Have you seen the news in Washington lately? Dick DeVos has recently gotten a new position on Capitol Hill. He joins his wife, Betsy DeVos, who is the 11th US Secretary of Education. She has been working hard to help education reform across America since 2016, but her husband has remained out of the spotlight until now. While still relatively unknown in politics, DeVos has been working with the FAA for the past year. Initially nominated to the role in September 2017, DeVos has joined the Management Advisory Council for the FAA and will be providing a number of business ideas to the federal agency in the next few years.
The Management Advisory Council was set up by the FAA to answer some pretty big questions with great insights from transportation authorities and former airline executives. DeVos is among these few to be consulted by the FAA during their time of change and upgrades. Part of this change is revolved around the President’s challenge to improve the aviation industry and airports in America. DeVos knows all about that. He has been working to improve the airport in his hometown for some time.
It all started in 1999. The Grand Rapids local airport was always small and didn’t offer a whole lot of destinations to travelers. However, DeVos thought of a way to change all of that. He had just finished work on the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown, and he was looking for a way to put Grand Rapids on the map. He decided that he should do that through the airport.
His first phone call was to the CEO of AirTran Airways, which had a terminal at the Grand Rapids location. He asked if the company would be willing to open up destinations to more areas, such as Denver, St. Louis, Orlando, and Vegas. The CEO agreed, and soon enough, ticket sales were booming at the airport. However, that wasn’t enough. It wasn’t until 2018 that the airport would undergo a full upgrade and become highly advanced.
DeVos will continue to meet with the council for the next few years. He joins his wife in Washington who has steadily been working towards educational choice reform across all states. While there are a lot of people who look up to the DeVos family, Dick DeVos has been working for recognition in a variety of business roles throughout his history.
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