Dick DeVos, A Great Business Mind And Leader

Richard DeVos Jr. is the son oldest son of Richard DeVos Sr. Born in 1955, Dick DeVos has had a great career as a business leader having being the president of various companies and helping them grow. His father and Jay Von Andel started Amway Corporation and DeVos began working there in 1974 and held various positions in manufacturing, sales and finance, marketing, and research and development.
Amway Corporation is a network sales company that distributes health and household products as well as personal care products. After working for various departments, he was promoted to be the company’s vice presidents, running its operations in 18 countries. In the year 1989 after leaving Amway, he founded the Windquest Group which deals with the manufacture and marketing of closet and storage organizers.
The DeVos family acquired the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise and in the year 1991 Dick DeVos was appointed as the manager but all this while he still was a part of the management of Windquest Group. After his father had left the position of president at Amway, Dick DeVos was appointed as the new president as from 1993, and he led the company to great growth helping to increase business and sales especially global sales with the company expanding to more than 50 countries so as to operate in six continents. In the year 2000, he oversaw the restructuring of the company which saw the establishment of Alticor Corporation which was an umbrella company that had Amway Corporation, Access Business Group, and Quixtar Corporation. He retired as the company’s president in the year 2002 so as to focus on his private business, Windquest Group.
Dick has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and holds various honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University and Northwood University where he is also a distinguished alumnus. He has also held various positions and has been a member of various boards, such as in 1993 he was the co-chair of Educational Freedom Fund which provides scholarships to low-income families from Michigan.
Dick DeVos is a devoted family man, married to Elizabeth Prince and have four children. Together they founded the Dick and DeVos foundation that makes donations to various religious, civic and community organizations amongst others.