One of the leaders in business has now joined his wife US Education Secretary Betsy Devos in Washington. The appointment came in September 2017 when Devos was working with his wife on her campaign across America for education reform. Devos is a serial entrepreneur and former President and CEO of Amway. As the son of Rich Devos, he is also one of the wealthiest businessmen in America. He owns his own company called The Windquest Group, which is a private equity firm that helps businesses concerned with helping the world, like Boxed Water.
Devos has joined the council as appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration because of his love of aviation as well as his experience. However, many did not realize that he was an accomplished aviation business leader. In fact, much of his work has flown under the radar if you’re not in the aviation world. His appointment was praised by the CEO of Southwest as well as the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The two aviation leaders have worked with Devos extensively over the past 10 years.
In the beginning, Devos was helping many businesses in his hometown, and then he turned his sights to the airport. He wanted to see the airport grow just as large as the other parts of his hometown, and he saw an opportunity to make it into a business traveler airport that had its own center. A convention center was also built in downtown Grand Rapids. The changes made for a profitable setting if the airport could bring in new ticket sales.
That was where Devos came in. He made one phone call to the CEO of Air Tran Airways and got new flights opened up to Vegas, St. Louis, Orlando, and Denver. The new flights allowed the airport to soar in ticket sales, and thus it began 20 years of prosperity. However, now that the airport has experienced so much growth, it’s time for expansion. Devos helped build a $45 million renovation deal that included all of the airlines at the airport. The new renovations will bring in a business traveler center, new food court, and technology throughout the airport.
These are some of the things that earned Devos a spot on the council. He will continue to meet with the FAA throughout next year.
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