Dick Devos is one of the quintessential businessmen in America. His work with Amway as President and CEO has been legendary, specifically for international sales for the company. It’s no wonder that he was tapped last year by the FAA to work with the Management Advisory Council. This is a civilian-led council that simply advises the FAA on budgets, planning, regulations, and policies. However, Devos will now be working in Washington with his wife, the US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
Dick Devos has had a long road of success within the business world. Most people know him for his work with Amway as well as for what he has done through the Devos Family Foundation. He also been a major business leader in his hometown of Grand Rapids, where he has formed Grand Action in order to help local business leaders who wanted to bring more commerce to downtown Grand Rapids.
Being from the area, Devos was quick to jump in and start helping the Grand Rapids businesses generate more traffic to downtown. He helped build some of the significant buildings in the area such as the Devos Performing Arts Center and the Devos Convention Center. However, there was one partner that he truly enjoyed working with.
Why is Devos working with the FAA? Many believe it’s because of the partnership that Devos has with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Devos started working with the airport in the early 2000s, which led to incredible growth for the once small airport. Now the airport will be undergoing a $45 million renovation to be completed in 2018. The renovation comes after a couple of decades of working with airlines to bring in bigger sales and traffic. Part of that help was from Devos. It’s hard to imagine that one phone call could change the course for your business, but that’s exactly what Devos did for the airport early on in the 2000s.
By reaching out to CEO of Air Tran Airways, Devos secured new terminals and flights that brought in a host of new travelers. It created new flights for people who wanted to go to Orlando, Denver, St. Louis, and Vegas. It also helped generate a much bigger market for business travelers who wanted to go to these popular destinations.
Now that Devos is working with the FAA, he’ll be meeting with other members of the council every quarter and providing feedback to the FAA on certain policies.
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For almost two decades, the Ubuntu Fund has been engaging in charitable initiatives. Over the years, they have been using their manpower and resources to help many needy children. Their operations are largely in Africa. The Fund opened its school campus in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the objective of providing disadvantaged children with quality education. However, the management of the institution recognized that most students could not attend the school. After conducting a research, they realized that hunger and HIV were preventing most of these children from attending school and concentrating on their studies. It is here that they endeavored to expand their services to include provision of healthcare, home stability and nutrition.
Notably, the school has a noble program. Through this program, needy children are supported right from when they enroll in the institution until when they will begin their careers. Over the years, they have helped more than 400,000 disadvantaged children. For purposes of enhancing their operations, the management of the organization saw the need to increase their working capital. To this end, they organized for a gala dinner. The invitation-only event was attended by 300 guests. Andrew Rolfe was mandated with the duty of ensuring that the guests are provided with meals and entertainment. A Xhosa choir presented different songs that left the guests excited. At the end of the event, they had managed to raise more than their set target of $972, 960.
The Ubuntu Fund shall use this amount to expand their school infrastructure in South Africa. In addition, some amount shall go towards enhancing the pediatric clinic for purposes of providing the children with quality healthcare services. This way, the Ubuntu Fund will be able to enroll more needy children in the society.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew renders his services as the chairman of the Fund. The alumnus of the esteemed Harvard University has extensive leadership experience. This is because he has worked for different corporations in various management positions. Previously, he worked for the Gap. His prime duty was to oversee the company’s operations in Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
In addition, Andrew has worked for Pret A. Manger as the chairman and chief executive officer in charge of the company’s operations in New York, Tokyo, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Rolfe has also rendered his services for Booker Foodservice and PepsiCo.