Dick DeVos Supports Global Charitable Organizations through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation

As a Grand Rapids, MI native, Dick DeVos actively support his business ventures and charitable organizations. He began working for his dad’s company, Amway, at an early age. DeVos said that the firm operated from their home’s basement. He also mentioned that together with his brother (Doug), they took care of guests who attended Amway’s yearly conventions. DeVos earned public speaking skills by speaking to guests at his father’s company. He made product demonstrations and was proud to work with Amway.

Academic Background

DeVos attended the Northwood University for an undergraduate degree in business administration program. The university acknowledged him as a distinguished alumnus. He also attended the Wharton School and Harvard Business School for executive learning programs. The Central Michigan University, Northwood University, and Groove City College issued honorary doctorates to DeVos for his influence in the Michigan business sector.

Personal Life

Dick DeVos married Betsy DeVos who previously served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The couple owns residential properties in Windsor, FL, Ada, MI and Grand Rapids, MI. He has four kids, Rick, Elissa, Ryan, and Andrea. They spend most of their vacations in the Windsor-based property. Rick followed his dad’s footsteps by studying business administration at Pepperdine University. He later decided to study mass communication from Calvin College and serves as an urban development consultant for the Windquest group.

Philanthropy

Dick and Betsy DeVos both founded a charitable organization based in Grand Rapids. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donates cash to academic, spiritual, artistic, and community-based organizations. Its beneficiaries include the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the Grand Rapids Christian Schools, and Willow Creek Association.

The school operates on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. DeVos said that several aviators expressed their interest in supporting the school by offering practical lessons to the students. He also said that the school operates as a charter school for students to acquire quality education irrespective of their financial background.

Dick DeVos also supported the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management and Art Prize financially through his charity organization. Arts managers benefit from the art institution by acquiring practical art skills. The organization also offers programs based on capacity building through web chats, workshops, and seminars.

Chris Burch: The Fusion between Fashion and Technology

Chris Burch is the founder and President of Burch Creative Capital. With almost forty years of experience as an investor and entrepreneur, Burch has spearheaded the growth of various luxury and technology brands including Poppin, Jawbone, Voss Water and Faena Hotel +Universe. He formerly served as a board member of the Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital.

Burch’s entrepreneurial success can be dated back to 1975 when he was still undertaking his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College. Together with his brother Bob, Burch invested $2000 in their Eagle’s Eye apparel business which grew to $165 million. The business was later sold to Swire Group.

After the sale, Chris Burch became one of the earliest entrepreneurs who invested in Internet Capital Group. Burch relied heavily on his ability to figure out the link between innovation and implementation. He continued to receive significant success, partly because of his instinctive understanding of the consumer behavior as well as his experience using direct-to-consumer channels and superior sourcing infrastructure.

In his recent article posted on engadget.com, Chris Burch (https://www.crunchbase.com/person/j-christopher-burch#/entity) outlines the changes that the technological and fashion industries have seen through the years.

A comparison of the past and the present

Back in the 70s, people were excited with the boom box because it allowed one to carry around his/her stations and tunes. It also had two cassette decks that allowed you to play music on one side and do your recording from the other cassette. Coming into the 80s, the use of the boom box was included in movie story lines, and this added to its popularity. Going into the 90s, you could get a more personalized music experience with the coming of the Walkman. A decade later, this personalized experience got even smaller with the invention of the iPod. It is clear that technology grows with the prominence of what is considered fashionable.

The Fusion between technology and fashion

The union between technology and fashion is currently happening. Fashion designers concentrate on creating what sells, and they use technology to see this possibility.

However, there is only one constant fact, that the two industries complement each other. Over time, technology becomes fashionable while fashion becomes technologically fashionable.