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Dick Devos

Dick DeVos

West Michigan Aviation Academy
Former President

Dick DeVos is a global businessman, public policy advocate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community leader. Dick and his wife, Betsy, have called Michigan home for decades, raising their family and growing their businesses in West Michigan.

As a businessman, Dick has spent his career in a variety of executive positions at national and international organizations including Amway, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group.

As president of Amway, Dick was responsible for the company’s operations on six continents and 50 countries. Prior to assuming the presidency, he served as vice president of Amway International, where under his leadership, the company opened new markets and tripled international sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history.

Dick became president and CEO of the Orlando Magic when his family acquired the team in 1991, a role he held for three years. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Orlando Magic.

Dick and Betsy created their own business, The Windquest Group, where he served as president from 2002-2020. Today, he serves as chairman of the privately held enterprise and investment firm, mentoring business leaders and investing in companies to help them succeed and create value for their customers and employees.

In addition to business roles, Dick is a leader in public policy, advocating for policy rooted in free-market capitalism, individual freedom, and opportunity. He was Michigan’s Republican candidate for governor in 2006 and currently serves on the boards of the American Enterprise Institute and the West Michigan Policy Forum. Dick published a New York Times best-selling book, “Rediscovering American Values,” where he discusses the values needed to nurture the foundation of freedom and provide a foundation for the next generation to build upon.

Dick is a leader in the education freedom movement. He started the Education Freedom Fund, which awarded more than 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan. He is the founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a tuition-free public charter high school that aims to provide a rigorous educational program through an aviation focus. He also served on the Michigan State Board of Education.

Dick is committed to helping his hometown of Grand Rapids continue to grow. He serves as the co-chair of Grand Action 2.0, helping to bring transformative projects to the community. Currently, Grand Action 2.0 is engaged in building an amphitheater and soccer stadium in downtown Grand Rapids.

Dick is a two-time national champion sailor, a certified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot, and a graduate of Northwood University. He has been married to Betsy for more than 45 years and they have four children and 13 grandchildren.