When reading about the oldest son of Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway Corporation, I saw that Dick DeVos has had some big shoes to fill. Dick DeVos, even at a young age, set out to prove that he is a strong member of the DeVos family and has worked his way through education as well as through his career to prove his point. Dick DeVos has always been involved with Amway Corporation, a network sales company that specifically sells health and household personal care products to individuals and to families that are located all over the world. This company has continued to grow over the past 50 years and eventually welcomed Dick DeVos to the company in 1974.
I found that Dick DeVos has always been involved with business even at a young age. Mr. DeVos distinctly remembers him and his brother playing in the basement of his home which, at the time, acted as the headquarters for Amway Corporation. While growing up with the business, this is exactly what sparked his passion for business. Even before ever entering a formal education Dick DeVos did all he could to help the company. By stocking shelves, filing papers, as well as giving product descriptions, Dick DeVos has always been considered to be a member of the Amway Corporation family.
Finally, after earning a degree in business administration, Dick DeVos earned a spot at Amway Corporation in 1974 and climbed his way up the ladder and held many executive positions on the way. By 1984, Dick DeVos became a vice president of the company who was in charge of international sales in over 18 countries. While in charge of international sales, Dick DeVos not only increased the international sales, but increased the overall international sales to make up 50 percent of the company’s total sales. While holding this position, Dick DeVos truly proved that he would benefit the company with his own expertise and leadership style.
As a member of the DeVos family, Dick DeVos has always been interested in charity and giving back to the community. As a successful and wealthy individual, it is the belief of Mr. DeVos that money should be shared rather than kept. As a result, Dick DeVos is a constant donator to many religious, civic, artistic, as well as artistic organization. Mr. DeVos has already seen his community improve and grow and hopes to see it grow even further into the distant future.