Most people don’t realize this, but both Dick and Betsy Devos work in Washington. While Betsy is more prominent as the US Education Secretary, her husband also works near the White House as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. The council is comprised of 13 members from transportation to airline executives. Devos is neither, but he has been a partner of the Grand Rapids airport.
For many years, Devos has been an aviation enthusiast. Not only is he a pilot, but he also co-founded an aviation charter school on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. In the 1990s, Devos started working with the CEO of the airport to see if there were any opportunities to expand the airport’s interests and bring in new sales. Devos had cultivated many relationships from his time as the CEO and President of Amway, so he was able to leverage some of those relationships to help the airport gain some ground.
From one phone call, Devos was able to expand the flights with certain airlines at the airport. His pull earned him a lot of praise from the CEO of Air Tran and CEO of Southwest, who both worked with Devos through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It was through this partnership that allowed the airport to grow immensely, and a $45 million renovation was just completed in 2018. Now the airport has a new business traveler center, food court area, and upgraded terminals.
It’s important to understand that Devos is not a politician. He has never been involved in politics, although he did run for governor in Michigan in 2006. Dick Devos is more of a businessman. In fact, he is the quintessential business man as he has led a variety of businesses and their CEOs to greater fortune. He started working with a lot of businesses in Grand Rapids in the 1990s in order to build up the city where he lived, and now Grand Rapids is one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
His plans for the future involve working with the FAA’s management council, and perhaps there is more in store for the Devos family if they continue to stay in Washington.
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