Last year, Dick Devos made the news in Washington with his appointment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. With 13 members, Devos was the last one to be appointed, but his appointment was praised by many in aviation, including the CEO of Southwest and the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. While many people don’t realize this, Devos is an aviation enthusiast who has been working with the Grand Rapids airport for many years. He has also struck up a great partnership with many airline executives through his work.
The FAA has been making a lot of changes to policies and regulations throughout 2018. This comes after President Trump challenged the agency in his bid for presidency. He stated that airports had fallen compared to airports in foreign markets. The new Management Advisory Council meets once every quarter to discuss policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth plans.
Devos is the perfect nominee to the council. With his business acumen and experience with airlines, he has been helping the Gerald R. Ford International Airport since 1999. As the airport re-launched, there were still issues with ticket sales. The airport had been suffering a long period of stagnant growth. In fact, the airport had been open since the early 1900s.
However, it had yet to expand much in terms of airlines, terminals, or destinations. Devos began working with the airport in the 2000s, using his connections through Amway and being a globally recognized business leader. He started by making a phone call to the CEO of Air Tran Airways. The airline had a few terminals at the international airport in Grand Rapids, but Devos persuaded the CEO to open up new destinations.
Devos saw a lot of opportunities for the airport to grow as a business traveler destination. He could see that people wanted to go to other business conference areas such as Orlando, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Denver. With Grand Rapids in the same pool of destinations and thanks to a brand new convention center freshly built by the Devos Family Foundation, Devos saw that there could be conferences held in Grand Rapids as well.
This move made a big difference for the city, and it put Dick Devos on the map for his masterful business decisions. It was this experience that the FAA was looking for when they appointed him to the council. Since that time, he has been meeting with the FAA once every quarter. The FAA has also released several new policies this year as well as updates to different regulations.
Devos will continue to meet with the council for the next two years. He joins the council with transportation authorities and former airline executives. His experience with airlines, aviation education, and pilot training will prove invaluable for the changes being made by the FAA.
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