Richard DeVos Presented with The Washington Award
This year’s Defending the American Dream and Right Online summits proved both inspirational and educational. Experts in limited government and economic freedom from across the nation gathered at Universal Orlando to provide words of wisdom and instruction to over 2,000 liberty supporters.
If you weren’t able to be with us, we wanted to highlight an outstanding Michigander whom we had the opportunity to honor at this year’s summit. Rich DeVos, through word and deed, has done a tremendous amount for the cause of economic freedom and for that we were compelled to bestow him with our Washington Award—named for our leading Founder.
Many of you probably know him for building Amway into one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses. It boasts operations in over 80 countries and territories, but more importantly, it’s a company that employs over 20,000 and works with three million independent business owner-distributors. It’s a model of the free enterprise and entrepreneurship that has always made this country so strong.
iFreedom, Family, Hope and Reward—these are the founding principles that are carved in stone in front of the Amway Headquarters in Ada, Michigan—and Rich lives them each day through his organization.
But his incredible business success is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his decades of exemplary service to our nation.
As is best when one finds success, Rich shares it with his community. With his wife, he founded the Richard and Helen DeVosFoundation, which provides grants to a myriad of excellent freedom-oriented groups like Michigan’s The Mackinac Center. He works tirelessly on behalf of the National Organization on Disability. And of course, he lends his efforts to AFP Foundation.
In accepting his award this afternoon, Rich had some pithy advice for the crowd: “There’s always tough periods in any business, in any life, in any time. That doesn’t mean anything except that you gotta work your way around it and work your way through it. Review your plans. Figure out what you might have done right or different and get on with it. If everybody quit when things were not quite favorable, well then nobody would get anywhere. But if you wanna get somewhere, the best time is when it’s bad. So that while everybody else is crying, you’re working.”
Now more than ever in this country, we need to hear those words and take them to heart.
Please join us in honoring an exceptional Michigander for his lifetime spent creating jobs and prosperity in every state and from every walk of life. And let’s keep fighting for those who would come after him and do it all again.