Betsy DeVos is a woman dedicated to the notion that parents should have the right to choose where their children attend school. When their children reached school age, Betsy, and her husband visited a local Christian school that served many low-income families. They were surprised to learn how difficult it is for low-income parents to keep their children in a safe, friendly learning environment. Starting by helping one family at a time, she is now a leading advocate of greater educational choice. Over the years Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have supported charter schools, homeschooling, virtual schools, and others. Their efforts have made it possible for thousands of children to attend a school of their parents choice.
During his business career, Dick DeVos has held a variety of executive positions. From 1993 until 2002 he was the president of Amway where he was responsible for every aspect of the company’s operations. In his last year as President, Amway reported sales of $4.5 billion. Before being named President of the company he served as it’s Vice-President where he was in charge of international sales, overseeing operations in eighteen countries outside North America. During his tenure, he was able to triple sales and exceeded Amway,s domestic sales for the first time. In 1991 his family acquired the Orlando Magic, basketball team, he was appointed CEO and held the position until 1993. He is currently the President of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm composed of professionals, executives, and business community leaders. Their specialties include expertise in the clean-tech industry, nonprofit solutions, hospitality, and manufacturing.
Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are very involved in community, education, the arts, and leadership. He has served as co-chairman of Grand Action, an organization dedicated to the revitalizing of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Among his many board memberships are the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Spectrum Health System, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy and others.
Additionally, he has served on the State Board of Education and was the Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and educated at Northwood University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is an accomplished pilot rated in both jet and helicopter operations. He is an avid sailor, holding two national sailing records and has numerous regatta victories. Married to Betsy for over thirty years they have four children and five grandchildren. Dick DeVos is a man who has dedicated his life to helping others. It is hard to imagine a more diversified and rewarding career.