Most people don’t realize this but both Betsy and Dick Devos are in Washington now. The political couple has been supporting each other through the campaigns for the past decade, but now Devos has joined his wife, the US Education Secretary on Capitol Hill. Of course, it’s in an area that is completely separate from Betsy Devos. However, most saw the move as a surprise given Devos’ background in sales growth and business.
Devos was appointed to the Management Advisory Council for the Federal Aviation Administration in September 2017. The council meets once every three months to discuss different policies, regulations, future growth ideas, and budgets. Devos, being an aviation enthusiast, has been praised for his work with airports and airlines. As someone who is an avid pilot, he has been able to work his love of aviation into his business interests, bringing together his friends from business dealings to his aviation world.
That includes the former CEO of Air Tran Airways. Air Tran was a popular airline in the 1990s and early 2000s that provided a lot of cheap flights to and from areas of the US. In 2000s, Devos approached the airline’s CEO and asked if he thought they could open up some new terminals at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
The move worked, and several new flights were started from Air Tran Airways to go to places like Vegas, Orlando, St. Louis, and Denver. This resulted in increased traffic from business travelers who had been traveling too far or dealing with long layovers in Detroit, rather than just taking a one-way flight from the new Gerald R. Ford International Airpot.
In any case, the airport will be receiving some much-needed repairs and renovations throughout 2018. The Southwest CEO praised the FAA for choosing Devos, as well as the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. While Devos has been working with the airport for many years, he originally started working with the airport as part of an initiative to grow Grand Rapids as fast as possible.
The $45 million renovation is just a piece of the way that Devos has helped the city of Grand Rapids as well, bringing in new businesses and setting up shop in downtown Grand Rapids to keep it more populated.
Now that Dick is working in Washington, he’ll be meeting with the council every three months to discuss his ideas on common problems that are facing aviation and some ways to combat the issues.
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