Working together, Dick and Betsy DeVos make a great pair. They are both huge Republican donors and have a passion for educational reform. While Dick was working for his family’s company, he found out about a new sports and convention center planned for the area. Even though he was on the track to becoming CEO of Amway, he took the time to rally against those plans because he truly felt it would be detrimental to the city.
Grand Action Group
After making some phone calls, Dick soon found out that he was not the only business leader in the area that was against the proposed plan. With the others, the Grand Action Group was formed. They worked tirelessly trying to get the plans squashed.
Both Dick and his wife come from money. Their families are both rich and the couple are respective heirs to their family fortunes. However, they love to use their money and popularity for more than lavish lifestyles. The duo works to change policies in the area of Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country. Their charitable and political contributions have paved the way for a lot of changes in state laws, labor and educational reform.
Betsy DeVos is currently the Secretary of Education for the United States under President Trump. She has a passion for school voucher programs and educational choice. Together with her husband, they opened a charter school at the Grand Rapids airport in 2003. The school started with under 100 kids the first year. Now, there are thousands enrolled in the charter school and they come from all over the county to attend.
The couple has worked hard to try and expand the option of school voucher programs in their home state of Michigan. In 2012, Dick DeVos was able to get Michigan to change from an organized labor state to a “right to work” state. This change means that there is no longer a requirement to join a union for employment.
DeVos To Join FAA On Their Top Citizen Board
Ever since Betsy became the new Secretary of Education, Dick has been travelling to Washington to see her. Now, however, he will have another reason to fly regularly to the state. Dick DeVos was appointed to the top citizen board of the Federal Aviation Administration. The board is an advisory counsel made up of private citizens who will help the senior management of the FAA. They will be able to voice their opinions and concerns on a variety of topics such as how the spending is managed, fixing regulatory issues and helping to change aviation policies.
Each citizen that gets appointed to the FAA board will serve a term of three years. During their three-year term, they are still able to commit to their private and public positions. The board usually meets every three months to discuss any changes that need to take place. The counsel is made up of 13 members and is the perfect position for Dick DeVos. He has a love of aviation and is a seasoned pilot.
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