Most people don’t realize that Dick Devos is more than just a businessman. He is a pilot, school mentor, and city planner. He has been working with business leaders in several industries for most of his career, and he has cultivated a lot of relationships from being extremely intelligent when it comes to investing and sponsoring new relationships with different companies.
That knowledge was part of the reason why he was appointed to the Management Advisory Council for the Federal Aviation Administration in 2017. His new position was praised by the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the CEO of Southwest, both of whom have worked with Devos in the past for a mutual benefit. The CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport has been especially grateful due to the fact that Devos has been one of the driving forces behind the airport’s growth.
Over the past two decades, Devos has been working with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to bring in new business and help the airport rapidly grow. It had hit a stale period in the 1990s and even with a re-launch in 1999, the airport was in trouble of losing business. Devos worked with the CEO of Air Tran Airways to ensure that new flights were brought on and helped to keep the airport afloat.
Then the airport exploded with growth and now a $45 million renovation will be completed in 2018. The new expansion brings in digital technology to the terminals, a new food court area, and a business traveler center. It was Devos who wanted to make the airport much bigger than it was and did his best to leverage relationships to make it happen. He also co-founded a school with his wife on the grounds of the airport. The aviation academy teaches students how to become pilots. Devos has been piloting his own planes for many years, so joining the FAA just seems natural for him.
The council consists of 13 members from transportation and aviation backgrounds, including former airline executives, many of whom have heard of Devos or worked with him. Devos has always invested in aviation and now he will be helping the FAA navigate these choppy waters in the hope of restoring America to its aviation glory days.
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