Dick DeVos recently hired a new CEO at one of his companies owned by The Windquest Group. The company is The Stow Company, a home storage unit manufacturer and distributor, and the man now taking over this company’s operations is Phil Dolci, a man whose run several companies prior to this including his most recent tenure at Crosman Corporation, and brings 23 years of business experience to this position.
Dick DeVos highly recommended Dolci due to his track record of helping companies grow, and his alignment with The Stow Company’s business philosophy. The Windquest Group also owns Deliv, RPM Ventures, Boxed Water and OXX Products. Read more: Amway heir Dick and Betsy DeVos move into sprawling 22,000-square-foot mansion
Dick DeVos’s family is a business-oriented family with his father, Richard DeVos the patriarch and co-founder of Amway Corporation, and Dick’s brothers Daniel and Douglas also running their own companies. They all started off working under their father at Amway Corporation, and Dick started out as a lower level manager after getting his business degree from Northwood University.
But he became a company vice president before too long, and eventually became CEO in 1993. Dick helped open new markets and grew the company into 50 countries during his time, and in his last year alone it generated $4.5 billion in sales. Dick DeVos stepped down in 2002 and has since focused on running The Windquest Group.
Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos and both of them have been longtime supporters of politically conservative causes. Through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, they’ve started education funding through scholarships and grants to private and charter schools.
They’ve supported private schools such as Potter’s House, and also started their own charter school, the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The DeVos’s have also been contributors to art exhibitions including ArtPrize, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. whose art institute is now named the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center.
Dick has also ran for public office several times as a Republican candidate including for the State Board of Education in 1990, and later as governor in 2006. Betsy is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and now has been selected to be Secretary of Education in President-Elect Donald Trump’s new administration.
Dick authored a 1998 New York Times best-seller called Rediscovering American Values with a foreword from former President Gerald Ford. On his leisure time, Dick engages in local activities including the sail race from Chicago to Mackinac Island.
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