Dick Devos: A Businessman and a Philanthropist

Most people have yet to see that Dick Devos is now in politics, joining his wife, the new US Education Secretary Betsy Devos. Betsy was appointed to the position in 2016, and her husband now joins her in Washington through his new appointment at the FAA. He will be on the Management Advisory Council, working alongside former transportation officials and airline executives. The council has been meeting once a quarter with the FAA to discuss new budgets, policies, regulations, and growth for the aviation industry in America.

 

There have been several years of unstable airline sales to preface this, but the FAA has been working on new policies and regulations. Recent news shows that many of the policies are in regards to security, but there are also some ways that the FAA is affecting technology and expansion in airports as well. This comes after harsh criticism that scolded aviation leaders in America for falling behind.

 

Devos is just one of the advisers on the council who comes from a business background. However, Devos is actually a blend of many fields, but his business knowledge is legendary. He comes from a background that took international sales at Amway up by a thousand percent in the 1980s, and he has been working with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for over a decade. Now the airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world.

 

Gerald R. Ford International Airport re-launched in 1999. Before that, it was a small airport that serviced a few business travel destinations. The CEO reached out to Devos for help, wanting to expand the airport and offer more to travelers. Devos was able to talk to the CEO of Air Tran Airways and convinced him to open up new destinations to Denver, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Orlando. The new destinations were a hit and caused new ticket sales to pick up.

 

This continued for many years, even through Southwest’s takeover. Devos worked with the CEO to keep all of the new terminals open. Now the airport will complete a $45 million renovation in 2018 to become one of the top airports in the country. The new renovations include a business traveler center, food court upgrades, and technological advances in the terminals.

 

You can see all of the latest regulations in the news from the FAA. The FAA will have been meeting for the past year with Devos and making some changes to its policies.

 

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