In 1991, the city of Grand Rapids underwent a number of changes, considering the new developmental projects that were being introduced. One of the proposed projects was to construct a multifunctional stadium that hosts an array of sporting events. The entire project was deemed to be beneficial for the development of the city, even though some of its notable members thought otherwise. One person who disagreed with the developmental project was Dick DeVos, who at the time was a prominent figure in the business and political scene. DeVos cited the example of another city who had moved in a similar direction. He decided to approach the city council and mentioned to them that this was something that could potentially hurt the city. He stated that the city that already went through with this plan had more to lose than to gain. The city managed to host a few sporting events, but for most of the time, the city was unable to fill up the seats of the sports center. This, in turn, caused them considerable loses and affected the overall outcome of their developmental plan.
The strong argument that Dick DeVos made resonated with the city council who then realized that this was not the best direction to move into with regards to the sports center. The realized that a better course of action would be to construct something that would actually benefit the people in the city and which could be used by its citizens on a regular basis. He proposed the idea of starting up a community center that could host local events and which could provide individuals with a place where they could meet and engage with others from the city. This new project proved to be an enormous success and was something that was greatly beneficial for the city of Grand Rapids.
Dick DeVos has always been interested in the development of his city and of his state of Michigan. He believed that the state could possibly become one of the most prosperous in the entire country and believed that there was an incredible amount of developmental potential within it, which is why he always strived to achieve the best for it. This was even showcased in his run for the Senator of Michigan. Although he did not secure this position, the contribution that he made was evident and something that could not be ignored.
Dick DeVos has always been a high achiever since his early days and knew that he was destined to do good in the world. Being the son of the founder of Amway was just a bonus for him as it helped him grow in the professional sphere. He helped the company tremendously and fulfilled the shoes of his father in the most efficient manner and enabled further growth of the company as a whole. The contribution that he has made has helped Amway reach the top of this industry and has helped it grow into the international powerhouse that it currently is.
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