Melges 32 Blue Water Series, a three event sailing competition series, and the Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup, also a sailing event, both held in Ft Lauderdale, FL on the third of April of this year, concluded with a clear winner: Dick DeVos. He, together with his team, won in both the final event and in the series, winning both the battle and the war, the battle being a small part of the war. Dick DeVos said that he was very honored, and thanked his wonderful team for pulling it all together. He said he has to give credit to whoever raced in this competition, as everyone worked hard.
He also said that he could not wait to sail again this summer in Newport, as he feels that there is no better place to sail than in Newport. Jason Carrolls Argo team fought very hard against Dick DeVos in the eighth race but eventually lost. However, Jason and his team did come in second place.
In case you are wondering who exactly Dick Devos is, here are some details. He is a well-known businessman from Michigan, and Dick DeVos is the son of the founder of Amway and served as its CEO from 1993 until 2002. He is very involved in charity work and philanthropy. He first started working at Amway in 1974, when he was in charge of many aspects of running the business, such as marketing and development. In 1984, he was promoted to become one of Amway’s vice presidents. In 1991, DeVos left Amway for a brief time to become CEO of the NBA team Orlando Magic. He headed it for two years, and then returned to Amway in 1993 to become its CEO. With this, he succeeded his father. Under his management, Amway grew extensively, expanding operations to fifty countries around the globe and six continents.
Dick DeVos has been involved in helping low-income students receive an education. In 1993, he and his wife became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund, which provides scholarships to low-income students so that they can attend the school where they want to go. He even matched a seven and a half million grant to the Education Freedom Fund, paying it out of his own pocket. He became the co-chair of the Kids First! Yes! committee in 2000, which supported tax credits for elementary age students. He has also contributed to other organizations. Dick DeVos is also known for his contributions to politics in particular.