President-Elect Donald Trump has filled his cabinet with quite a variety of picks, even with people one might not have thought would work with him, and one such pick is Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos is the wife of Michigan businessman, philanthropist and former gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, a man who has helped reform education and labor laws in the state of Michigan.
Currently, the DeVos’s run an investment company called The Windquest Group which owns subsidiary companies in water purification systems, alternative energy solutions, home storage, and even restaurants and logistics companies. They’ve also made plans to acquire a local brewing company. Learn more about Dick DeVos: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/04/devos_company_gets_new_ceo.html
Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, a highly acclaimed businessman himself who co-founded Amway Corporation and bought the NBA’s Orlando Magic about 25 years ago. Dick learned a lot about business and philanthropy from his father who gave quite a bit to the community, and also was a longtime friend of former President Gerald R. Ford.
Amway Corporation is a multilevel marketing company that not only sells consumer household and health products, but also lets customers resell them to others. Dick got his business degree from Northwood University, and then worked with Amway for nearly 30 years, serving first as a vice president and later CEO. Read more: Richard DeVos – Family , Family Tree | Celebrity Family
Aside from serving at Amway and now The Windquest Group, Dick DeVos has made an impact on the Grand Rapids Community through Grand Action Committee and the state Board of Education.
As a member of Grand Action Committee, Dick has helped launch new building projects in Grand Rapids that have included sports arenas, museums, hotels, theaters and other projects to spur business growth. As part of the Board of Education, he’s helped private and charter schools thrive by advocating school of choice legislation and other benefits for these schools.
Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have also led efforts to help private schools through scholarship programs through their family foundation, and have also supported organizations like the American Education Reform Council, and Children First America.
The DeVos’s later founded their own charter school, the West Michigan Aviation Academy where young people learn about aircraft and piloting as well as general education. Dick DeVos ran for governor in 2006 against Jennifer Granholm, but narrowly lost that race. He continues to support Republican candidates, and in 2012 helped lobby a right-to-work law through an effort supported by Mackinac Center for Public Policy.