Walk among the wild

When you compile a short list of the most successful American businessmen within the past twenty years, it’s extremely difficult to overlook Dick DeVos. This savvy entrepreneur has the uncanny ability to close incredible deals.


Mr. DeVos comes from a prominent family. His family is well known for setting high standards in their business and social circles.


Mr. DeVos has been praised for pushing the Grand Rapids Airport into the aviation big league. With one phone call, he managed to convince the CEO of AirTran Airways to run non-stop flights out of the Gerald R. Ford Airport.


It’s imperative to mention that his family owns the Orlando Magic. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see this helped him secure an appointment with the CEO of AirTran Airways.


DeVos didn’t stop with negotiating a deal with AirTran Airways. He reached out to Southwest Airline. He felt it would be a win-win situation for the popular airline to expand their flight routes to Michigan. DeVos knew this would increase everyone’s revenue.


Fortunately, everything went well. Both airlines are providing an invaluable service, and they are making more money.


Besides making big moves in the aviation industry, Mr. DeVos has been a champion for charter schools. He believes children should have the opportunity to get an alternative education.


Mr. DeVos and his wife have supported charter schools for more than twenty years. Their vision inspired them to create the Great Lakes Education Project. Despite getting some push back from some of their Republican peers, the proud couple continues to create opportunities that help children pursue their dreams.


DeVos has been recognized for introducing children to the world of aviation. It’s reasonable to say Mr. DeVos is a strong pillar in education and aviation.