I always wanted to live out on a bungalow and telecommute for the last few years because all the kids were out of the house. I had no idea how I would plan for that because I was going to take a pay cut at work, but I talked to Laidlaw & Company about how they were going to help me. I got Matthew Eitner and James Ahern on the phone, and they made it so that I could have this dream.
They made a plan with me, and then they sent me to the broker who was going to put together the plan. He invested the money from the sale of my house, and he helped me pull it right back out to buy the bungalow. I have money left over for retirement, and I am going to put the rest of my retirement money in there when I actually retire.
There are some things that I had to plan because it is a little different living on the beach, and that is why I had to get someone from Laidlaw & Company to help me make sure that I am going to have a chance to have enough cash to live in this place. It can get more expensive because I am on the beach, and they have me set up with the cash that I need.
There are some people who are going to be able to do the same thing that I did because it is so simple. I have worked very hard to get to this point, and Laidlaw & Company has helped a lot.
An interview that was conducted by a Philanthropist had Mrs. DeVos share her thoughts on the role the Government plays in the education sector. She expressed her optimism regarding the high number of students in both public and privately funded academic programs in the Colombian district. She revealed how visiting the Potter’s House Christian School – a school that serves students from low-income families – had continuously inspired her and her husband Dick DeVos to support those students.
Dick’s ambition to run for the Michigan’s State Board of Education in 1990, showed their commitment to expanding the support to more students. That is how Mrs. DeVos got involved in the educational choice movement. Being active in politics, she initiated a political action committee named the Great Education Project in Michigan aimed at expanding charter schools in Michigan State. Mrs. DeVos stated that the program had managed to get more students to attend schools of their family’s choice, Florida being the best case study.
Indiana and Louisiana had also shown remarkable advances. The program was taken to the grassroots to raise awareness among community leaders and public officials. She stated that her main focus was not only to increase educational choice but also focused on assigning students to school basing on their family’s zip code. She also added her view on how digital learning would contribute in promoting learning among the students. She also added her voice to homeschooling and charter schools, stating that the educational choice movement also aimed at involving them. On the thought that charter schools endangered the educational reforms agenda she was advocating for, she thinks of them as very great schools and even stated that her husband opened a charter high school – West Michigan Aviation Academy – that presents opportunities for the students in Aviation. Mrs. DeVos also stated that she liked focusing on what she and her husband are doing in their effort to make American Education better. Her desires are that all children get the best educational setting and fulfill their potential given by God.
About Dick DeVos and His Charity Work
Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and business person from Michigan, born on October 21, 1955. He studied at Northwood University for Business Administration, and later, to Harvard Business School and Executive Study Programs at Wharton School. Dick received an honorary doctorate from Northwood University, Central Michigan University, and Grove City College. He has been participating in business and politics in Michigan contributing to various state acts and proposals.
Mr. DeVos is also a philanthropist I admire owing to their great service to the community. He and his wife have played a great role in various foundation activities, arts funding, scholarships, leadership among other philanthropic acts.