Dick DeVos is a busy man who always finds the time to support a good cause. As an aviation enthusiast and pilot, he has found many ways to support the aviation industry in Michigan and the United States. When he was recently asked to join the civilian panel that watches over the Federal Aviation Administration, he couldn’t say no. The Management Advisory Council has 13 members, and DeVos is now one of them. The group is in operation to advise the senior management of the organization on matters related to regulation, strategy, money management, and policies. He will serve for three years and will continue to take care of his business dealings while doing so.
Dick DeVos is also responsible for the growth of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Some time back, he made the decision to call the CEO of AirTran so he could convince him of the merits of offering flights out of the airport. He was able to negotiate a deal where the airline company would offer nonstop flights, and then something fortunate happened. Airtran was purchased by Southwest Airlines, which was another airline company DeVos had been hoping to convince to come to the airport. Others had tried to talk the airline into doing so, but they had failed. Instead of begging Southwest to offer service there, DeVos appealed to the airline’s better senses by pointing out the benefits of doing so. He was successful, and his efforts led to a large increase in passengers, which is now helping to fund millions of dollars in upgrades.
Dick DeVos also created The West Michigan Aviation Academy, which resides on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The public school now educates 600 students who travel from all over the region. The school is so popular that is has to hold a public lottery every year to decide which lucky students get the opportunity to attend. The West Michigan Aviation Academy started out in a dingy office space in the airport but now has its own building where hopeful students get a chance to live their aviation dreams.
Dick DeVos is a businessman and billionaire who dedicates a lot of his time to helping improve his country. During the 1990s, he stopped a plan that would have seen a sports arena and convention center built just north of the downtown section of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He had been witness to a similar plan that had gone wrong in Detroit when the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills was constructed for the city’s sports teams. It wasn’t long after it was built that the Lions and Pistons left Detroit, and this ended up costing the city quite a bit of money.
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Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) is one of the largest personal injury law firms based in the state of Ohio. The team is made up of 30 well-educated lawyers and over 100 support staff that span 10 locations throughout the Buckeye State. Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s mission is to take a stand against the injustice practices of insurance companies. If a client is injured and they are being denied insurance claims, Kisling, Nestico & Redick helps them fight back to receive their compensation.
The inspiration for Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s fight against corrupt insurance practices comes from a personal childhood experience of founding partner Rob Nestico. When Nestico was 15 years old, he was involved in a car accident that left him in the hospital for three months. His parents were Italian immigrants and did not speak English, because of this they were taken advantage by the insurance company and had their claims denied. This incident inspired him to become an attorney.
Thanks to the education and skill of Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s lawyers, the law firm uses aggressive trial strategies and has a strong understanding of how insurance companies operate to win cases. KNR’s secret weapon is that many of their attorneys and other staff worked for insurance companies before joining Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Their talented attorneys and staff have recovered over $450 million in settlements on behalf of their clients.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s success has not only allowed them to recovery monetary amounts on behalf of their clients but has allowed them to change industry rules as well. As part of the settlement agreement for the estate of a couple killed in a car accident, a trucking company agrees to enforce stricter training measures for their drivers. This rule change helps prevent future accidents and make the roads safer for everyone.
When Kisling, Nestico & Redick isn’t busy helping their clients in the courtroom, they can be found giving back to their local community. They have donated over $300,000 to local food banks and other organizations. They have also helped provide school lunches to students in need throughout the Buckeye State.
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Dick and Betsy DeVos both have a passion for helping kids achieve their dreams by advocating for good school system. According to them, the current system was not giving the students a chance to accomplish the American dream. However, they are not criticizing the professionals. The only way the teachers and administrators can do a great job is if there is an equally great system. In 2015, the couple spent twenty-six percent of their total charitable donations on educational causes.
Additionally, they gave three hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars to groups supporting education reforms. The 2013 breakdown of Dick and Betsy support, showed several schools that were major beneficiaries. Some of the schools included Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland who got two hundred thousand dollars, Potter’s House in Wyoming, three hundred and one thousand dollars and three hundred and fifteen thousand dollars to West Michigan Aviation Academy.
The DeVoses have also contributed to Republican candidates’ campaign. For the past five years, the total contribution to campaigns amounted to five million three hundred thousand dollars. Over the years, it is approximated that the DeVoses have contributed almost one hundred and thirty-nine million dollars in charity, a whopping eleven million six hundred thousand dollars in 2015 only.
The philanthropist nature is not only with the couple as Dick’s dad and his four children gave a hundred and four million dollars to charity in 2015. They even attained position twenty-four in recent Forbes’ America’s Top Givers. Forbes estimated that the family had donated a quarter of their fortune to charity. Betsy’s family has also been known for their charitable giving.
Dick Devos took over as the CEO of Amway in 1993 and served to 2002. He was also interested in governorship but unfortunately lost it to Jennifer Granholm. However, that did not bring his spirit down. Even though voters had rejected the amendment of creating tax-funded vouchers for private schools students in 2000, he pushed and currently, Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have them. In 1991, Dick DeVos was against the plan to build a multi-purpose sports and convention arena north of downtown. He was afraid that the arena could bring negative impact to the area just like Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills did to Detroit.
In Amway before becoming the CEO, Dick DeVos was the vice president of Amway’s foreign operation for six years and the annual sales increased to fifty from five percent. Apart from the Amway, Dick DeVos worked at The Windquest Group and was the CEO of the Orlando Magic, a national basketball association that his father, Richard DeVos acquired. Dick DeVos received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Northwood University. He also has several honorary doctorates from different institutions.