Have you seen the news about Dick Devos? The Devos family has been in Washington for quite some time now. With Betsy Devos becoming the 11th US Education Secretary in 2016 and her husband Dick Devos joining Washington in September 2017, there have been some strong hints that the Devos family will continue to stay around in Washington and move deeper into political circles. Of course, Dick Devos has been working with the FAA now for over a year and has provided incredible insight.
The FAA started the Management Advisory Council after President Trump challenged the agency over the state of America’s airports. Trump said that America’s airports were so far behind other markets. This prompt was taken into consideration when the FAA began to think about new policies, regulations, and budgets that would manage the agency’s directives for a few years.
Part of that was creating a civilian board that could steer the policies and regulations towards the best ideas. Devos has been working with the FAA now for over a year. He has met with the council every quarter, providing his business acumen when it comes to all kinds of important policies and plans for future growth. Devos is particularly good with airport planning because he has been working with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for some time.
Back in the 1990s, Devos was heavily involved with city planning and construction in Grand Rapids. He worked with business leaders to build up the downtown area, building the Devos Performance Hall and Devos Place Convention Center. Part of this was in his plan to work with the airport, as he wanted to bring more business travelers through the city. That meant working with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
In 1999, the airport had just re-launched. It was supposed to help with ticket sales, but this re-work and updated design didn’t help the airport that much. It was when Devos started to talk to the CEO of Air Tran Airways that he was able to bring in new ticket sales. Air Tran was a popular airline in the early 2000s that had several flights at the Grand Rapids location. Once they agreed to expand from this one phone call, there were new ticket sales and lots of growth for the airport.
In fact, by 2018, Gerald R. Ford International Airport had grown so big that it needed a $45 million fund for renovation. Devos was integral to helping put this deal together. It’s also one of the reasons that he has been nominated to the council by the FAA. He now meets with the council once every quarter. His business acumen has helped him with a number issues and also shone him that it’s about training and education as well.
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