Dick Devos: Businessman and Philanthropist

Have you been watching the news in Washington? While there have been many changes since President Trump took office, one appointment has been very eye-opening in the past year. Dick Devos is now on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. The new council is mainly concerned with policies, regulations, future growth, and budgets to carry through the next few years as well as spark new changes for the aviation industry in America. This comes after President Trump made a point during his presidential election run to state that aviation had fallen behind in America compared to foreign markets and airlines like Emirates.

 

The changes have already been taking place for the past year. Devos was appointed in September 2017 and has been working with the FAA for the past year. His knowledge in aviation business and education is legendary, as he was able to turn around a failing airport in less than a decade to become one of the biggest international airports for business travelers. The airport is one in his hometown of Grand Rapids.

 

It was in the 1990s that Devos first started to take notice of the businesses in Grand Rapids. He began working with the leaders to help them bring more commerce and industry to the downtown areas. That included passing on some plans that would have moved the center of downtown to other areas. Devos had seen what sports arenas and convention centers could do when not placed properly. After all, he had seen what had happened to Detroit.

 

He wanted to create real change and see that Grand Rapids became a rapidly growing city. He worked first with the business leaders, and then he looked to the airport. He saw an opportunity to change the airport into something much bigger than the small executive-style airport that it had become. He worked with the CEO and the airlines at the airports to expand, eventually leading to a $45 million renovation.

 

The renovation is just one part of Devos’ plans to increase the volume of traffic and ticket sales at the airport. It will bring in a new business traveler center, which is one of the main reasons that so many travelers are coming to Grand Rapids.

 

Devos will be working with the FAA for another year, meeting once every quarter to discuss new plans.

 

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