One of the most influential and philanthropy-oriented families in the United States is the DeVos family. The Devos family is a dedicated family that has created a family business from the ground up and has successfully become an influential member of the Grand Rapids region in Michigan. Among the many members of the DeVos family is Dick DeVos, a businessman and entrepreneur who has been involved and integrated into the business world ever since an early age. Dick DeVos is the son of the Amway co-founder and has helped his family ever since a child to do what he can to further build the business.
Dick DeVos distinctly remembers Amway Corporation as a small company held in his basement. Mr. DeVos and his brother always helped their family when they could and even gave product demonstrations to other businesses before any formal training. It was noted early on of Dick DeVos’ talent for business which is what later influenced him to pursue a business degree that would later benefit the family company. Dick DeVos began working at Amway Corporation in 1974 and was able to climb up the ladder to hold various executive positions within the company in various sectors of the company. Dick DeVos distinctly remembers his position as a vice president of the company. As a vice president of the company, Dick DeVos was in charge of international sales and since then increased the company’s international sales revenue to make up over 50 percent of total revenue.
As a successful businessman, Dick DeVos is a believer in sharing his wealth with the community. Since his success at Amway Corporation, Dick DeVos has become a constant donator to his community as well as many other organizations that run nationwide. One of his favorite organizations to be involved with involves improving education and to help children with little funds to pursue a higher level of education. Mr. DeVos believes that education is the key to building a community.
With Dick DeVos’ philanthropy activities, Mr. DeVos has decided to find individuals to help lead his company when he cannot. One individual in particular has recently been announced to be the new CEO of The Stow Company Inc. which is one of the largest home storage companies. This individual is Phil Dolci and already has over 20 years of experience in both the marketing industry as well as with leadership. Mr. Dolci is excited for this position and hopes to further expand the company.