Dick Devos is one of the most recognized in the business community. Known for his time as President and CEO of Amway, as well as being the husband of the 11th US Education Secretary Betsy Devos, Dick Devos recently joined his wife in Washington. He is now a part of the Management Advisory Council for the Federal Aviation Administration. The council consists of 13 members, who were all appointed in 2017.
The council was started to help the FAA with important upcoming decisions on policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth ideas. This comes after President Trump criticized the aviation industry in America for being behind other countries, particularly in airports. No one knows that more closely than Devos who has been working with the airport in his hometown for the past two decades.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is much larger now. A $45 million renovation project was just completed to add a business traveler’s center, food court upgrades, and improved smart technology throughout the airport. The changes mark an expansion that has been coming since the 1990s when Devos joined up with the CEO of the airport to make some big sweeping changes.
The first thing that Devos did was call the CEO of AirTran Airways. The old airline was a mainstay in the 1990s and through the early 2000s before being bought out by Southwest. At this time, the CEO was also close to Devos who encouraged him to expand his terminals and destination flights to ensure that there was new ticket sale growth.
He called AirTran Airways to expand destination flights to St. Louis, Denver, Vegas, and Orlando. This caused a serious uptick in growth at the airport, allowing for more growth and airlines to participate in the business-centric strategy to bring in new travelers for conferences and conventions. This followed in line with other plans that Devos had made building up his hometown of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids is also one of Devos’ main focuses. As the CEO and current founder of The Windquest Group, Devos has paid attention to city planning in his hometown for many years. Since the 1990s, he has been working with business leaders to ensure that the business district was healthy and constantly improving. The Devos Performing Arts Hall and Devos Place Convention Center are two of the buildings that have contributed much to the growth of the city’s center.
While Devos has been working away in international sales for Amway and eventually for the companies under his own private equity firm, he has also been working in aviation. Not only did he help the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, but he also co-founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy is the only pilot training school in the area.
Devos has been helping the FAA since last September and will continue to meet with the council. The Management Advisory Council meets once every quarter to advise the FAA on budgets, policies, and regulations. The FAA has already begun to release a few different new policies and regulation changes in 2018.
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