Dick Devos: Former Amway President & CEO Now Works with FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has been working with a number of transportation authorities and former airline executives as part of their new initiative. The Management Advisory Council was started by the FAA to provide input on policies and regulations that the FAA would be releasing. The new initiative comes after President Trump openly criticized the aviation industry in America for being behind other markets.
The council is a civilian board with hand-selected members from transportation authority backgrounds and former airline executives. Devos has joined the civilian board, and due to his business acumen and affiliation with airlines, his appointment to the board was praised. The CEO of Southwest said that it was a great choice.
Devos has worked with airlines before. Although many know him as the son of Rich Devos and former CEO of Amway, Dick Devos has made his own name by working on several education reform projects with his wife, the 11th US Education Secretary Betsy Devos, as well as being an entrepreneur. He owns his own private equity firm called The Windquest Group, which helps companies that want to make the world a better place. His firm helps companies like Boxed Water in that regard.
However, it’s also the commitment to his hometown of Grand Rapids. Over the 1990s, Devos was involved in a lot of city planning projects for Grand Rapids. He worked with a group called Grand Action to build up the downtown area. The goal was to bring more business travelers as well, which is why Devos began working with the local airport.
He wanted to expand the airport’s offerings, bringing in more business travelers who were already going to different conferences and meetups. With the Devos Place Convention Center fully in place, Devos saw opportunities to bring in travelers who were also headed to Vegas, St. Louis, Orlando, and Denver. He even talked to the CEO of AirTran Airways at the time to get more flights.
The flights helped change the growth for the airport. It contributed to the success, and when Southwest took over AirTran, Devos again worked his magic by convincing the CEO to expand at Grand Rapids again. This led to a $45 million renovation project that came after years of growth at the airport.
Now that Devos has been working with the FAA for over a year, he has been able to see through some of the policies that the FAA has proposed. In truth, the agency has made a lot of changes over the past year, and they just announced a $40 million new project for the GSO tower.
Devos will continue to work with the FAA through 2019. The council meets once every quarter to go over regulations, policies, updates, budgets, and future ideas for growth. Devos happens to be one of the best to also talk about education for pilots and others in the aviation business. He is the co-founder of a pilot training school in Grand Rapids with his wife, the US Education Secretary Betsy Devos.
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