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Dick DeVos’ Road to Leadership

Dick DeVos, the extremely wealthy owner of Amway, has had a long and successful career in both business and politics. Over the course of his career, Dick DeVos has gathered expertise in several different arenas. The executive has experience with owning and operating a business, running political campaigns, acting as a candidate in political campaigns, and even owning and operating sports franchises. DeVos has stated that his many business ventures have helped to shape him into the person he has become. He believes that it is extremely important for young professionals to engage in a wide array of professional activities in order to ensure they are able to handle varying degrees of business management.

During a recent interview with a prominent business and leadership magazine, Dick DeVos discussed the many ways that his business decisions had left a mark on his present day life. DeVos began his career by taking control of Amway, a multi-level marketing supplier of household goods that was founded by his father, Dick DeVos Sr. After being thoroughly prepared for the position by both his college business courses and his personal experience with working for the company in his youth, Dick DeVos was excited to add to the excellent company that his father had built. Within 5 years, Dick DeVos had led the company to tremendous success and had exceeded his personal expectations regarding his leadership of Amway.

After the businessman had settled into his new leadership position at Amway, he decided to pursue other business and political opportunities. After attempting to partner with several companies as the head of leadership, Devos finally established a credible partnership with a large equipment supplier in Michigan. This was the beginning of a long history of several successful business partnerships between Devos and other Michigan business owners.

After merging with several local business owners, Devos decided that he was interested in purchasing a local sporting franchise. The billionaire has owned both local professional sporting franchises and franchise in other states. Devos’ most famous acquisition occurred when the billionaire purchased the Orlando Magic professional basketball franchise. DeVos stated that he greatly enjoyed his time as the owner of the team and will always cherish his experience with this franchise. The business owner has also owned other professional sporting teams in Orlando and Michigan. Devos stated that his ownership of the sporting teams helped him to gain an interesting perspective regarding business relationships.