Dick and Betsy Devos have dedicated themselves to finding solutions to problems in society. In 1989 the couple founded the Windquest Group to invest in clean energy, modern technology, and manufacturing. Dick Devos also previously served as the President of Amway. One of the areas in which the couple has made the biggest difference is education. When their commitment began their children were school age and they saw the problems lower income families were facing. They felt since they had the ability to choose which school their children attended the same ability should apply to lower income families. Dick Devos decided Michigan’s State Board of Education may represent the answer and he did run for the board. In 1990, he was elected but he did not stop there. He concentrated on a foundation providing scholarships for low income children so their families could make decisions regarding where their kids were educated. Although this foundation successfully helped numerous families it was not the final answer. The couple continues to look for ways to provide children with the educational opportunities they deserve.
In addition to his other attributes, Dick Devos is a pilot. He combined his skill with his desire to help children achieve an education and began a school for aviation. He named the school the West Michigan Aviation Academy and located the school in Grand Rapids at the Gerald Ford Airport. The school provided an educational opportunity for students with the focus being placed on aviation. Dick Devos was also responsible for the Educational Freedom Fund. Over 4,000 scholarships were awarded by the fund and provided assistance to children in Michigan who were underprivileged. He has given his service to the State Board of Education, and been a leader for numerous programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan from revitalizing the downtown area to making improvements in regional healthcare. The projects inspired by Dick Devos included a downtown arena with a cost of $75 million, a heart hospital with a cost of $130 million, a convention center with a cost of $212 million, a downtown market with a cost of $30 million, and a medical school with a cost of $90 million. In 2006 Dick Devos ran for the Governor of Michigan as a Republican and in 1997 he became an author. He titled his book Rediscovering American Values and it made the New York Times best sellers list. The popularity of his book resulted in it being translated into seven languages.
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I wanted to learn more about Betsy DeVos after she was appointed to be the Secretary of Education. I was surprised at what I didn’t know about her, outside of the fact that she has four children and five grandchildren. That let me think of her differently, in that she was once a concerned mother that was seeking the best for her children and their education. Betsy viewed everything she fought for through the eyes of a concerned mother, and she fell into the role as an advocate for children. It has been 28 years that Betsy has been fighting for a better education for children across the country, and it served her well for the preparation of her new role in government as the Secretary of Education.
As an activist, Betsy was fully aware that she would come into the educational system as an outsider, striving to make things better for not just her children but for their children and all others. Serving in local and state offices, she is fully aware of the challenges that arise when the educational system goes through multiple changes. I can see her point of view on how the political process is similar to putting everything into place. Having performed her duties in local and state government, I feel that Betsy is equipped to take on this role, and I’m anxious to see the first phase of changes. Read more news on The New York Times.
I was unaware that Betsy is an entrepreneur like her husband. I was aware that her husband Dick DeVos was an entrepreneur, but I did not realize that Betsy herself was no stranger to starting and building successful companies. The ultimate goal for her was to find ways to make the community better and more profitable for all families living in the community. The end result was that she would find a way for funds to be given to the schools that so desperately needed it.
One of the biggest complaints I would like to see addresses is with Common Core. It was a relief to hear that she was not a supporter of this system in any way. I had spoken with many of my friends whose children were trying to adapt to Common Core, and they found it very difficult. This was insightful for me, as a mother looking for someone to step into this role that would be accountable to others as well as to themselves. A quality education for all children, regardless of where they live is the greatest passion of Betsy DeVos. I can appreciate the fervor that she has as she approaches the school systems and what they are doing now.
Dick DeVos has taken a great deal of pride in how he’s given his money to charities in Grand Rapids, but he’s never been one to be ostentatious about it. He’s the Chairman of The Windquest Group which has supported some of his philanthropies and has been a catalyst for many businesses in Michigan, and he’s been on the board of many think tanks that the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation also supports. His wife Betsy was chosen by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of Education thanks to the reform work that she and Dick have done, and in light of this nomination the DeVos’s finally disclosed that they have given around $139 million in their lifetime to charity, and much of this excludes political candidates they’ve donated to.
Dick is the son of Richard DeVos Sr., the co-founder of Amway Corporation. Amway Corporation is a multilevel marketing company that has helped many independent business owners establish their own sales businesses through reselling various consumer products. Dick developed quite a business acumen growing up, and after completing his degree at Northwood University he went to work under his father. He became a company vice president in 1984 and helped launch offices overseas. He briefly left the company in 1990 and founded The Windquest Group around that same time. He also served as president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic from 1991 to 1993 after his father had purchased the team, and in 1993 he became CEO of Amway. He served in that position until 2002 when he left to focus on running The Windquest Group.
The DeVos’s have given to several private schools including Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian School, and they’ve also established scholarship funds through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation. They did try to start a program to establish school voucher and tax credit credits if passed in legislation, but it came up short of the needed votes. They did successfully start a charter school coalition at the Great Lakes Project, and later started a charter school of their own called the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick and Betsy also have given to children’s hospitals, and Dick was given the Spectrum Health Foundation’s Award of Giving in 2006.
Dick and Betsy have also run for office several times including Betsy’s time as the Michigan Republican Party chairperson and Dick’s bid for the governorship in the 2006 election. He came up short in that race to incumbent Jennifer Granholm but continued to fight at the ground level for conservative changes. In 2012 his efforts paid off with the passing of a right-to-work law. Dick has shared some insights to his principles and beliefs through his book Rediscovering American Values.
A civil lawsuit has been issued against the defendant New Hampshire Insurance Company, or AIG, by the plaintiff AHBE, or the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment, repots ESPN. The suit alleges a breach of their legal contract revolving around settling claims with Danny Ferry, their former general manager.
AHBE was allegedly insured under their contract which was designed to protect them from specific losses relating to service activities. This would cover being wrongly terminated and any workplace oriented grievances.
This put an end to the contract that covered a six year long period, and was worth 18 million dollars.
The lawsuit filed by AHBE contends that AIG would not admit that a claim was filed to trigger the policy they had in place as a contract. The lawsuit claims that AIG is obligated to pay out as per their contract due to Danny Ferry’s breaching of the contract, yet AIG refuses.
Bruce Levenson reported that he desired to sell his part of the ownership due to controversy that surrounded the franchise. Bruce Levenson is the Co-founder of UGC, or, the United Communications Group, which was established in 1977. Before establishing the UCG he was a writer for the Observer Publishing group and the Washington Star. He is also TechTarget’s Director and also serves in this position for their online development, TechTarget.com.
At one time, the “I Have a Dream Foundation” also had Bruce as their President. He also owns the company, Atlanta Spirit. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Art from the renowned Washington University and possesses a Juris Doctor’s degree from the American University. For more info, visit brucelevenson.com.