Have you seen the news in Washington these days? There is a new DeVos who has been working the political arena. As Betsy DeVos takes on the role of US Secretary of Education, her husband Dick DeVos has campaigned with her. The pair have been involved in a variety of education campaigns throughout the past two decades in Michigan, where Dick DeVos has run for governor and provided incredible growth to his home town of Grand Rapids.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently formed the Management Advisory Council to get advise on a number of topics affecting airlines and aviation as a whole at the moment. The council is made up of 13 members who hail from transportation, security, and aviation business backgrounds. There is even a former airline executive on the council. All of these voices are meant to help the FAA as they began to make changes to policies, regulations, and budgets in order to see more growth.
DeVos has a lot of experience in that regard. He has been working with CEOs of airlines and airports, as well as pilots, for many years. He has seen how the economy has changed and how technology has challenged the aviation world. While many competitors in the same market have excelled, America remains behind in technology and security, especially in airports. DeVos has been worked with an airport for many years, helping them expand and grow exponentially.
The airport in Grand Rapids has been there since the early 1900s. However, it has recently expanded to be triple its original size. What’s the secret to their success? Dick DeVos has been working with the CEO of the Grand Rapids airport for many years. He has worked with the CEOs of Air Tran Airways and Southwest Airlines in order to bring in new flights and destinations.
The plan worked and many of the new flights allowed for ticket sales to grow, but that’s not all that DeVos did for the airport. He also co-founded an aviation school on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Airport with his wife Betsy DeVos. The new school trains students who want to become pilots. DeVos’ experience isn’t just limited to business in that sense. He can provide solid advice to the FAA on many topics because he has worked in every level, whether it’s sales, business connections, education, training, and actual security while being a pilot.
DeVos has been a pilot for many years, and he has licenses for different aircraft, such as jets and helicopters. While DeVos has always been more well known for his business acumen, it is love of the aviation industry that has brought him to Washington to work with others on stabilizing the industry and seeing new growth. As America has hit a decline in recent years in competition with other markets, it will be interesting to see how the council is able to pick it up.
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