During the earlier part of the 1990’s, Grand Rapids, Michigan was eyeing a plan to construct a multi-use sports and convention arena near its downtown region. Dick DeVos took notice of the plan and began to put together a lobbying effort to shut it down. During his campaign against the idea, he helped to create Grand Action, which is a group of businesspeople from the community who have since helped to improve the city by supporting the construction of a spread of useful buildings.
Dick DeVos was opposed to the idea of the sports and convention arena because of an event that took place many years before in Detroit. During the 1970s, the city’s sports teams the Pistons and Lions had left the city after it had built the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills. He was not going to let the same mistake take place in Grand Rapids, and he eventually did put a stop to the idea.
Dick DeVos has done a whole lot more for the state of Michigan over the course of his career. In 2012, he put together a law that changed Michigan from a state where employees had to be a part of union to work to a right-to-work state where this is not necessary. He has also helped to improve the state by making large donations to its arts and culture sector as well as its educational sector. He helped to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in order to facilitate his giving, and he has donated more than $189 million during his life to various charitable causes.
In 2006, he joined his wife Betsy DeVos by donating over $12 million to help build a children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. He also helped to create a public charter school in the city where young students are able to pursue a career in the aviation industry. The school is named The West Michigan Aviation Academy, and it has been operating since 2010. Every year, hundreds of students show up to a building in the Gerald R. International Airport where they are able to learn more about aviation. DeVos has continued to help improve the school through donations, and it has been wildly successful because of his support.
Dick DeVos is a businessman who has earned billions of dollars during his lifetime. Instead of only looking out for himself and his family, he has continued to work to help improve the state of Michigan for most of his life. DeVos served as the chief executive officer of Amway in the past and is currently a co-owner of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team. He studied at Northwood University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
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