Have you seen the latest from Washington? The newest political powerhouse couple stars the US Education Secretary Betsy Devos and her husband Dick Devos, who was recently appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. The civilian board is comprised of 13 members who come from all different backgrounds. Some are from transportation authority backgrounds while others come directly from the aviation industry, such as airline executives.
But how does Dick Devos fit into this political scene? For one, he is a professional pilot with a license to fly jets and helicopters. He has had a passion for aviation that started when he was young and has carried through his professional business years. As he has been working in Grand Rapids for many years, he struck up a relationship with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, helping the CEO with the growth of the entire airport for the past two decades.
While Devos has had plenty of business experience from being the CEO and president of Amway, he has also started his own company and is known to be a serial entrepreneur, in addition to being a devoted philanthropist. Most notably, you can see the Devos Family Foundations in the downtown area of Grand Rapids, where the powerful couple built a performing arts center, convention center, and multiple facilities for education and family health.
Now Devos turns his sights to the aviation industry with his appointment to the new council.He will be working on budgets, policies, regulations, and future growth ideas to present to the FAA council each quarter. This coincides with his work that he is doing with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport currently. For the past 20 years, he has been working to expand the airport. At first, he worked with Air Tran Airways to bring in new flights that would draw new traffic.
A $45 million renovation will now be completed at the airport by the end of 2018. The new areas include a business traveler center, food court area, and major tech upgrades throughout the airport. The new airport expansion will allow for more accommodations for business travelers, which is exactly what Devos was thinking when he started working with business leaders and airline executives to expand the airport back in 1999.
Devos will be meeting with the FAA and council throughout the next two years.
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