How Dick DeVos Has Given Much More Than Millions Of Dollars To Others

Dick DeVos is probably often characterized the most by the dollar sign, and it certainly sent shockwaves through mainstream American when he revealed that he and his wife Betsy had given $139 million to lifetime philanthropy. But Dick has not made the money’s value as important as how he’s planned to make changes with it. One of his first major changes was when he formed Grand Action Committee to change how the city was developing. He had seen how Detroit’s development and entertainment venues had been moved out of the downtown, negatively affecting its development, and after starting up a campaign Dick DeVos was able to change the construction site of an arena to the Grand Rapids downtown.

 

It’s well-known that Dick’s wife Betsy DeVos is the current Secretary of Education, but a big reason for this is that she and Dick have been hard at work giving Michigan families more choices to send their children to school. Dick and Betsy started the Education Freedom Scholarship, the American Education Reform Council and also teamed up with Children’s Scholarship Fund. In 2002 and the following years they began focusing their philanthropy on growing charter schools and even starting one of their own. By 2010 they had built the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

 

Dick DeVos has been contributing to health, arts, business colleges, and church-related non-profits and pro-life groups. In 2006 he gave over $12 million to the Spectrum Health’s children’s hospital which was renamed for his mother, Helen DeVos. He also won the Art of Giving award for that donation. He has given back to universities such as his alma mater Northwood University, Grand Valley State, and the Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and Betsy also donated to the University of Maryland’s Institute for Arts Management’s facility completion.

 

Dick DeVos’s full name is Richard Marvin DeVos Jr., but has gone by “Dick” since his father also goes by Richard DeVos. His father is the co founder along with the Van Andel family of Amway Corporation and the owner of the Orlando Magic. Dick was taught all about philanthropy and business by his father, and he decided to follow in his footsteps once he completed his formal education. Dick’s work at Amway began as a lower level manager, but soon moved to the executive division with him becoming vice president and then CEO. He turned Amway Corporation into a major international sales company generating billions in revenue over that time. Today Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy invest in disruptive companies and clean energy initiatives through The Windquest Group. Dick has also been influential in the state’s Republican party, including running for governor in 2006, and being the head of the 2012 right-to-work law passage. He’s also a leader at Hudson Institute and Heritage Foundation.

 

OSI Industries: An Award Winning Organization

OSI Industries recently received the Globe of Honor Award from the British Safety Council. It is an award that is given to organizations that display a supreme awareness of environmental safety. The council recognizes companies that employ safe methods throughout every aspect of their business. OSI has proven to be a safety conscious operation from the executive level down to its factory workers. This type of accolade shows others within the industry that OSI can be counted upon to present itself with integrity.

OSI Industries continues to build on its success. The company acquired Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Chicago based manufacturer that was looking to close its doors. This would have cost its employees hundreds of jobs. OSI Industries was able to sustain the operation by investing in the long-time food manufacturer.

OSI Industries was founded in the early 1900s by a German immigrant. He started a meat market and grew into a well run supplier of meat products for other industries in the area. He called his company Otto and Sons and ran it with his children. In the 1950s Otto Kolschowsky’s sons made a business arrangement with Ray Kroc who was leading the McDonald’s organization. Ray Kroc used Otto and Sons as one of its many suppliers at that time. Over the years Otto and Sons showed the business expertise that made them the number one supplier to the enormous McDonald’s franchise.

Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and continued to expand within the food industry. They currently have business relationships with Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway and Papa John’s Pizza. Their reach is show worldwide through many different business operations. Hiring a diverse employee base is one way that OSI Industries remains at the forefront of business ideas and concepts. They have recruiting territories in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Their plants operate in several different continents.

OSI Industries is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States. Their influence stretches throughout Europe as they have acquired other major manufacturers in the region such as Flagship Food Group and Baho Foods. These acquisitions allows OSI Industries to make an impact in other areas of the food manufacturing market.