Dick DeVos and his sailing team pulled out yet another victory a few days ago on April 3rd in Ft Luaderdale, Florida. DeVos led his team of eight to a well fought first place at the Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup held at the local Lauderdale Yacht Club. The winds were rough during the race as they approached a whopping 15 knots. After the awards ceremony, Dick DeVos attributed the victory to his sailing team and acknowledged all of the great competition that was present during the event.
Another great feat that came out of this race was the success of Team Hydra whose goal was to give some younger sailors an opportunity to develop their own sailing skills. The team ended up coming in 3rd and still becoming the 2016 Lauderdale Cup Corinthian Champions.
Dick DeVos is an American business man, the son of Richard DeVos who is the co founder of Amway. Amway is a distribution company of consumer goods on which Dick DeVos served as CEO for a few years between 1993 to 2002. In fact, DeVos helped to increase the company’s international influence exponentially and proved his business sense and intuitions. Interestingly, the DeVos family came into ownership of the Orlando Magic Basketball team and Dick DeVos found himself operating as the President and CEO of the organization. DeVos is also very active politically in his home state of Michigan. In fact, he ran for office as governor in 2006 for Michigan but ended up losing the race. This didn’t stop DeVos’ political influence as he still works within the Grand Rapids area.
Being one of the wealthiest men in the United States, Dick DeVos spends much of his time and energy giving back to the local community. He and his wife have started their very own non for profit foundation called The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This philanthropic organization shares the wealth and passions of the DeVos family by making positive changes where they see it as necessary. For example, much of their investments go to religiously affiliated programs. The foundation is also very closely involved in education within the Michigan area. They strive to increase opportunities as well as choices when it comes to education and schooling in general.