Michigan businessman and philanthropist Dick DeVos recently announced in an interview with the Detroit News that he will be backing Marco Rubio in his bid for the Republican party’s presidential nominee. The DeVos family has been active in politics for decades and has provided considerable financial support to various Republican contenders throughout this presidential race (http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html). Dick DeVos is no stranger to the political race himself. He ran for governor of Michigan in 2006 and has remained an active advocate for various political issues since then. In particular, DeVos has been a strong supporter of choice in school systems and educational reform.
DeVos’ professional experience is wide ranging and makes a very impressive resume. He currently serves as President of The Windquest Group, a private investment management company . Before that, DeVos served as President of Amway and CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic (Source: New Netherland Institute personal profile). Along with his extensive professional obligations, DeVos has made a name for himself by giving back to the community. DeVos founded the Education Freedom Fund, which is dedicated to providing scholarship opportunities to Michigan high school students. DeVos’ passion for education is obvious from his support of aviation education as the founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy for high school students interested in aviation, which is a special interest for DeVos as he is an accomplished pilot himself. He has served on the Michigan State Board of Education.
Philanthropy and business have deep roots in the DeVos family. Along with his wife, Betsy, DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation to support community and educational initiatives. The DeVos family is also a generous donor to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. Among the many accolades the DeVos family has received for its generous philanthropic initiatives, DeVos received the Spectrum Health Foundation’s Art of Giving Award in 2010.
DeVos’ unique life experiences and his insights into community activism, business ventures and philanthropy helped form the foundation for the book he published in 1997, Rediscovering American Values. DeVos utilizes his optimistic outlook and personal experiences to provide perspective on how Americans can capitalize on their own personal responsibility to improve the quality of their lives as well as the lives of people around them.
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