When you have a family name, it can come with a great responsibility. Some people are ready to handle that while others shrink under that pressure. The DeVos family name is one that garners a great deal of respect and admiration from the general public. When it comes to Dick DeVos, this is something he has embraced and taken, head on, without fear and without hesitation. Dick is the oldest son of his father, Richard DeVos, Sr., and he knows he has made his father proud and done the family name right. He is both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.
As an entrepreneur, he has always had his pulse on the family business and doing what is right for the business. When it comes to The Amway Corporation, he has had to make many decisions, some of them can be quite difficult. He never hesitates or second guesses himself, however. He embraces it head on and looks for solutions to any problem that comes his way. He has learned from the best in his father. He has always known that the best way to succeed is to listen, ask questions, and learn. You can never have enough information or know too much. The more you know, the better off you will be in the long run.
Perhaps the most important thing Dick learned from his father was how to be a philanthropist and give back to others. It isn’t something that you do because you feel like you have to or because you want to look good for the media. It is something you do because in your heart of hearts, you know it is the right thing to do. You know that if you were in their position, you would want someone to help you. Dick DeVos reaches people and knows how to help whenever and however he can.
As a businessman, he is someone that people truly enjoy working for, because he has an open mind and likes to listen other people’s ideas. He takes them seriously and keeps his ear to the ground. Dick also has an open-door policy where people can come to him at anytime with something and he will listen to it. He knows it takes a team effort and the company is only as good as its employees. In fact, they are more like a family, as they stick together and are there for each other.