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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