Dick DeVos is one of the top businessmen in the country. His father Rich DeVos was as well. Now that Dick DeVos has joined the FAA and co-founded his own business, he has come into his own. He now is the owner of a private equity firm called The Windquest Group, which helps organizations who want to make the world a better place, including businesses like Boxed Water. In addition, DeVos is committed to philanthropy work. However, what has he done that qualifies him to work with the Federal Aviation Administration?
Well, in a word, everything. He has done everything possible to help his airport in his hometown, and because of his commitment, the airport has skyrocketed in growth, leading to record-breaking sales and passengers in 2018. The growth has continued for a number of years, following a single phone call that DeVos made to the CEO of AirTran Airways in early 2000s.
The call was made on behalf of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Once the call was made, the airport was bound to be successful. DeVos had a connection with the CEO and was able to bring in new destinations. These new flights would cause a frenzy with ticket sales, and soon, those sales boomed. The economic boom taking place in Grand Rapids was finally on a rising trend after years of stagnant economic prospects.
Devos continued to help the airport through major changes and upgrades. Southwest came to the airport, and there were rumors that it would shut down terminals belonging to AirTran Airways. However, DeVos made another phone call and helped the airport once more. His partnership has placed the airport on the map and led to such a huge increase in sales that there were 3.26 million passengers in the airport in 2018.
DeVos has been working with the FAA’s council now for over a year. His insights into the business aspect of airports has helped tremendously to prepare new budgets, policies, and future growth opportunities. Last year, the FAA made considerable changes to certain policies and budgets, including a new renovation announced for the GSO Tower that would cost $40 million.
While the council only meets once every quarter, DeVos is one of the key members of the council to have experience in what the FAA is looking to do across America with every airport. President Trump challenged the aviation industry in one of his first addresses, stating that America’s airports had fallen behind. Ever since then, there has been a lot of emphasis on upgrading airports and making them a better place to fly from.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport used to be small but now it’s a bustling travel space with a new business traveler’s area and food court. He will continue to help the airport as well as its pilot training school. DeVos co-founded the school with his wife Betsy DeVos, who is the 11th US Education Secretary.
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