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skipos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 09:37 AM
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DeVos resume (emailed to me, no link)
RICHARD DEVOS, JR.
POSITION DESIRED: GOVERNOR STATE OF MICHIGAN

EDUCATION: HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE (1973)
Grand Rapids Forest Hills
2nd string Quarterback of football team (Quit in senior year- team was reportedly progressing faster than him)

COLLEGE:
Calvin College (1973) Quit after one semester (college not for him)
Northwood Institute, Midland, MI (1981) Received business degree.
Attended night classes Harvard Business School. Quit without completing program
Wharton Executive Study Program. Quit without completing program

EMPLOYMENT:
1974-1989 AMWAY CORPORATION, Ada, MI Company involved with the sale and distribution of household products. Founded and managed by his father Richard DeVos, Sr. and his partner Jay Van Andel in 1959. Some refer to company as pyramid scheme where average distributor makes $124 per month. Held various positions with company rising to VP of International Operations. Quit to start own company.

1989-1992 Founder and CEO of Windquest Group. Closet organizer and storage container business (less pressure). Quit to return to Amway.

1991-1993 President of Orlando Magic, professional basketball team. Father purchased team in 1991. Quit to return to Amway

1993-2002 AMWAY CEO. Managed business to its greatest losses in history then downsized number of Michigan employees from 5,300 to 3,900. Invested $200 Million in China. Now Company is 80% Asian company. Quit to return to Windquest and pursue other interests.

PUBLIC SERVICE:
1990 elected to 8 year term to State Board of Education. Quit after two years, missing ? of all meeting (the most of any Board member)

1996 appointed by Governor Engler to Board of Control, Grand Valley State University. Quit before term expired; last meeting attended July, 2000. (missed 16 of 27 meetings)

2000 spearheaded Michigan ballot proposal to use public school funds for vouchers for private/charter schools. Personally spent millions to finance campaign. Measure was soundly defeated by 69% of votes cast.

CHARITABLE GIVING:
His wife and their foundation have generously given tens of millions of dollars to virtually every Republican, conservative and far-right group/cause. His family was the largest contributors to President Bush in 2000 and 2004. Wife Betsy has said they expect a return for their giving.

FAMILY:
Married Wife Betsy DeVos in 1979. Formerly Betsy Prince, heir to the Prince auto parts fortune. Betsy was Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman and finance chairwoman of National Republican Party Senatorial Committee. They have four adult children.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
Licensed pilot (Amway owns 14 aircraft, 10 of which are jets); Yachting (owns 41st largest yacht in USA); Accumulating great wealth (personal fortune estimated at $500 Million dollars, but won't release tax returns); Spending fortune on political interests (has spent more than $30 million of his own money in campaign for Governor.

POLICY POSITIONS:
Opposes abortion under any circumstances, other than to save life of the mother. Even in cases of rape or incest.

Does not support law to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. Says Michigan citizens should have the right to CHOOSE

Opposes embryonic stem cell research even if existing and unused stem cells are discarded or thrown in trash. Despite the huge promise and potential of stem cell research to save lives and benefit the public health.

Supports abolishing Michigan SBT by end of 2007. If abolished will eliminate nearly two billion dollars of revenue to the state. Favors one-half of the revenue being replaced by a tax on business, but won't discuss other taxes considered to replace lost revenue or what cuts in services he would recommend. For comparison, the entire operating budget of Michigan Department of Corrections is 1.7 billion dollars.

Supports eliminating business personal property taxes of 1.8 billion dollars but doesn't have plan to replace revenue lost by municipalities some of which depend upon this tax for 50-60% of their budgets. This loss would cause elimination of essential services (police, fire and schools).

Supports eliminating the estate tax. Is one of 80 families that has lobbied Congress (with millions of dollars) to eliminate Federal and State Estate taxes which would be a huge tax windfall to the wealthiest of the wealthy.

Says best way to deal with medical insurance crisis in Michigan is for all Michigan Citizens to get a good job, even though fewer and fewer employers are providing affordable health insurance and number of uninsured is increasing.

Says Governor Granholm is not managing Michigan well although Michigan is rated the third best managed state in the country, the best and most citizen friendly internet site in the country, and is operating with the lowest number of State employees since 1974.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 12:39 PM
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1. I wonder why he quit Calvin after one semester?
Calvin is a very conservative school (the Christian Reformed Church does not ordain women), but they have high academic requirements for students. I'm not sure that they can be bought by rich relatives to keep an underachiever enrolled, either-true calvinists are pretty honest people, even if you disagree with them about issues.

I don't know much about Northwoods, but I have not heard anything bad about it.

I'm sick of the negativity that he started early in his campaign. It's just getting worse, and now Bouchard has joined in on the ugliness (not that it is helping him any).

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jeanarrett Donating Member (813 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 03:58 PM
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2. Is there a link for this?
Edited on Wed Oct-25-06 04:01 PM by jeanarrett
I would like to post this on my local newspaper's forum. (Livingston Press & Argus). Is there a link for this particular paragraph:

Says Governor Granholm is not managing Michigan well although Michigan is rated the third best managed state in the country, the best and most citizen friendly internet site in the country, and is operating with the lowest number of State employees since 1974.

I would like to post the link after the end.

Thanks.

Isn't Northwood one of those schools where just about anyone can get into, regardless of GPA? Seems to me that when I was in high school a lot of the athletes that couldn't "cut the mustard" academically ended up going to Northwood. Not necessarily saying anything bad about it, just saying. Kind of like the "Cooley" of law schools.
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russ1943 Donating Member (405 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 04:02 PM
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3. NORTHWOOD IS NOW A UNIVERSITY!
After high school DeVos briefly attended Calvin College and as the Detroit News put it, decided college wasnt for him. In 1981 he earned a business degree from Northwood Institute which has since become a full fledged University and now boasts a Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management (available at three campus locations).
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:25 PM
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4. I Failed a Course in that Program - Outsourcing 533 (OS533)
It wasn't like I didn't do all the work or anything.

I busted my butt.

It just came down to the fact that I couldn't screw over hard working American workers to send production to a bunch of Communists in China.

I had too much personal integrity to do that.

So, poof, there went my "DeVos Degree".



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HeardOnTheHill Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:41 PM
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5. I see a trend...
The word "quit" seems to pop up quite a bit in that resume. While Dick may be a big quitter, we can't quit until this race is over. Granholm is doing great, but this race is still too close for comfort, so everyone get out the vote and get to the polls next Tuesday.
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