Dick DeVos was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. He attended public school at Forest Hills High School. DeVos worked with the family business along with his siblings. The organization was run out of the family home. Dick and his brother did odd jobs around the house in order to support their father’s new enterprise. They were dedicated and did basic chores such as clearing tables and collecting dishes. Their roles later evolved into hosting and chauffeuring clients around to different local events.
Dick DeVos studied at Northwood University. He majored in Business Administration and earned a bachelor’s degree. Dick briefly attended Harvard Business School. He did not obtain a completion degree from Harvard. Yet he did eventually receive honorary doctorate degrees from Grove City College and Northwood University.
Dick DeVos began his career with Amway in 1974. He earned his way up the ladder by working in various positions within the company in order to gain experience. DeVos dedicated time to learning all of the different departments of the companies such as finance, sales marketing, manufacturing and development. Before long he was appointed to the role of vice president at Amway.
DeVos assumed the responsibility of operations that were being executed in 18 different countries. Dick established several different new markets while leading the division. Foreign sales increased greatly under DeVos’s leadership. He eclipsed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history. When DeVos took over as vice president foreign sales accounted for only 5% of Amway’s profit. While under his leadership that number increased to 50%.
The DeVos family eventually entered into the basketball business. Dick DeVos shared equal ownership of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Richard DeVos Sr appointed himself president.
Dick DeVos returned to Amway and became president in place of his father. Amway’s operating abilities increased to 50 countries which also included six different continents.
Alticor was Amway’s new parent company. DeVos was given the task of restructuring Amway’s corporate operations. The company reported sales of five billion dollars under Dick DeVos’s tenure. They were able to accomplish this with a part-time salesforce of 3.5 million people. This included a complimentary e-commerce channel. DeVos left his position at Alticor in August of 2002.
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