The world is changing at a rapid rate, and it needs good people to help others. Philanthropy is absolutely vital to the future of this country. Successful businessmen and women must come together, recognize issues in their community, and offer their support. For years, hundreds of successful charities have solved problems that no one believed could be fixed. Michigan has hundreds of great business people that are proud to live in this great state. These business people have gladly given to the many causes that concern the state. One of the greatest businessmen in Detroit is Dick DeVos, he has built a major empire, and he is now giving back to the community that has given him so much.
Dick DeVos was born in Michigan. He remembers his childhood home in Grand Rapids fondly and from an early age, he was invested in the family business, Amway. He remembered having a great sense of camaraderie with the workers at Amway, and he was fascinated with the way the business works. He worked hard in school and earned his place at Northwood University. Dick DeVos worked hard throughout his four years, and when he came back to Michigan he was ready to join the business community.
Dick loved his time at Amway, but he wanted to make his own mark. In the early nineties, he began working as president of the Orlando Magic. He worked there two years and helped establish the team as a major entertainment option for people in Central Florida. After two years he returned to Amway as President. The company flourished in the nineties thanks to his leadership. Amway became Alticor during this time, and in 2002, he retired.
Dick DeVos is proud of his success in the business community, but he wanted to give back. Dick started The Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. This foundation actively seeks out great causes in the Michigan area. Every year, they process more than five hundred requests for support. These requests cover a wide range of needs, and the foundation is happy to give. Dick has accomplished many great things in the business world, but he is most proud of his philanthropic work.
Michigan is a beautiful place, but it needs good people to stand up for the community. For several decades, Dick DeVos has led the charge to help those that need it most.