The life of the former President of the AmWay Group Dick DeVos has largely been played out in the public eye, which is why I have spent much of the last few months examining the work of Dick DeVos and the philanthropic work he carries out with his wife, Betsy. The first aspect of the life of Dick DeVos that made me admire both he and his family was the fact he had spent the majority of his time in education passing through the public school system of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After completing his education Dick has always made sure he included a range of varied interests in his life, which includes joining the AmWay Group in the mid 1970s to learn about the many different areas of the business; along with joining the AmWay team Dick DeVos impressed me by creating The Windquest Group to maintain his own investing career.
Dick spent most of the next decade exploring the various different departments of AmWay as he looked for the best position for his own career, eventually becoming the Vice President responsible for foreign business in the mid 1980s. As he took over the foreign policy of AmWay Dick DeVos found a much neglected department he transformed from being responsible for around five percent of annual sales in 1986 to more than 50 percent just six years later. The success Dick found at AmWay was exceptional in my eyes and was rewarded with his appointment as CEO and President of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise when it was purchased by the DeVos family.
The success I have seen follow Dick DeVos from company to company has shown me he is obviously an impressive businessperson who has more skills than have been revealed to the public. From 1992 to 2002 DeVos led AmWay to expansion into more than 50 countries before retiring from daily operations. I first became aware of Dick DeVos through the work of his Windquest Group that has made a series of investments in the Grand Rapids, Michigan region and beyond; Dick DeVos has shown me he still has an eye for a solid investment opportunity that shows he keeps his finger on the pulse of an ever changing world.