The Devos family has moved into Washington. While Betsy Devos campaigns for education reform across the country as the 11th US Education Secretary, her husband Dick Devos has also joined the political arena. Now he will be working with the Federal Aviation Administration as part of their Management Advisory Council. The council consists of 13 members from transportation officials to former airline executives. Dick Devos is one of the unique members of the council to not have a very specific background in aviation, but that’s only if you didn’t really know Devos.
While most know him as the son of Rick Devos and former CEO of Amway, Dick Devos has made a name for himself by being an excellent businessman who created record breaking sales for Amway. Now he runs his own business, a private equity firm called The Windquest Group.
The Windquest Group helps businesses that are dedicated to providing a better future, such as companies like Boxed Water. Devos has dedicated a lot of his later life to helping his hometown and the business owners around it, including the CEO of the nearby airport. Devos started working with the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in 1999. At the time, the airport was relaunching in order to bring in new sales.
However, the airport continued to have stagnant growth, most likely due to a poor selection of destinations. It was Devos who made the phone call to AirTran Airways to see whether the would open up new destinations. He talked directly to the CEO. How many people do you know can call up the CEO to get a favor, such as opening four new destinations?
The new destinations were able to bring in much needed traffic to the airport and started up a new ticket sales boom for business travelers. Devos had built up part of Grand Rapids’ downtown to help change the face of the city into one that was made for business conferences and entertainment. This would include the Devos Place Convention Center, as well as Andel Arena and Devos Performing Arts Hall.
Now he will be working with transportation officials and former airline executives on the Management Advisory Council for the FAA. The council was hand-picked to help the FAA with new policies and regulations as part of their initiative to meet the challenge of the president. President Trump challenged the aviation industry in America, specifically with airports, during his presidential run.
The FAA has been releasing new policies and regulation changes throughout 2018. Devos has been joining the council for their meetings once every quarter. The goal for Devos has been to affect change for airports and airlines, where he has spent the most of his expertise. It was Devos who helped the Gerald R. Ford International Airport regain prominence and even expand with a $45 million fund. The expansion will be completed in 2018.
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