Most people know Rich Devos. He was the founder of Amway. His son Dick Devos has followed in his footsteps, becoming President and CEO of Amway in the late 1990s and also starting his own business The Windquest Group. However, Devos has also been affiliated with the Republican Party for many years and even had a gubernatorial run in Michigan in 2006. While he didn’t win the bid for governorship, he continues to work within politics, especially as his wife is the 11th US Secretary of Education.
Devos is a powerhouse coming from a business background but with the charisma and intelligence of a community leader. He has been working alongside other businesses for quite some time, but not doing what you would expect. With his company The Windquest Group, he has helped businesses exclusively that want to help make the world a better place. This includes organizations like Boxed Water.
In addition, Devos is an avid aviator and has licenses for several aircraft. He is the co-founder of a pilot training and charter school in Grand Rapids, and he was just recently nominated to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. Betsy Devos isn’t the only one in Washington anymore.
Dick Devos will be helping the FAA with a number of new policies and regulations that it must meet before the end of 2020. This is due to the challenge that President Trump delivered to the FAA in the beginning of his presidency. He stated that America’s airports had fallen behind. Ever since then, the FAA has been trying to respond with updates to policies and budget changes, including a $40 million investment into a new tower for the GSO.
Devos has experience helping airports in trouble. He has worked with the airport in his hometown of Grand Rapids for many years. It all started in 1999 when the airport re-launched as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. While it was a great name and change for the historical airport, it didn’t bring in much ticket sales. That’s when Devos brought in a new idea. He wanted to target business travelers.
He began by working with the CEO of AirTran Airways. He made one phone call to the CEO and got the airline to expand with four new destinations. This included areas like Vegas, St. Louis, Denver, and Orlando. Devos had an idea that was going to make it impossible for the airport to remain stagnant.
His plan worked, and within months, the airport was booming with activity. This led to a $45 million renovation project that will be completed at the end of 2018.
Devos has had a lot of experience within aviation, so it’s a great move for him to work with the FAA. It remains to be seen what else he will get into while he is in Washington.
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