Most of you know the Devos family. They are one of the wealthiest families in America. Incredibly smart with business investments, Dick Devos has become the quintessential businessman in America. He currently owns The Windquest Group, which has several companies under its name, and he is the former President and CEO of Amway. Most people know him from the 1980s when he helped broker the deal for Shaquille O’Neal to the Orlando Magic. However, Devos has moved on from those days. He is now more well known for his business acumen when it comes to international sales and rapid growth.
One thing that Devos did to get into politics was work with the Federal Aviation Administration. In September 2017, he was appointed to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. The council is comprised of 13 members who come from all parts of the aviation world, whether it’s transportation authority or airline executive backgrounds. Devos is not from either of these walks of life, but he is one of the best business leaders in America today. With his eye for investing and relationships, he has cultivated a lot of business partners throughout his years.
He fact he has been working with the CEO of the Grand Rapids airport for some time. In the 1990s, Devos started to look at his hometown as a place for rapid growth. He wanted to help business leaders build up the downtown area, and he wanted to bring in new jobs for the people in his city. He started to look at the airport towards 1999, and asthe airport re-launched, Devos started to talk to the CEO about what he could do to make the airport grow in size rapidly.
Part of the deal was that the airport needed new flights that would accommodate all of the potential travelers who were searching for flights online. Devos convinced Air Tran Airways to open up new flights to Denver, Vegas, Orlando, and St. Louis. He saw immense opportunity in giving locals a place to fly from as well as a great business traveler center where travelers from every business location could go to while in flight.
Now he joins the FAA to provide advice on various business ideas and policies. He will continue to meet with the council throughout the next year.
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