WHO ARE DICK AND BETSY DEVOS?

Dick DeVos was CEO of Amway Corporation, co-founded by his father, from 1993 to 2002. He is currently CEO of his own firm, The Windquest Group, a holding company for several businesses.

 

Politics

 

In 1991, Dick Devos lobbied against building a sports/convention facility on Grand Rapids’ north side.

 

Business leaders joined DeVos to woo Southwest Airlines into offering service from Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. This campaign is credited with lower fares and expanded passenger service.

 

Known for its labor unions, Devos introduced a 2012 law converting Michigan to a right-to-work state.

 

Organizations

 

The DeVoses are Republican mega-donors who support conservative GOP causes.

 

Dick formed Grand Action with area business leaders. This group was responsible for construction of five major projects in Grand Rapids that have been credited with changing the skyline.

 

Betsy DeVos, the leading lady of education in Grand Rapids, is now U.S. Secretary of Education. Her influence founded a school choice advocacy organization and political action committee known as the Great Lakes Education Project.

 

Betsy’s political influence brought about major changes in state laws affecting education and labor.

 

Education

 

In 2010 DeVos was instrumental in starting an aviation high school called Michigan Aviation Academy, at Grand Rapids International Airport. From 2010 to 2014, the DeVos Family Foundation contributed $7 million dollars to the Academy, including a $3 million no-interest loan to remodel the Academy facilities. The Academy has grown from 80 to 600 students from seven different countries.

 

Betsy works tirelessly to see that the same educational opportunities are available for poor and rich families alike.

 

The DeVoses have successfully brought about private school voucher programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

 

When President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos to her current position as U.S. Secretary of Education, he cited the school choice advocacy program as one reason for her appointment.

 

Betsy believes we don’t need bigger government; we need local control. Parents should have a say and be given more choices.

 

Philanthropy

 

From 1989 to 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $138.7 million to leadership programs, arts and culture, health and human services, churches, policy initiatives centered on educational reform, and scholarships for private schools.

 

In 2006, the DeVos family made a $12.5 million-dollar donation to construct a children’s hospital named after Dick’s mother, Helen DeVos.

 

Committees

 

Dick DeVos is licensed to fly single engine aircraft, jets, and helicopters, and is a current member of the FAA Management Advisory Council.

 

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