The Devos family has for decades engaged in political, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic activities. In a recent interview, Betsy Devos who is the current secretary of Education in the States and Husband to Dick Devos shared her involvement in charity. When asked about the progress of school choice and the role of government in the program, Betsy said that there are over 250,000 students in private-choice schools in 17 states that are publicly funded. Within a year, the student in educational-choice programs had grown by 40,000. Many U.S states have embraced the program further progressing it. As a result, the program is expanding at an exponential rate. Seeing the enthusiasm in which parents worked to ensure that their children attended safe and top schools, Dick and Betsy Devos felt compelled to help the parents and children achieve their dreams. Betsy involvement in the school choice movement began in the early 1990s. Besides fighting for school choice program, Betsy also focuses on tearing the mindset of assigning students to a school based on their home state or zip code.
Most of the entrepreneurial part of the Devos family lies with Dick Devos. Dick spent most of his career in business serving at executive positions. He has played managerial roles in Amway, the Windquest Group as the president, and at the basketball team Orlando Magic. According to dickdevos.com, Dick held the position of president at Amway for a decade. At the organization, he was responsible for managing the company’s operations in over 50 countries across the globe. Before Dick became the president of Amway, he served as the V.P and helped Amway expand. As a result, the enterprise tripled its international sales to beat the domestic market for the first time. In 1991, Dick and family acquired Orland Magic. He would become the CEO of the team for three years.
Besides his entrepreneurial inclination, Dick Devos takes part in philanthropy. He is also a leader in several community initiatives. Together with his wife Betsy Devos, they formed Dick and Devos Family Foundation with the aim of helping in matters related to health, education, arts, and politics. Additionally, he founded the Education Freedom Fund that has sponsored over 4,000 underprivileged children. Through the West Michigan Aviation Academy, Dick reaches out to bright children who have interests in aviation. In the medical sector, Dick Devos has either chaired or co-chaired several development agendas including the revitalization of the $75 million downtown area, a $212 million heart hospital, a medical school, and downtown market. Additionally, Dick is an Author.
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