Doug DeVos

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Doug DeVos
Born (1964-10-06) October 6, 1964 (age 54)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Known for Amway President
Spouse(s) Maria DeVos
Parent(s) Richard DeVos
Helen Van Wesep
Relatives Dick DeVos (brother)
Dan DeVos (brother)

Doug DeVos (born October 6, 1964) is an American businessman.

As President of Amway since 2002, Doug DeVos oversees daily operations of the company with Chairman Steve Van Andel.[1] Together, they form the Office of the Chief Executive. He is the youngest son of Helen June (Van Wesep) and Amway co-founder Rich DeVos, who, with Steve’s father Jay Van Andel, started Amway in Ada, Michigan, in 1959.[2][3]

From 2014 to 2017, DeVos served as chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA), a global trade organization representing more than 60 national direct selling associations. [4] In 2012, he was inducted into the United States Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame.[5]

DeVos has teamed with John J. "Hap" Fauth and Roger Penske to lead the New York Yacht Club's 2021 entry into the America's Cup, sailing's flagship competition. The entry marks the club's return to the historic race after a 15-year absence. The New York Yacht Club first won the America's Cup in 1851. [6]

Along with his Quantum Racing team, DeVos won the 52 Super Series Championship in 2018, the world's leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit. [7]DeVos and Quantum also won the championship in 2013, 2014 and 2016.[8]

He also is a majority owner of Quantum Sails, a leading sail manufacturer based in Traverse City, Michigan. [9]

DeVos played quarterback at Purdue University as an undergraduate student. In 2015, he joined several other Purdue alumni to donate a combined $12.1 million toward the construction of a new football training complex.[10] In 2016, he was honored by the "He Played Football" award from the Joe Tiller Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The award is intended to provide recognition to a former football player from the Northeast Indiana region who went on to become highly successful in life after football.[11]

DeVos was also the former Co-Chair (along with Christian film and media producer Billy Zeoli) of Gospel Communications International. Gospel Communications International developed the BibleGateway.com website and also trained and hosted hundreds of evangelical ministries on the internet beginning in 1995. Gospel Communications International both sold the BibleGateway.com website and ceased operations on December 15, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martinez, Shandra (August 3, 2012). "Amway Makes No Apologies for President Doug DeVos' 'Private Gift' to Anti-Gay Marriage Group". MLlive. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Amway President Doug DeVos: Our Leadership". Amway. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
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  4. ^ Associations, Amway; World Federation of Direct Selling. "Amway President Doug DeVos Named Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  5. ^ "Press Release". www.dsa.org. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  6. ^ Kuriloff, Aaron (2018-08-15). "New York Yacht Club Has Sights Set on the America's Cup". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  7. ^ "Quantum Racing 52 SUPER SERIES Champions for 2018, Luna Rossa Win Valencia Title › 52 SUPER SERIES - Pure Performance". 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  8. ^ "The 52 SUPER SERIES › 52 SUPER SERIES - Pure Performance". 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  9. ^ "Amway president's international win is victory for Michigan sailmaker". MLive.com. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  10. ^ Service, Purdue News. "Football alumni pledge $12.1 million to performance complex; Board of Trustees approves new everyday home of the Boilermakers - Purdue University". www.purdue.edu. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  11. ^ ""He Played Football"". Joe Tiller NFF Chapter. Retrieved 2018-10-12.