Dick Devos and His Wife are Working For Change

Back in 1991, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan was facing a major decision that would affect its future for years to come. The city was deciding on whether or not to build the city’s new convention center and arena inside or outside of downtown. At that time, Dick Devos was working in his family’s business called Amway. Mr. Devos called the city leaders and told them that he thought that building the center outside of downtown would take Grand Rapids on the same trajectory as Detroit. The city leaders listened to Dick Devos’ advice, and the center was built downtown. This began a revival of the downtown area that continues today.

 

In 1993, Dick Devos took over as CEO of Amway. During his time at that company, he used his position to continue to help the Grand Rapids area, and he advocated for important causes that he and his wife believed in.

 

One important part of Dick Devos and Betsy Devos’ lives is the couple’s philanthropic activity. The couple have donated millions of dollars for the betterment of the Grand Rapids area. Donations have been given to help build the children’s wing of the local hospital, and the Devos’ have given substantial gifts to educational and religious institutions in Grand Rapids and the state of Michigan.

 

Dick Devos has been highly-involved in the areas of educational and labor reform. Mr. Devos and his wife believe in school choice, and they have worked to build charter schools in order to provide quality educational opportunities for all citizens of Michigan. In fact, Mr. Devos helped to develop a charter school with an aviation theme that is located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

 

Mr. Devos has worked to provide school voucher programs in the state of Michigan. His efforts in regard to school vouchers have been particularly successful outside of the state. Currently, almost half of the states now have some type of school choice program in place.

 

Labor reform is another area that has received Dick Devos’ attention. Michigan is considered the bastion of the union movement. However, Mr. Devos believed that mandatory union membership was holding back the state. He sought the passage of a right-to-work law, and his efforts met with success.

 

Dick Devos continues to work on behalf of the causes that he believes in. He wants to add to his legacy of helping the state he calls home.

 

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