Some people live 120 years but leave no real legacy. Others improve the lives of many in numerous ways within a very short period of time. Dick Devos is in the second category.
Grand Rapids Michigan Airport
What is your carbon footprint? Some have started to gauge their impact and legacy upon Mother Earth using this measure. Others, like Dick Devos, can look at their local community to gauge their influence.
Grand Rapids Michigan Airport was deemed to be 1 of the 5 most expensive in the nation. This had made it difficult for low-cost airlines to expand their operations there. It also made it difficult for passengers to fly through the airport to other destinations.
The State of Michigan has a fairly centralized location between the East and Midwest. Unfortunately, most passengers were flying through Chicago, instead of Grand Rapids. Philanthropist Dick Devos thought that he could change that.
Personal Connections Pay Dividends
Dick Devos made a personal phone call to the CEO of AirTran Airways to discuss expanding service to the local Grand Rapids Airport – Gerald R. Ford International Airport. When low cost carriers expanded their operations, consumers enjoyed lower fares. Naturally, this led to more passengers using the service.
Grand Rapids, Michigan needed to generate more business and traffic flow through its airport. The decline of the automakers had hit the area hard. With the addition of AirTran and Southwest, there was hope.
Some might compare the “Southwest Effect” to the railroad effect of the 1900s. When a railroad passed through a town, it raised the profile of the community. It opened up new doors.
Due to his personal connections, Southwest and AirTran listed to Dick Devos. Eventually, they expanded their operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick Devos had delivered real rewards to his hometown community.
Federal Aviation Administration
Now, Pilot Dick Devos is taking his active voice to the national scene. He has created a better airport experience for his hometown, what can he do for the entire country? What can be the national legacy of Dick Devos?
Dick Devos has many valuable business connections. People understand that he knows what he is talking about and get things done. He is able to “think outside of the box” to deliver what all parties need.
Improving American lives has been the mission of Dick Devos. He has accomplished a lot in the State of Michigan. Now, by being appointed to the Civilian Board of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he can help the entire nation.
Connections, passion and understanding have helped Dick Devos live a successful life. He does not only think about himself, but is committed to the well-being of all. First, Grand Rapids and Michigan – now America awaits his valuable input and can-do attitude. Learn more: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-10/michigan-charter-school-backed-by-devos-growing