Have you seen the news from Washington? Dick Devos has become one of top business leaders in North America, and now he joins the FAA as they announce their Management Advisory Council. For years now, President Trump has talked about the airline industry, and now is the time to make changes to improve America’s position in the aviation industry in global markets. While Devos has been working consistently in the business world for all types of industries, particularly when he was with Amway, he has also been working alongside aviation for many years.
Devos is the man behind the curtain in some regards. He has worked with several CEOs helping them to expand their businesses, most notably those he works with under Windquest Group. However, he has helped the CEO of Grand Rapids’ airport, which is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The airport re-launched in 1999 after decades of slightly lackluster sales.
The CEO asked Devos if there was any way to improve what the airport was doing, and Devos saw lots of opportunities. He had been working with business leaders in his hometown for many years because he wanted to support the rise of his hometown, so it was a no-brainer to help the CEO of the biggest international airport. At least, that was what Devos saw.
The airport slowly grew with Devos’ help throughout the 2000s. He made a phone call to Air Tran Airways’ CEO to inquire about opening new destinations. The CEO was into the idea and eventually opened up four new terminals that would take travelers to Orlando, St. Louis, Vegas, and Denver. These new locations were just part of a transformation that has taken years to actualize. A $45 million expansion will be completed at the airport by the end of 2018.
Devos is now working with the FAA to help in different matters. He wants to help the airline and airport markets expand using his tools for sales and education. He has some advice on how to train pilots at least. With Devos on the council, they will get straight answers on strategy and hopefully Devos will also move up in political circles as well.
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