Dick DeVos, founder, and president of Windquest Group is in the process of joining liquor business. This is as a result of the ongoing acquisition of Coppercraft Distillery, opened in 2013 by Walter Catton III. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory in Michigan, the resident agent is receiving all the documents or mails in place of the entity. Also, on 20th January, the Liquor Control Commission approved the transfer of license. They mainly distil whiskey, gin, rum and vodka although they have also ventured into wine and beer. Walter said that he had been in search of an investor who could help him expand their distribution as well as open a kitchen in their testing room for making an appetizer to go with their cocktails. Coppercraft has a broad range of market from Michigan to Illinois and Colorado. Looking at the leadership experience of Dick DeVos, when acquisition process is finalized the distillery will grow immensely.
DeVos born in 1955 succeeded his father as the president of Amway, a family owned business, from 1993 to 2002. He was in charge of all operations of the company and saw the company make sales of $4.5 billion before he left to open Windquest. He also broke Amway’s record when under his leadership they tripled international sales making them more than domestic sales. He also served as the company’s vice president and was put in-charge of operations of their branches outside North America. Dick has also been actively engaged in some philanthropic activities outside business roles. He has awarded over 4000 scholarships to students to join West Michigan Aviation Academy and served on the State Board of Education. He also led various Grand Rapids area initiatives aimed at improving Healthcare, downtown area, and conventional center.
He’s an alumnus of Northwood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has been honored with doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University. DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have seven children. They also run The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which deals with education, art, justice and nurturing leaders. He also vied for a public seat in 2006 as governor of Michigan State. He is also a helicopter and jet aircraft pilot plus a two-time National Sailor’s champion.
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