The Life And Business Of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is son to Richard DeVos, who is the cofounder of the Amway Corporation. The Amway Corporation is a multi-level network marketing company that manufacture health, personal care and household products and distribute them through a network of consumers. The firm was started originally by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos in 1959. It is known as the biggest and oldest network marketing company on the planet.

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Dick DeVos has been working in his fathers business for many years and has held a number of different positions. He first began in 1974 working in some of the operating departments. By 1984 he took over as the Vice President where he was responsible for Amway’s operations in 18 different countries globally. This position allowed him to provide the Amway Corporation with significant growth as well as making a name for Amway globally. This position as Vice President was held until 1989.

From 1989 onwards, Dick DeVos went on to start his own business venture known as The Windquest Group. The Windquest Group manufactured closet and storage organizers as well as marketing the products. During this time the DeVos family bought the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise which Richard DeVos then asked his son to manage in 1991. Dick DeVos continued his management work at The Windquest Group as well as the management he was doing at the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise.

In 1993, Dick DeVos went onto take over from his father as the President of the Amway Corporation as his father went into retirement having worked at the firm for 34 years. The Amway Corporation was later split up, a process that Dick DeVos oversaw at the time, an umbrella firm was formed which we know as the Alticor Corporation. This Alticore conglomerate was made up of 3 separate companies. These were the Access Business Group, the Quixtar Corporation and the Amway Corporation. This process saw the company expand even further, they were now present in over 50 countries and 6 continents.

Dick DeVos held the position as President up until 2002. In this year he retired as President so that he could devote his time to his own business venture, The Windquest Group as well as his passion for politics.

This interest in politics saw Dick DeVos enter the race for the governor of Michigan in 2006 but not succeed.