Dick DeVos Leadership and Work

Dick, a multifaceted individual is a philanthropist, business mogul, an author, and a politician. As an heir of Richard DeVos, (the co-founder Amway Corporation), and the president Wind quest Group (investment firm) he is one of the richest and influential people from his state of Michigan. He derives his influence from his family lineage and wealth that he uses to change a number of state policies and make contributions political causes.

 

Coming from a wealthy family of the DeVos, and a strong education background from Northwood University does not deter Dick from chasing his dreams, nor change his personal traits. His dedication and hard work stem way back when working for Amway Corporation, in the 90’s.He worked his way up to be the vice president and later the CEO before retiring in 2002. Under his leadership, the company operated in 18 different countries, and he managed their operations. This equipped Dick DeVos with the necessary skills and experience to venture into his own business (Wind quest) that invests in hospitality, technology, and non-profit solutions. With all the responsibilities of his new company, he went ahead to receive an appointment as the president, and CEO of his family’s company; the NBA’S Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise in1991.

 

Dick DeVos has a heart of engaging in community initiatives by providing better education, leadership, and justice systems. As a result, in the 90s together with the wife Betsy DeVos, they founded the Betsy and DeVos Foundation that facilitates in the charity work.

 

Dick’s impact in the society within the United States cannot be ignored, especially when one imagines the funding of 4000 needy students in Michigan with scholarships through the Education Freedom Fund. Together with his wife, they have channeled millions to the support, education, and one would attribute her position as the secretary of education in Trump’s government to her involvement in sponsoring education causes. Dick has been vocal about the privatization of public schools, which is one way of enhancing quality education in the society. This shows that he places a lot of priority on education as his wish is to see every child afford equal education opportunities.

 

In addition, Dick is also concerned with the health of the community. This has made him serve as chair of Grand Rapids projects that handle health improvement matters. His work in Grand Rapids, speaks volumes due to the improvements he has done at the convention center, Heart Hospital, and the Downtown market.

 

To learn more about Dick DeVos, please visit http://dickdevos.com/.

The Role of Betsy DeVos in Improving Quality of Education

Betsy DeVos is a prominent education reformer who was recently appointed to the Cabinet by President Trump at the beginning of this year. For many years, she has actively participated and funded several educational causes in different states. Betsy has been advocating for expansion of school-choice programs in all states in the United States. Four years ago, the program was already taking shape in 17 states with approximately 250,000 learners. During an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy explained that the expansion of the movement was accelerating, and more students were joining it. For instance in 2012, Betsy said the number of students increased by 40,000. According to Mrs. Betsy DeVos, students from public schools recorded low performance, and that was the reason they were seeking radical reforms that would benefit all kids even those from the low income backgrounds. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Popularity of Educational-Choice Movement

According to Betsy, their aim is to provide parents with more educational options including charter schools as a way of addressing the existing problems. She explained that educational choice program involves different options like homeschooling, virtual schools, charter schools, magnate schools as well as tax credits and vouchers. She believed homeschooling is a better option for parents who are not happy about where their kids attend school. In fact, parents who encourage homeschooling are able to supervise closely what their kids are learning. Charter schools are another option of educational-choice, although it involves a process to setup and commence operation. One charter school that is currently operating is owned by Betsy and her husband Dick. The founded the school five years ago, and the first class of 15 students completed their studies last year. It is an aviation charter academy for training pilots.

Betsy DeVos’ Interests in Education Reform

For many years in her career, Secretary Betsy DeVos has been fighting for equal rights to education for all kids in the United States. She has been vocal especially on reforms that benefit under-served kids access the right education similar to other kids from rich families. Having been raised by parents where one was a school teacher (her mother), her interests in education began early in her life. This commitment grew when her kids went to school and she faced the reality that not all kids in America had the opportunity to access the right education. She also witnessed leaders fund development projects from her hometown in order to expand learning facilities and offer kids opportunity to access better education. For 15 years, Mrs. DeVos provided mentor-ship programs to kids in Grand Rapids Public Schools. She had the opportunity to interact with tutors, parents and kids, and it changed her perspective about the quality of education that was provided to majority of students in public schools. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.