Dick DeVos has been nominated to the Federal Aviation Administration’s advisory council. As of September 2017, DeVos has been serving the FAA for over a year now. The results have been phenomenal. There have been new changes to policies and regulations, as well as budgets for new renovations to major airports, such as the $40 million budget set for the new GSO Tower.
Why was DeVos selected to join this prestigious aviation council? Many don’t even realize that DeVos is a huge fan of aviation and has also succeeded in doing something that no one could have done. He put Grand Rapids on the map and changed the direction of a failing airport in order to do it.
DeVos is well known for being the son of Rich DeVos, the owner and founder of Amway, but he has always been his own entrepreneur and businessman. He possesses an incredible business acumen that has gotten him a ton of accolades, but nothing is as big as what he did for Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids had hit a period of stagnant growth in the 1990s. It wasn’t until Grand Action, a committee for business leaders in the area, started to get involved that the city picked up in economic traffic. Before that, businesses were leaving downtown and causing the city to fall apart. DeVos also helped by planning new buildings, including DeVos Place Convention Center and DeVos Performance Hall. Grand Action was also responsible for bringing the Andel Arena to the city.
Nothing compared still to the economic boom that would face the city with the rise of the airport. For years, the airport had been a small place just for local businessman and travelers who wanted to go to a few specific cities. Now it was an international airport, and DeVos was responsible for bringing in new destinations. It was part of his strategy to help the city bring in business travelers. With one phone call to the CEO of Air Tran Airways in the early 2000s, he was able to bring in more business than the airport had ever had.
In 2018, the airport had 3.36 million passengers. The record-breaking growth was something new that hadn’t been expected. The airport had just finished its renovations on the first part of the Gateway Transformation Project, which included a new business traveler center and food court upgrades. Now they would begin updating other technology around the airport to make it easier and faster for passengers to get from drop-off to their terminals.
Now that DeVos has been on the council for over year, he has helped the FAA with a number of different projects and will continue to work with the agency through 2019 and beyond. His work will likely also help him improve his relationships in Washington, where he joins his wife, Betsy DeVos. She is the current US Secretary of Education.
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