Business magnate and influencer Dick DeVos was born in Michigan to Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He began working at Amway himself in 1974, and quickly rose through the ranks to the position of Vice President. His hard work at the company was lauded by all, as he increased sales outside the United States by 50%. When he rejoined Amway as President, he was responsible for creating numerous subsidiary companies and expanding operations into 50 countries and six continents. Through the years, he has increased the standing of his father’s company and made waves in his own right in the world of business, sports, politics and, now liquor.
Dick and his wife, Betsy, have set about purchasing Coppercraft Distillery via their own company, Windquest Group. Though the transfer of a liquor license and approval for the purchase will take up to six months to approve, the owner of Coppercraft, Walter Catton III, is excited about the prospect of expanding the distillery, adding inventory, and distributing to and increased number of customers. The DeVoses, with their business expansion experience and expertise, are natural partners who are sure to take the Coppercraft Distillery to the next level.
DeVos’ Windquest Group is an investment management firm. Through it, DeVos has gained influence in finance and technology. Additionally, DeVos is an active supporter of environmentally conscious efforts, and the Windquest Group promotes his desire to find alternative and sustainable energy sources. On his own, DeVos is co-chair of the Education Freedom Fund. The Fund assists children from low income Michigan school afford and attend high quality schools. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship also exists for the purpose of helping students who would like to obtain Master’s degrees at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. DeVos won the Art of Giving award in 2010, presented by the Spectrum Health Foundation for his philanthropic work. He is the author of Rediscovering American Values, a book that seeks to inspire hope in others by encouraging the use of personal responsibility to solve problems.
Dick has long been a donor for the Republican party even receiving some notoriety in the popular Netflix series House of Cards for his political leanings. Read the full interview here: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html
In addition to all these accomplishments, Dick is an avid pilot and championship winning sailor.
As a businessman, author, philanthropist, and now distillery operator, DeVos is proving himself to be a man of many talents.