Dick DeVos Models True Success

Richard (Dick) DeVos’ life has been one of hard work and generous philanthropy. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he attended school in the Forest Hills Public School System. His bachelor’s of business degree was earned at Northwoods University also in Michigan. His father, Richard Sr., co-founder of Amway started him off helping with the family business where he worked his way up to Vice President of the company.

 

Soon Dick was branching out on his own and started The Windquest Group. Around the same time, he was appointed manager of the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise, which was acquired by the DeVos family. In 2000, Dick returned to Amway as President, taking his father’s place and restructured the company, which is now Alticor. Two years later he retired from Amway to devote his time to Windquest. In 2006 he ran and lost the republican ticket for Governor of Michigan.

 

Dick’s and his wife Betsy, recently appointed Secretary of Education in the Trump administration, have been married for thirty-five years. They have seven children and five grand children. So it is no surprise that most of their philanthropic work has been in education. A proponent of School choice, vouchers, and charter schools, they have supported Christian schools in their home town for years. Financial contributions have also gone to support arts and culture, community, justice, and leadership, with the whole family helping to make decisions about where and how much to give. The DeVos are very generous in their giving. Their lifetime giving has been recognized by Forbes to be 1.33 billion dollars. In 2015 alone, they gave 11.6 which far exceed the last five years of contributions (5.3 million) to political campaigns. Their goal in giving is to reach and serve people in a direct way, outside of politics.

 

DeVos is an author. “Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century” published in 1998, talks about principles, like honesty and integrity, and how to let them guide our lives. He is an avid aviator, and a two time National Champion sailor, competing frequently in the Chicago-Mackinac race. The welcome message on Dick DeVos website sums up his life best, “Be bold. Take the first step today. Smile. Be humble. Work hard. Volunteer. Tutor. The important thing is to make a difference and follow through on your commitment.” Not many people practice what they preach, however looking at the life of Dick DeVos and his families commitment to helping others reach the same level of success, it is evident that he does just that.

U.K. Vintners And The Story Of One Of The Tastiest Wine In The World

The wine sourced from U.K. are considered to be one of the tastiest and best in the world. Due to that, there is a huge demand for U.K. wine from across the world. Many people are not sure how to source the good quality U.K. wine. Considering there is sub-standard wine selling in the name of British wine, its fans are always interested in buying it directly from the primary sellers. The U.K vintners are very professional in helping the customers in getting the original products from them.

In reality, many of the U.K vintners are a group of winemakers who formed an organization set up to produce wine in a given standard, grade it and to sell it at a competitive rate. While they work as a consortium, they can limit the number of units to be sold in a year or can make varieties of wine. Also, it works with the concept of mass production and export, so that the expenses in each step of manufacturing and marketing can be negotiated better. It also makes an increased access to the market and potential markets. The role of vintners include sourcing good quality wines from vineyards, check its quality, test it, label it for sales and market it.

Some of the U.K vintners are collecting grapes from cultivators and prepare fine quality wine in their large breweries. Then, it goes for marketing, and it is either selling online or will be sold through shops. Interestingly, many of them are buying good quality wine from other small-scale winemakers as well. The online selling is typically working in the line of online retail websites, where users can choose the type of product required and get it delivered to their address. There are some good online wine stores in U.K. were users get many options including gifting services, regular discounts, etc.

There are wine clubs also to buy high-quality wine for an average customer. These clubs are working in such a way that they deliver good quality wines to customers’ doorstep at regular intervals. These clubs offer discounts and sometimes provide money-back programs for the wine that are not liked by the customers. Customers can opt for the membership of any good wine club and get assured that they get tasty wine.

Interestingly, 2016 was a great year for English wines as the total export marked a record and even people from France and Italy bought it. The latest forecast shows that the export of U.K wines will grow ten times by 2020.