Dick DeVos recently selected Phil Dolci, former President and CEO of the Crosman Corporation, to head the Stow Company Inc., a leader in home organization and storage products. Dolci, who holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, bring decades of experience to the Stowe Company. Devos said that he hopes Dolci will help the company continue to grow as he takes over as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dolci replaces the retiring Frank Newman, who led the company for the last four years.
I am an admirer if Dick DeVos, primarily because of his business acumen. He grew up in the family business; however, he didn’t officially start working Amway Corporation until 1974. Most men who have a cushy job in the family business rest on their laurels, do their job and enjoy life. Not Dick DeVos, he accepted the position of Vice President of Amway’s international operations and worked very hard to turn the overseas operations into a success. In just six years, DeVos took the international operations from generating five percent of Amway’s sales to being responsible for 50 percent of the company’s annual sales.
Currently the head of the Wingate Group, Dick Devos also works tirelessly for his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos is interested in bringing in charter schools, which, in his opinion, would push the public schools to do better. A product of a public school education, DeVos knows that education is the key to creating tomorrow’s business leaders in Grand Rapids.
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