Dick DeVos Shares His Sailing Expertise with Youth Sailor in Competition

Dick DeVos, former President and CEO of Amway and one of the richest men internationally participated in the 2016 Melges Gold Cup Sailing Competition. The competitive event was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. Spectators were excited about the second day race and looking forward to the three races that were added to the competition. DeVos was leader of the scoreboard by one point of the second day competition. The Lauderdale Yacht Club Foundation made the event really special by allowing youth sailors to join the competitors during the race.

Mr. DeVos is known internationally as an entrepreneur, business leader and humanitarian. From the mid-1970s through mid-1980s, Dick worked for Amway and later returned to the company in 1991 as the President and CEO (learn more about Dick’s time at Amway here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). In between time off working at Amway, the businessman was Chief Executive Officer for the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise (New Netherland Institute profile). Presently, DeVos is very much involved in the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and co-chairman of Grand Action. Dick is also a board member of West Michigan Aviation Academy, Spectrum Health System and Willow Creek Association.
Over the years, Dick has contributed time to help young children and millions of dollars to non-profit organizations for education, arts, and healthcare. Among those organizations are Kids Hope USA, Potter’s House, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and Education Freedom Fund. He has also given to various political campaigns, candidates and causes and was even famously referenced in an episode of House of Cards (read Dick’s thoughts here on Mlive.com)
The two-time national champion sailor successfully rose to first place day two of the 2016 Melges Gold Cup Sailing Competition. The learning experience Dick DeVos shared with the youth sailor is something that will remembered for years to come.  The Lauderdale Yacht Club Foundation made this event possible for young sailors to participate in the grand prix sailing competition.

Congratulations to the recent Melges 32 Gold Cup participants and winners—what a thrilling race against incredibly talented sailors!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, February 15, 2016