Dick Devos: Philanthropist

There are a lot of people who know Dick DeVos as a business man, but they probably didn’t think he was going to work with the Federal Aviation Administration or be on their aviation council. In fact, DeVos was appointed to the council last year in September 2017. As a business leader, he has been working with the agency on future growth plans, as well as policies, regulations, and budgets.

 

Part of DeVos’ experience comes from working with the airport as well as pilots in the field. After all, he built his own pilot training school. However, it’s been an interesting journey for DeVos who has been working with airlines and airports for the past 20 years, but he is a developer more than a CEO. He worked with the business traveler strategy to bring in more destinations and ticket sales to the Gerald R. International Airport in Grand Rapids, for example.

 

Now he will be working with the FAA on new budgets, policies, regulations, and future growth. The council is a part of a bigger effort to make a difference in the American aviation industry. Many business travelers have found a lack of technology and security when it comes to flying in America, as opposed to other areas of the world. President Trump even challenged the FAA to fix the issue during his presidential election.

 

With Devos in Washington, all eyes are on the DeVos family, as Betsy DeVos continues to campaign across the country for educational choice. DeVos has had political aspirations in the past as well, however he was unsuccessful in his gubernatorial run for Michigan in 2006.

 

Still, Devos’ appointment was praised by executives from Southwest airlines and Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It’s clear that he has a ton of experience in airport strategies and helping airlines renovate, which is one of the main goals for the FAA as well. They just approved a $40 million makeover for the GSO Tower.

 

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