In 1991, Dick DeVos was on the path to become the CEO of his family corporation, Amway. He was also on the path to becoming a positive influence in his hometown of Grand Rapids. it was during that year that he learned of a plan to build a sports and convention center not in downtown Grand Rapids, but in a nearby suburb. He and his wife Betsy (who would later go on to become education secretary in the current Trump Administration) came out against the idea simply because they witnessed the deleterious effect that a sports complex in a suburb in Detroit had on their downtown. Simply put, when the Lions and the Pistons left downtown Detroit and settled in a suburb, the lesson was not lost on this couple. For them, the principle comes down to this: “those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them in the future.”
The reason that Dick and Betsy DeVos campaigned so hard against the sports complexes being outside of downtown Grand Rapids is because when they looked at the Detroit situation, they ( correctly, as it turns out) presumed that Detroit’s decision to build sports complexes outside of their downtown would lead to serious economic decline. Simply put, they did not want the same thing to happen to Grand Rapids. They fought long and hard against this building plan, and it did lead to some positive results.
Simply put, some would say the DeVoses were instrumental in preventing Grand Rapids from undergoing the same fate as Detroit. Due to their activism, Grand Rapids has the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Performance Center, Michigan State’s medical school, and the Grand Rapids City Market. They have essentially changed Grand Rapids Skyline for the better. Besides that, the DeVoses have also set themselves apart in other ways, as well.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have established themselves as GOP mega-donors along this journey as well. They have affected social change, with Dick’s wife Betsy leading the school choice movement, and Dick fundamentally transforming the state of Michigan from the state that literally established unions to a right-to-work state. Many would say they have done a lot for this country and for conservative causes.
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Besides his legacy in Grand Rapids, Dick DeVos himself has also been a very busy man during the Trump Administration. Besides the fact that his wife has a cabinet post as the education secretary, Mr. DeVos has also been appointed to be on the civilian Board of the Federal Aviation Administration. Moreover, if you don’t think he’s qualified, think again. Besides all of the great things he has done for his hometown, he also has single-handedly revitalized the Grand Rapids Airport. He did this by exhibiting superior leadership and enticing Southwest Airlines to run non-stop flights out of the Grand Rapids Airport. The man is a leader, pure and simple.
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