Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dick Devos is Major Contributor to the Republican Party and Education in Michigan

In the Republican party, as well as in their home state of Michigan, Dick and Betsy Devos are known for their philanthropy. Both Devoses have family inheritances that have allowed them to become leaders and philanthropists in their home city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Recently, it was announced that they had donated over $139 million, mostly to politics and education.

 

Richard Devos, Dick’s father, is the founder and CEO of the international Amway Corp., which originated in Grand Rapids, but has become an extremely successful direct sales company worldwide. Amway is part of the family heritage of Dick Devos.

 

In fact, Dick was scheduled to take over the company from his father in 1991, but as destiny would have it, he began lobbying against a proposal that emerged to build a conference center and sports arena north of Grand Rapids. Dick was determined to stop its progress and lobbied against it so that it never took off. Instead, it created spectacular opportunities for Mr. Devos to found his own firm, The Windquest Group.

 

The Windquest Group came to be a successful holding company for three other Grand Rapids-based companies: the Stow Company, Coppercraft Distillery, and Boxed Water is Better. Dick is a strategic businessman like his father, and he is known in Michigan as a businessman who is willing to take action to change and improve the laws and statutes that stand in the way of progress. After this plan was publicly halted in 1993, Dick became president and CEO of the Amway Corporation until 2001. He was also establishing his new investment firm.

 

Mr. Devos was extremely busy during these years, yet he learned to fly and piloted small planes and helicopters. It was this hobby that led to Dick and his wife to found the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is a charter school for high school students to learn aviation and is located on the airport property. This high school merged the education statutes that Betsy had been lobbying for during her career with Dick’s love of aviation. They formed a spectacular charter school for teens interested in flying.

 

Dick’s wife, Betsy, was appointed Secretary of the Board of Education in Washington D.C. when Trump because of the president. This was a position she had prepared for as she had been fighting for better education in Michigan for 40 years. Betsy and Dick both feel like have attained victory in the area of education in Michigan because they feel that a poor child has the same opportunities available in 2018 as her children were given. Since she is now has a strong influence in Washington in the education department, her goal is to improve education across the nation as she did in Michigan with vouchers and charter schools.

 

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Betsy DeVos is a Political Tigress Hiding behind a Veneer of Public Politeness

Although Betsy DeVos was recently pitted against a class of Trump’s administrative operatives, nothing in her public demeanor could remotely suggest her ego was bruised after the president overturned a policy by the federal government regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students. The policy, if carried through, would have permitted the students to use of bathing rooms matching identities of their gender.

 

Inside sources close to the Education Secretary revealed that during the Wednesday meeting, she opposed the move, and when she met with a representative of the transgender and gay employees in her department, she warned of bad tidings. That she had been short-changed or that the meeting ended in acrimony with her on the wrong side of the fence was a fact that was not immediately apparent, Thursday when the new policy was announced.

 

However, she compared the initial guidelines by the federal government to the administrative excesses of Obama’s tenure. This was during her address to the annual caucus of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

 

Through the years, Ms. DeVos has been a staunch advocate of school vouchers and charter schools. And apart from being a key donor to the Republican Party, she was formerly the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. For that matter, those who have associated with her over the years warn that the stance she has taken will not be a walk-over tournament. Her public meekness now might as well be a precursor for a tenacious fight and a virulent political storm to come later.

 

Ms.DeVos is no stranger to controversy and political fights. In Michigan politics, she is known to relentlessly reward or punish those who support or oppose her legislative agenda in equal measure. A former attorney general, Mike Cox, described her as steely and determined as a native Indian on the warpath. She is unstoppable, backed by her family fortune when she sets her mind on a course of action.

 

Born and brought up in the opulent circumstances of the Prince family in Michigan, educated in expensive private schools, and married to an equally or more wealthier Dick DeVos of the Amway Corporation, the Educations Secretary passionately supports religious schools. Many people who oppose her construe this to be a lack of interest in public schools, a fact that she vehemently denies.

 

Whereas she is generous, open-spoken, and personable, DeVos might be dangerously relentless in a course she wishes to see her way.

 

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