Dick Devos is more than the former owner of the Orlando Magic and more than the former Amway President. When this man’s name is spoken, those familiar with him first think of Grand Rapids. They also think of a life in charity work. He lives in an area of Michigan where the Devos family is known and where many wealthy Republicans are known to reside.
It’s even reported, in many cases, that the bulk of conservative U.S. republican party supporters are localized here. Grand Rapids, Mich., is also where the brand, which soars as high as Wal-Mart and Nike, was born. The Amway Corp. is a unique prospect and not just any typical business. It’s Mr. DeVos Sr. who started the name.
We can only imagine the impact it had on the young child Dick DeVos and the more we look into it. Charity only follows. Amway’s business model is one often designated as a MLM. This stands for multi-level marketing. The business model is one where Amway distributes its team of reps to sell products or services direct and without stores.
Though this is a simplified perspective, MLMs operate by enabling salesmen to distribute products. But those salesmen benefit more by recruiting others into the business. Which puts the goal of success in Amway within the hands of those building a larger salesforce for its business. That’s where Dick DeVos started out.
Though his father co-founded the Amway Corporation, Dick would eventually sit as president of the corporation that his father built from the ground up. There’s only one way to get the reputation that men like Dick DeVos has today. He learned the business from his personal experience as a sales rep and from family members.
Some would call it a match made in heaven. And it’s no secret as to how a nurturing environment like what Dick had helped. Digging deep into what Amway offers its team of sales rep shows us a world of unlimited potential. The DeVos family is today known for wealth and a long record of it.
So when Dick retired from his presidential chair, he had one thing to do. To this day, Mr. Devos and his wife Betsy have become a face of philanthropy and a force in the world of U.S. politics. With Dick’s wife now employed by the Trump administration, it’s no telling what more this family will contribute. The veil is being lifted.