The business world has always been one of the most impressive areas of the work of Dick DeVos, who I believe may be better known in the 21st century as an education reformer alongside his wife Betsy.
I first became aware of Dick DeVos in the early 1990s when the DeVos family purchased the Orlando Magic NBA franchise and appointed Dick as the President and CEO; Dick had already spent much of his early career working with his family’s AmWay Group where he created an international business department that increased its sales tenfold over a short six year period.
I was impressed in doing my research by the willingness of Dick DeVos to explore different areas of the business world that would become an impressive part of the career he has built over the course of more than four decades.
Unlike many business leaders Dick DeVos is not a business person willing to simply seek out opportunities offered through his family business; I believe the decision to appoint Dick as the President of the AmWay Group in 1993 came after he had spent the previous period of time proving his business skills as the President of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise.
After finally achieving his goal of becoming the President of the AmWay Group Dick Devos once again did something unexpected and refused o simply continue with the way the group had been moving towards over the past few decades. I believe the restructuring of the AmWay business came after Dick DeVos decided the company could perform better as a company if it were restructured in a number of different ways to create an improved group of businesses.
Once Dick DeVos decided to call time on his career with the AmWay group I feared he would decide to enjoy the fortune he created that stood at more than $5 billion in 2012; however, Dick DeVos surprised me by making sure his career continued through the investment company, The Windquest Group.
Dick had established The Windquest group early in his career but only used it in a full time way in the 21st century as a way of investing in smaller business areas that caught the eye of himself and wife, Betsy. Investing in green energy, technology, and small distilleries shows how Dick is keeping his finger on the pulse of the business world even after stepping away on a full time basis.
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