Dick DeVos is one of the top American businessman in the world. Through his leadership at Amway, he was able to grow sales in almost every area and promote Amway far beyond its roots. The company is now one of the top companies worldwide. However, DeVos has recently changed directions and become interested in politics, following suit of his wife, the US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. However, he has been working in another side of Washington all together.
The Federal Aviation Administration created the Management Advisory Council to discuss new ideas, regulations, policies, budgets, and future planning to help out with some of the growing concerns in the industry like employment, education, and new technology. While much of the world has advanced in air technology, America is still a bit behind. The new council seeks to address these issues by talking to former transportation authorities, airline executives, and business leaders.
DeVos has been questioned for his experience with aviation, but you’d have to know DeVos to really understand why aviation is so important to him and one of the many things that he has been working on since he was young.
As a pilot, DeVos has licenses for jets and helicopters. He is also the founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is on the Gerald R. Ford Airport grounds. Education was one of the primary focuses of DeVos’ campaign for governor in Michigan in 2006. He has since become the CEO of a new company and has focused mainly on his efforts with the Gerald R. Ford Airport. He has helped the airport expand and even gain funding for a major renovation that will be completed in 2018.
Throughout the 1990s, DeVos was looking for a way to contribute to his hometown. He wanted to make more economic progress and change the city’s financial standing. He worked with several business leaders through a committee called Grand Action. Together they created a new DeVos Performing Arts Center, Convention Center, medical school, and many other facilities. This came after DeVos first rejected plans to build a sports arena in downtown. He had seen the plans were to build the center far away from the downtown business district, which would have caused issues for the city as a whole.
Devos wanted to find ways to support the city while also looking at ways to support more opportunities for growth. He saw the airport as one of the ways that he could do that. He spoke with airline executives at Air Tran Airways in order to support new terminals and flights, including new destinations to St. Louis, Orlando, Denver, and Las Vegas.
With the new council, DeVos will be meeting with the other members once every three months to discuss policies, regulations, budgets, and new ideas. The FAA will take advice and develop new policies taking their advice into consideration.
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