Dick DeVos continues to serve the people of the United States by doing everything in his power to make life better for them. While he could easily settle down and enjoy the billions of dollars he has worked hard for, he stays busy with his work. DeVos is a businessman, politician, philanthropist, and aviation enthusiast who loves to put a smile on people’s faces. When he created the West Michigan Aviation Academy, he definitely made a lot of younger students very happy.
The school is located in a building within the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The building is much larger than the original small office it was located in, and Dick DeVos has put in a lot of time to ensure the school’s success. As a pilot, himself, he understands the need for a school that helps to fan the flames of students’ passions who hope to serve in the aviation industry some day. Some of the students who attend the school are willing to take multiple buses just to be able to take part in what is offered there. The school was founded in 2010 and started out with less than one hundred students. There are now 600 students who attend the school.
In the past, Dick DeVos has been forced to make some very tough decisions that would benefit the city of Grand Rapids. He was born in the city, and he continues to call it his hometown to this day. In 1991, he saw the writing on the wall when there was a plan being considered by the public to construct a multi-use convention center and arena in the city. The plan was to build it near the city’s downtown region, and he immediately knew this would be a grave mistake.
Dick DeVos had been around when Detroit had made a similar error in judgment, and he made the decision to fight back against the construction of the arena and convention center in his hometown. He knew what many others didn’t, and this was that Detroit had built the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills right before the city’s sports teams the Lions and Pistons left. This took place in the 1970s, and he learned a lot from the mistakes that the city made back then. Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, he put together a lobbying effort that shut down the plans in Grand Rapids.
Dick DeVos is a man who serves the causes he believes in. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been a positive influence on the city for all of his life. In the past, he served as the CEO for Amway, and he also helped to pass the law that made Michigan a right to work state.
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