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Betsy Devos Has Worked For Children for Thirty Years

Betsy Devos is a well known philanthropist, besides her work for education and her current role as Secretary of Education for the United States government under President Donald Trump. For over thirty years, she has worked for a better education for all children over the country. She is the chairman of the charitable foundation that she founded together with her husband, the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. She is also a member of the board for many other charitable and nonprofit organizations. She is the chairman of the board for Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for children.

She is happy with the progress she has made. There are now over a quarter of a million students in private schools that have received public funds so that even children who need to attend a private school, because they can flourish better there, can receive the best education they need in the secular subjects just like any other child in America. This is in over seventeen states. More and more states are passing legislation that will allow private schools to flourish and received the funding that is necessary.Betsy Devos was interested in giving children an education at a young age, as her own mother was a teacher. She herself attended a private school. When she had her own children, she realized that the public school system is not necessarily for every child. Some children need to be able to make good choices about the type of school they will attend. If no funding is made possible for other schools, their choices will be severely limited.

For a decade and a half, Betsy Devos was a mentor for kids at the Grand Rapids Public Schools. She has a lot of experience with educating children herself. Her experience has allowed her to gain a real understanding of what kids need and how we can help them succeed. She attended Calvin College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree.She is also experienced in politics. She was the chair of the Michigan Republican Party. She started the Great Lakes Education Project, which was a Public Action Committee that was designed to help kids get a better education. That lead to the American Federation for Children, where she became the chair as well. She also helped out with a committee called All Children Matter. She says that her biggest success in regards to education was in Florida.

Up Close and Personal with Entrepreneur Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is an American businessman and philanthropist, currently working as the president of Windquest group. He was born on 21st October 1955, in Michigan, to Helen and Richard DeVos. He studied at the Northwood University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. On top of his academic degree, he has received honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Northwood University, and The Groove City College.

 

Business Career

 

Mr. Dick DeVos successful business career can be dated back to 1974 when he started working with Amway Corporation. He served in different departments and positions in the company, including manufacturing, marketing, and finance. Being a hardworking young man, he rose up through ranks to become one of the company’s vice-presidents in 1984. During his tenure as the vice president, Amway’s foreign sales exceeded the domestic sales, something that had never happened before in the company’s history. He served briefly as the CEO of The Orlando Magic between 1990 and 1993. In 1993, he rejoined The Amway to succeed his dad as the company’s president. Under his leadership, the company opened branches in over 50 countries worldwide.

 

In 2000, Amway gave birth to Alticor, the company that became its predecessor. Mr. DeVos served as its president for nine years and retired in 2002. As the company’s president, Mr. DeVos oversaw the recruitment of over 3.5 million part-time sales persons and an e-commerce channel. This move positively impacted on the company’s growth, making sales of over $4.5 billion in 2002.

 

Windquest Group

 

After retiring from Alticor, Mr. DeVos became the president of Windquest Group, a private investment management firm involved in technology, manufacturing, and other lucrative ventures. Davos believed in technologies that were economically and environmentally viable. In collaboration with The Pro Service and The ElectraTherm Company, DeVos established The Green Machine, a technological venture that converts liquid and gaseous waste heat to electricity. Windquest provided the financing, Pro Service delivered installation & other customer services, and The ElectraTherm provided the technological know how.

 

Charity

 

Mr. DeVos has significantly contributed to charity. Together with his wife Betsy DeVos, he established The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a foundation that has awarded millions of dollars to various social and economic organizations since 1990. Beneficiaries of DeVos financial aid include The ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Kids Hope USA among others. The foundation has also given scholarships to MA, MBS, and MS students from developing nations to study at The ThunderBird School of Global Management.

 

 

 

Dick DeVos hires Phil Dolci as the new CEO

Dick DeVos, the Chairman for The Stow Company, has hired Phil Dolci as the new CEO for DeVos’s company.

The Stow Company is “one of the biggest companies in the custom home storage and organizational products sector.” Established over 25 years ago, The Stow Company started as the Windquest Companies Inc. Since its establishment in Holland, Michigan, The Stow Company has grown to become one of the best companies for its quality and innovative storage systems.

The new CEO of The Stow Company will be a great fit for the company as Phil Dolci has “over 23 years of experience in consumer products manufacturing and marketing,” including working as a CEO of Crosman Corporation prior to the hiring. He will be replacing the previous CEO, Frank Newman, who will still be working as the member of the board of advisors after working as the company’s CEO for the last four years.

In a statement to the recent hiring, Dick DeVos has said that “Phil brings exactly the kind of experience and knowledge that will drive the continued growth and presence of The Stow Company in the home organization market.” Dick DeVos is optimistic about the future of the company and is hopeful that the new CEO will bring the leadership and the skills needed for the company to grow.

About Dick DeVos

Born on October 21, 1955, Dick DeVos is an American entrepreneur-businessman from Michigan. With a net worth of around $5.1 billion, Dick DeVos has been very successful in his business ventures, including The Stow Company, formerly known as the Windquest Companies, the Orlando Magic, a professional basketball team, and Amway.

He is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and two sons. Dick and Betsy DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, which is “a Grand Rapid-area foundation that has donated thousands of dollars to civic, artistic, religious, educational, community and free-market economic organizations.”

As a strong supporter of education, Dick and Betsy DeVos are continuously helping to improve the state’s education by providing students with scholarships, establishing charter schools, and funding scientific researches for the improvement of the understanding of pollution in the Michigan area.