Dick DeVos is a former executive who has been involved in a number of different companies such as Amway and the Windquest Group. During his career, DeVos has been involved in the direct sales industry, the finance industry and also professional sports. In each of these industries, he has provided his respective organizations with the direction they needed to reach their potential. When DeVos was running his companies, he helped make them industry leaders and this has helped make DeVos one of the most successful businesspeople in the United States. As well as being involved in business, DeVos has also run for state governor of Michigan as well as becoming a very well known philanthropist.
The first part of DeVos’ career was working at Amway in various positions. During his first stint at Amway, Dick would hold a number of positions in fields such as finance, manufacturing, sales, marketing and research and development. This foundation helped make DeVos very experienced in all aspects of the company. After working in these positions, DeVos would become one of the companies’ vice presidents. While he was one of the vice presidents of Amway, he would help the company expand to worldwide markets and get established in 18 countries. As a result, Amway would reach very high levels of success under the leadership of Dick DeVos.
After, Dick DeVos left Amway, he would then get involved in professional sports. He bought the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. When he was running the Orlando Magic, DeVos required that the organization have detailed management which would lead to getting the best results at all times. He wanted the organization to use detailed management so that every aspect of the organization was operated properly. This philosophy would help the team become one of the best in the league for the next few years. Therefore, Dick DeVos helped make the Orlando Magic one of the elite teams in the NBA.
In 1993, Dick would return to Amway and serve as its president. As president of the company, DeVos would help it establish a presence in 50 countries and become the industry leader in direct sales as a result. Dick would retire from the company in 2002 and pursue a new position with the Windquest Group. At this company he would serve as its president and participate in the management of technology and manufacturing investment holdings for a few years.