Most people know the DeVos family. They are one of the richest families in America, and one of the most politically connected. Betsy DeVos is the 11th US Secretary of Education, and her husband is the new guy on the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. His appointment was praised by those in the aviation industry, including the CEO of Southwest and the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Most people didn’t realiaze that Dick DeVos was that close to aviation.
However, DeVos has been working with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for some time. The airport is located in his hometown, and it’s one of the places that DeVos has built up along with other areas like Grand Rapids’ downtown.
DeVos has a lot of experience with business development. His work with Amway is legendary, including the amount of global sales that he was able to make while working there as CEO. Now that he has his own company, he can work side-by-side with anyone, including the CEO at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
In the early 2000s, the airport needed help. It was doing badly in an unstable time for airports. DeVos began working with the CEO of AirTran Airways to bring in new destinations. He specifically wanted to add locations like Orlando and Las Vegas, because he thought that the convention traffic would help. This came after the DeVos Place Convention Center was build as well.
When you ask DeVos what he likes about aviation, he would probably tell you everything. The business leader is a pilot and founder of his own school called The West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy is well known for training pilots in high school, allowing students to get a lesson in flight operation, flight control, and airport business as well. Dick DeVos founded the charter school with his wife Betsy DeVos.
Now that the pair are in Washington together, it will be interesting to see how they rise in the political future.
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