Dick DeVos is one of the most successful and well known businesspeople in the United States. He has had a very long and successful career where he helped make one of his companies set industry standards along with implementing highly effective management. During his career, DeVos has worked in the direct selling industry, finance industry and also professional sports. In all three of these industries, DeVos has helped his organizations emerge as the best and allowed them to continue towards a path of prosperity. Along with being involved in business, DeVos has also participated in charitable activities and is therefore a well-known philanthropist.
DeVos began his career working for the direct selling company known as Amway. This company specializes in direct sales and became a leader in the industry thanks to the efforts of Dick DeVos. He held a number of positions in the company for a number of years such as finance, manufacturing, sales, marketing and research and development. Dick would eventually become one of the vice presidents and help the company expand to new markets throughout the world. Amway would expand to 18 different countries and therefore greatly increase its revenues and profits. DeVos would later leave the company for a short time to pursue another venture.
The next venture that Dick DeVos would pursue is professional sports. He bought and became the president and CEO of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team. While running the Orlando Magic, DeVos implemented a management style that would entail detailed and calculated management. With this style of management, the organization would be geared towards achieving favorable results on a consistent basis. As a result of this management style, the Magic would establish themselves as one of the most efficient organizations in the league. Dick would leave the organization in 1993, but he set the foundation that would lead to the team having its most successful seasons in the near future.
After DeVos left the Orlando Magic in 1993, he would return to Amway and become its president. As president of the company, Dick DeVos would pick up where he left off by helping the company expand to other markets. This resulted in establishing a presence in 50 countries throughout the world. As a result, the company would experience its highest levels of success. The company would make even more revenues and profits than before and became the industry leader in direct sales. Once DeVos retired from the company in 2002, he would later become the president of the investment firm the Windquest Group which has a number of holdings in manufacturing and technology.