The Success of Dick DeVos
One of the most promising and influential families in Western Michigan is the DeVos family. The DeVos family are the proud owners and founders of Amway Corporation which started out in the basement of the family home and has moved up to become an internationally renowned company. Currently, at the head of this business is Dick DeVos who has worked tirelessly with the community in order to make improvements and improve the overall well being of the community. Recently in news, Mr. DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have ventured to start getting into the liquor business which has been a personal dream of Dick for quite sometime.
Mr. DeVos’ license has recently been approved and has marked his entrance into the liquor business. The liquor to which Mr. DeVos will be involved in is located in a distillery that is owned by Walter Catton III. This distillery was opened in 2013 and has already expanded the distillery with the help of his investors to a 9,000 square-foot distillery. This new location even includes a tasting room that allows for 50 people to be in the room all at once. With the renovations almost complete, the owner and Dick DeVos are currently increasing the inventory with the upcoming Tulip Time Festival in mind.
Mr. DeVos decided to become a part of this endeavor as the distillery already distributes its product to more than 100 different locations. These locations include Michigan as well as Colorado and Illinois. This distillery has provided excellent quality liquor for any occasion whether it be for a restaurant or for a party.
In addition to this, Mr. Catton has even added a kitchen to the new distillery in order to now add appetizers that will be paired with the cocktails provided. Mr. Catton and Mr. DeVos currently are working with both full-time as well as part-time staff to create whiskey, vodka, gin, as well as rum. This distillery is now working hard to add handcrafted wine as well as beer.
Mr. DeVos has been a well respected individual in his community and is a well known philanthropist. Mr. DeVos has donated millions of dollars to several organizations through his family foundation. One of his biggest passions that he is the most supportive of is the education initiative. Mr. DeVos believes that in order to support economic growth, it is not more jobs that is needed, but instead it is more education to create jobs. This and his passion for flight are what inspired him to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school for students interested in avionics.
Learn more about Dick’s life and career by connecting with him on LinkedIn or liking his Facebook page. You can also see his professional profile here: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/