Born in the United States in the state of Michigan, Richard “Dick” DeVos is a businessman that has many talents at his disposition. DeVos has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and has obtained as well several honorary doctorates from different institutions. He began his career in Amway where he held responsibilities in many divisions such as finance, marketing, sales and research.
When I first read about him, it wasn’t hard to notice that he was an asset of much value in the company due to the fact that just ten years after he was hired he climbed to be one of Amway’s vice presidents and his decision making on his work had influence on a lot of counties.
In my opinion, DeVos is a man with a lot of vision who presented to Amway many other markets that would bring great profit to the company and that’s not even counting how he managed to increase foreign sales in a scale that was never seen in the company before. He is great in what he does because of the simple reason that he knows where the money is and how to get it.
After leaving Amway, DeVos was devoted to help his family manage their newly acquired National Basketball Team, Orlando Magic. DeVos stepped in as chief operating officer and some people had doubts on how well he could perform in such a different organization than Amway, for me it was clear that he would do a spectacular job judging by his work story and how well he had been doing and the fact is, DeVos was up to the challenge and did a spectacular job.
After working with the Orlando Magic, Dick DeVos decided to return to Amway as its President where he returned and did just what he was doing before he left, expanding and earning a large amount of money to the company. Seven years later after his reincorporation, Amway suffered a corporal restructuration process that led to the company known as Alticor. After two years since the restructuration, He left the company and I supposed he did it with a smile on his face knowing that he had a great influence on the company’s growth and large income. Without the initiative and decision making of DeVos, the former Amway would not have turned out the same. He is truly a business mastermind.
Nowadays, the businessman is helping his wife, Betsy DeVos, with her philanthropic movement to renew the American education and create a better school system for the future generations. Both of them have already achieved a lot in their “educational-choice movement.”
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