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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