Dick DeVos has been influencing industries and evoking major change for the majority of his professional career, starting with his former position as the president of Amway.
Of course, his wife, Betsy DeVos, has also made strides in the area of education as the U.S. Education Secretary. Ms. DeVos uses her position to encourage the expansion of charter schools throughout the country. Her goal is to provide everyday citizens with abundant options that she also enjoyed, and this desire prompted her to fund an amendment that would permit families to use federal tax vouchers, should they desire to place their children in private schools. Although the proposal wasn’t accepted on a national level, she and her husband brought the idea to other areas of the nation, and it was ultimately adopted in 24 states. Thanks to the tenacity of this power couple, more families enjoy the freedom to place their children in schools of their choice.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have centered their life and work on the areas of labor and education, but they view aviation as a powerful influence on how they approach their lives and careers overall. Now, having been accepted into the official panel of the Federal Aviation Administration, Dick DeVos is already using his expertise to turn things around, starting with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. With more flights leaving the airport, thanks to a great deal of strategy and innovation, the airport is experiencing significant growth. Mr. DeVos attributes this success to simple connection-building strategies among people of influence. He holds to the idea that if enough individuals trust the innovator and the lines of communication remain open, change can happen on a massive scale. It certainly did in the case of the fate of this airport, and Southwest Airlines uses DeVos’ reasoning as a model for other businesses seeking to turn around and/or expand their companies.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have also founded a flight school, West Michigan Aviation Academy, thus prompting an increased interest in aviation as a career. Both Dick and Betsy Devos believe that aviation is such a valuable industry because it encourages young people to expand their horizons and stay connected to their world.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have devoted their careers to evoke societal change for the good of all citizens, regardless of socioeconomic status. Using their depth of resources and wealth of experience, the couple has truly gone the distance to advocate for the common person.
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