The Life and Charity work of Dick Devos

Born on October 21, 1955, Dick DeVos is a Michigan entrepreneur-business man who has spent his life working in various executive positions at the Windquest Group, NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway where he worked as CEO of consumer goods distribution from 1993-2002. Devon ran for the Michigan governor seat in 2006 but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Jennifer Granholm. With a net worth of about $5.1 billion, Dick Devos was named as the 67th wealthiest person in the US by the Forbes magazine, in 2012. He has a New York Times top-selling book called, “Rediscovering American Values,” which was published in 1997. The book is available in 7 different languages.

 

Dick Devos is a graduate of the Northwood University, a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot and a two-time National Champion sailor. He is married to former Betsy Prince, and they have seven kids and five grandkids.

 

Education

 

Dick and his wife have been increasingly committed to assisting parents from low-income families get the best schools for their children. In 1993, the two of them founded the Education Freedom Fund which they co-chaired. The Fund awarded over 4000 scholarships to underprivileged kids in Michigan. In the same year, they became politically involved in passing the Michigan’s first charter-school.

 

In 2000, Dick became the co-chairman of “Kids First! Yes!” campaign board, which sponsored a ballot initiative intended to amend the Michigan constitution to accept tuition tax credits and vouchers for private K-12 education. Unfortunately, this initiative lost- 69% of voters opposed the measure.

 

In addition to supporting Christian schools in West Michigan, the Betsy and Dick Devos Foundation has also funded groups like Choices for Children, Children First America and American Education Reform Council.

 

Healthcare

 

As chair/co-chair, Dick DeVos has led several magnificent Rapids area downtown revitalizations as well as regional health care improvements which include a $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, $90M medical school, a $30M Downtown Market and a $130M heart hospital.

 

Michigan has many families who are desperate to find better educational options for their children. Dick Devos’ good deeds have ensured that no matter their zip codes, all parents can choose the best education for their kids and that all students have the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. He expressed his commitment to education by running for the Michigan State Board of Education, where he was elected in the year 1990. Dick is not only committed to offering quality education but good health care as well. He has done this by donating funds to help improve the health care system in Michigan.

Founder of the Stow Company Inc., Dick DeVos Appoint a New CEO for the Company

Dick DeVos is a Michigan entrepreneur businessman and the founder of The Stow Company Inc., one of the largest companies in custom home storage and organization products industry. Earlier this year, Dick DeVos appointed Phil Dolci, 48 to be the incoming CEO of the company following the retirement of Frank Newman, 67 year. Newman however will be retained as a member of the board of advisors in the company.

 

Phil Dolci has earlier been working at a company owned by Dick DeVos’s wife, Windquest Group, the Grand Rapids-based Corporation based in Holland. Phil is described as a complete leader with more than 25 years of experience as reported by Mlive, in consumer products manufacturing and marketing. He recently was involved with Crosman Corporation, serving as the company Chief Executive officer. Crosman is recognized for its savvy in designing, manufacturing and supplying shooting sports products and is based in Cincinnati.

 

Phil is expected to bring into the company, the kind of experience and knowledge that will stimulate growth, expansion and presence in the home organization industry according to the founder of the company, Dick DeVos. They entire company’s team also acknowledge the Frank Newman for his exceptional leadership in the company over the last five years.

 

Dolci continue to serve different leadership positions at US Playing Cards, a Jarden Corporation’s subsidiary, ConAgra Foods, Kraft Foods, Sanford (a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid) and Dean Foods. Academically, Dolci earned his MBA from Northwestern University, School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Chicago University.

 

About Dick DeVos

 

Dick DeVos has had an enormous journey in the world of business. He career began in Amway Corporation in 1974 where he was employed to oversee various divisions in the company including finance, sales, marketing, research and development and manufacturing. This earlier in 1974. Later in the year 1991, the DeVos family purchased the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic, with Dick DeVos becoming the CEO of the team. Two year down the line, Dick DeVos ceased being the president and CEO of Orlando Magic, rejoining Amway as its president. After succeeding his aging father. After working with the company for several years, Dick DeVos finally retired in 2002 having made the company’s highest amount of profit in a fiscal year as detailed in Wikipedia.

 

Together with his wife, the couple established the Stow Company Inc., a company that presently has manufacturing facilities at 3311 Windquest Drive in Holland and Indianapolis. The company has employed more than 280 people and sell products under its brands; EasyClosets do-it-yourself, Distinctive Wine Cellars and Easy Track Modular Storage systems.