“Be bold. Take the first step today. Smile. Be humble. Work hard. Volunteer. Tutor. The important thing is to make a difference and follow through on your commitments.”
– Dick DeVos
This is a worthwhile quote we can all learn from. If anything, this quote sticks with me quite a bit, because I like to think of it as always being a hard worker, taking time out for others, and most importantly – to make a difference in this world. Dick DeVos has proven to be both a successful businessman and a true philanthropic leader. He has had a brilliant career so far. He is the son of Amway co founder Richard DeVos, where he served as the CEO of the consumer goods distribution company from 1993 to 2002. During this time, he had held the full responsibility for all aspects of the company’s many operations. These were located in fifty countries and six continents. During his last year at Amway, they had reported sales of $4.5 billion. Needless to say, we can all agree that he was an ambitious worker during his time there with a true talent, known across the globe.
Although we all know him as well respected businessman, Dick DeVos is also deep into community initiatives. In fact, he started the Education Freedom Fund. This fund was used to award underprivileged children in Michigan, where he passed on over 4,000 scholarships. Personally, I think that this is a very charitable and helpful project. Dick DeVos has also served on the State Board of Education. Not only that, but he has made tremendous healthcare improvements. Dick DeVos even wrote a book titled “Rediscovering American Values“, which was published in 1997. It is available in seven different languages.
But that’s not all: Dick DeVos is in an important foundation called “The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.” Let’s allow ourselves to take a breather here; he is undisputed a very large influence in our world. The foundation started in 1989 as a vehicle for Dick and Betsy’s desire for giving.
We’re very fortunate to have a man like Dick DeVos in our lives. He is a great man with a great knowledge of business and a passion to serve. Thank you, Dick DeVos!