Dick Devos is one of the quintessential new members of the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Management Advisory Council. The council consists of 13 members ranging from transportation authority backgrounds to airline executives. Each member brings some experience to help the FAA with new policies and regulations that it has been releasing for the past year.
Devos isn’t the usual candidate for the FAA’s council, but that would only be true if you didn’t know his background. As the son of Rich Devos and former CEO of Amway, Dick Devos has an excellent business acumen, leading to record-breaking global sales during his time at the company. Now he runs his own private equity firm that exclusively represents companies who want a brighter future for Earth. This includes companies like Boxed Water.
In addition, for the past decade, Devos has been working with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. With his connections to airline business executives, he was able to work some magic for the airport in the early 2000s. In fact, one story reveals that Devos called up the CEO of AirTran Airways and simply asked if the company would be open to adding new destinations at his hometown’s airport. It was this type of business acumen that helped the airport sail into higher sales and a new target audience.
If there was one thing that Devos understood, it was being a business traveler. He set up Grand Rapids to be a new hub for business conferences, and he thought that the addition of destinations on the business circuit would also increase people’s want to go to Grand Rapids. There were some other choices that Devos made to help business leaders with other projects in order to build up the entertainment and commerce factor of the city as well.
Now that he has been on the council for a bit, Dick Devos has revealed more to the strategy that has helped determine future growth ideas for what’s next in American aviation. After all, it was President Trump who said that America’s aviation had fallen behind in comparison to other airports around the world.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has become so successful that it recently underwent a $45 million renovation funded by the airlines to ensure that it continues to be successful for another decade. One of the ways that Devos can help the FAA is come up with strategies for technological improvements. The new Gerald R. Ford International Airport will have a business center, in addition to a new food court.
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