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Grand Rapids, Michigan
“The most rewarding part of my automotive career is watching the development of the people I work with.”
“The most rewarding part of my automotive career is watching the development of the people I work with,” nominee DeVos said. “It is great to see how many take advantage of the opportunities provided by our company and our industry.”
A 1976 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School in Grand Rapids, DeVos earned a B.A. in business administration at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, in 1980. He held various positions at Amway in Ada, Michigan, until founding DP Fox Ventures, a diversified management company with interests in transportation, real estate, fashion, sports and entertainment, with his wife, Pamella, in 1993. Today, the company’s Fox Motors division encompasses 27 dealership locations in Michigan and Illinois, representing 41 brands.
DeVos is committed to helping his employees achieve success. “We are able to offer management development courses to those with the ability and desire to further their careers,” he said. “These programs are job-specific but also include general business and management courses. We want to give employees the opportunity to enjoy a long and rewarding career within our company.”
He is also dedicated to furthering the goals of his community. DeVos has been on the executive committee for the West Michigan Sports Commission since its inception in 2007, and he has helped the group promote tourism to the region through youth and amateur sporting events. “The commission’s success is measured by the thousands of hotel rooms that are used as a result of its work,” he said. “I am particularly proud of joining forces with another community leader to raise more than $8 million to build what is now the Art Van Sports Complex, which is made up of eight softball fields, plus a Miracle Field for those with disabilities.”
DeVos has also served on the boards of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids; Grand Rapids Symphony; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Hope Network; Northwood University; and Grand Valley University Foundation (Grand Rapids). He also supports the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation; Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Grand Rapids); Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids); and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, to name a few.
For his good works, DeVos has garnered many accolades and awards, but he is most proud of being named Business Person of the Year in 2016 by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. “The club’s membership consists of a majority of our area’s leaders in business, government and nonprofit,” he said. “It was very meaningful to receive this prestigious award and to be added to the list of previous honorees.”
DeVos was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Terry Burns, executive vice president of the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Pamella, have three children.