Many people have only heard the DeVos name because of Betsy. However, the story of Dick DeVos is also interesting. Sometimes people have fascinating stories, but they also like to keep to themselves while doing behind the scenes work. Although Dick DeVos spends enough time in the limelight, people should know more about his work as well as his back story. He is one of the people making the world a better place while using his talents and passion.
Dick DeVos was born in the fifties in Michigan. His parents, Helen and Richard, own a family business Dick was a part of from an early age. He attended high school in the Forest Hills, getting his first taste of education and its importance. It also allowed him to gain public school system experience.
Dick and his brother helped with different tasks when the family hosted events. The business started out in their parents’ basement, and he was one of the hosts ushering guests of the conventions every year. No job was too big for the boys to help out with whether it meant clearing away glasses or encouraging guests to move from one activity to the next. It was almost like a Junior Achievement program just in his own home. The experience helped with his confidence, and soon he was speaking in front of groups and even fiving product demonstrations.
He attended Northwood University and graduates with a degree in business administration. Dick DeVos started studied at the Harvard Business School, but decided not to finish the degree. Instead, he chose to start his career.
His first job was with Amway. There he filled several different roles from a researcher and developer to marketing and sales representative. He also worked in manufacturing and finance. The hard work paid off, and DeVos became one of the VPs responsible for international operations. Under his guidance, the company expanded their global sales and revenue reaching more countries.
He is a passionate philanthropist. Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation supports schools and learning, and they think education should not be a privilege. Coming from a well-situated but public school background, Dick understands and values education. The Foundation encourages children and young people to learn and pursue their dreams.
They also encourage their friends to help people achieve the goal of education. In Michigan, it doesn’t matter who you know but how much you support those less fortunate.
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