships for students and research in institutions around Grand Rapids area. Additionally, he is famous for emphasizing the need to tackle losing causes through both private and public fora.


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