September 16, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Dick DeVos, president of the Amway Corp. of Ada, Mich., will launch this year's Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series at Western Michigan University with a presentation Tuesday, Sept. 22.
DeVos will speak on "Amway: The American Way Goes International" at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. He is expected to focus on the increasing importance of the global economy to American, and particularly, Michigan businesses.
Business and community leaders from Southwest Michigan as well as WMU faculty, staff and students will attend the event, by invitation only. The presentation is not open to the public.
DeVos has been president of Amway since 1993. Under his direction, the company has opened more than 15 international affiliates and annual sales have increased more than 75 percent to $7 billion. He began working in the company in 1974 and has held diverse positions in such areas as research and development, marketing, finance and production. In 1984 he was named vice president -- international, responsible for affiliates in 18 countries. Under his leadership in that role, international sales more than tripled and now exceed total domestic sales.
The Distinguished Speaker Series, now in its third year, is intended to bring business, education and government leaders to campus to discuss a variety of topics of interest to the University and Southwest Michigan. It is coordinated by Dr. Christopher M. Korth, professor of finance and commercial law.
The next scheduled lecture in the series will be Tuesday, Jan. 19. The speaker will be David A. Daberko, chairman and chief executive officer of National City Corp.
While the lecture is by invitation only, media representatives are welcome to attend. DeVos will be available immediately following the lecture to answer questions from the media related to his presentation. Media representatives interested in attending should call Cheryl P. Roland in the Office of Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, at 616 387-8412.
Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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