Dick DeVos was quickly rising up the corporate ladder of Amway. The company was founded by his father. In the early 90s, Dick put his work on hold to fight a proposed plan floating around that would forever change his beloved city of Grand Rapids. He heard rumors that there was to be a new convention center and sports arena built. DeVos was not a fan of this project and felt it would be very detrimental for the town. He called around and found other local business owners to fight with him. Together, they formed the Grand Action group.
Heirs To Fortunes
Dick and Betsy DeVos are both heirs to their respective family fortunes. They have spent much of their lives trying to make changes in educational and political institutions. They are mega-donors for the GOP and their political influences have paved the way for big changes in state laws regarding labor and education.
Betsy has successfully worked to expand school voucher programs and charter schools. She is currently the Secretary of Education under President Trump. As a couple, they founded a charter school at the Grand Rapids airport called the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick is a lover of aviation and a self-made pilot. The charter school he began centers around his love of flying.
Dick Appointed Civilian FAA Member
In September 2017, Dick was appointed to the civilian FAA panel. The panel is made of 13 members who help to advise the FAA’s senior managers on issues such as regulatory matters, spending, policy and long-range planning.
Each member will serve for a three-year term and are expected to continue to work in their private and public sectors. The members meet each quarter to discuss current news and policies. The FAA advisory council feels that Dick is going to be a great asset. They know about his deep roots in the field of aviation as a pilot. As a team, they will work to create a strategic course of action for the agency. DeVos was one of seven new FAA civilian council members to be sworn in on September 8th.
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