Have you looked at the news out of Washington? The latest comes from the FAA where Dick Devos has been appointed to the Management Advisory Council. As of September 2017, Devos has joined the council along with 12 others. The members come from all walks of life, including transportation authority and aviation, but Devos comes from the world of business.
Devos has been moving in political circles for quite some time, but he originally got his start in sales and business. He is the former CEO and President of Amway, as well as the current CEO and Founder of The Windquest Group. As someone who has worked around the top elites in business, Devos knows business strategy like no other. It will be his job to help the FAA with upcoming ideas for growth as competition grows steep in some markets.
Aviation has been up and down in the past decade. The changes with digital have created several bumps in the road for airlines, as well as airports. Devos worked with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for many years helping it to expand and eventually renovate the entire airport. The $45 million renovation will be completed by the end of 2018. The airport renovations were just one part of a long story for Devos in aviation and business. He has helped the airport add on new flights, change international marketing and sales operations, and a variety of other ideas that have led to the airport’s rapid success over the past 10 years.
In fact, Grand Rapids has risen to become one of the fastest growing cities in North America. As more business travelers use the airport, they may see some changes as the airport looks to upgrade its terminals, food court, and business traveler center.
Devos started working with business leaders in Grand Rapids early on in the 1990s. Together, they created Grand Action, which led to the economic support of downtown Grand Rapids, including new buildings in the downtown area, such as the Devos Performing Arts Center.
It’s public works and philanthropy that have given Devos opportunities to affect his hometown for the better and lift up the business leaders in his town as well. The hope is that he can do some of the magic for the FAA as well.
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