Dick DeVos, Working His Way Through The Ranks At Amway

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos whom is the co-founder of Amway. Dick DeVos has an extensive professional work history. He was born in Grand Rapids Michigan and as a child he remembers working for the family business. His childhood home had a basement equipped with many offices and he would meet and greet people and when the family would host conventions he would help with the cleanup and help direct guests around to various activities. This work requirement at a young age prepared Dick DeVos in a way he would later realize. As a youth he would speak to large groups of people and sometimes even provide product demonstrations. This gave him a sense of comfort and self-assurance.

 

After High School Dick DeVos attended Northwood University and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also attended Harvard Business School and Wharton School’s Executive study programs. Dick did not graduate from Harvard however he did go on to earn his honorary doctorates degrees from Northwood University, Grove City College and Central Michigan University.

 

In 1974 Dick DeVos officially began working at his family’s business. He held various positions in sales, finance, research and marketing. In 1984 he became the VP at Amway. Being the VP meant he had to oversee all business activities in 18 countries. During his tenure at Amway, Dick grew international sales from 5% to 50%. From 1993 to 2002 Dick Devos held the title of chief executive officer at Amway for consumer goods and distribution. In 1991 the DeVos family had acquired ownership of the Orlando Magic, his father Richard was the owner and president of the team. In 2005 Dick DeVos and his father shared ownership in the Orlando Magic basketball team. In 2006 Dick DeVos ran for the position of Governor for the state of Michigan. He is currently the president of Amway and has successfully expanded the company’s operations to over fifty countries on six continents.

 

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