Dick DeVos Article Recap

Dick DeVos is one of the newest members to a council set up by the Federal Aviation Administration. Many people wonder what the former head of Amway and current president of The Windquest Group is doing on an aviation council. The answer might surprise you.


DeVos has been a pilot for many years and remains close to the aviation industry. Through his partnership with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford Airport, he became incredibly close to many of the airlines. He also established a school on the grounds where students can go to learn about becoming a pilot and working in the aviation industry. Through this work, he has become a mentor to aviation students and offered a new way for graduates to become pilots immediately at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.


Education is just one of DeVos’ passions. He also works with the CEO of Gerald R. Ford airport to expand and create new growth opportunities for the airport since it’s re-launch in 1999. Ever since the early 1990s, DeVos has been working with business owners in the area to create opportunities and growth. He has helped to create Grand Action, which is a committee that focuses on the economic growth of Grand Rapids. It has led to the construction of several new areas around the city, including the DeVos Performing Centers and DeVos Convention Center.


With the renewed efforts for the airport, he helped expand the Air Tran Airways terminals, including new flights to Denver, Orlando, Las Vegas, and St. Louis. The new flights helped bring in new passengers who were traveling to the United States and wanted a convenient stop in between. While many of the travelers are here on business, they can travel to all sorts of locations thanks to the expanded terminals also opened by Southwest Airlines.


Southwest was another that was set to close terminals, but DeVos worked with the CEO to keep open terminals and expand the offerings even more. A $45 million renovation will be complete at the end of 2018 at the airport. The renovation was largely a success due to DeVos who brought many of the airlines together to support the expansion and new functionalities.


While it will take a while to make permanent changes and enact policies in the air industry, DeVos has been working with the airlines to do just that in Grand Rapids. He wants to see a day when pilots are enjoying their jobs again and getting paid to do so. His work with the council has already begun, but he will meet with them once every 3 months to discuss regulations and changes, as well as opportunities for future growth.


The aviation industry has a long way to go before it is able to stabilize, but business leaders like DeVos can help shape its future.


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Scott Rocklage Looks to Help Lead the Way to a Cure for Myotonic Dystrophy

The healthcare company Expansion Therapeutics is currently looking to raise funds for medical research. It is looking to get funding in an effort to find a cure to the medical condition known as myotonic dystrophy type 1. This is a condition that causes muscular dystrophy in adults when the RNA becomes toxic. In order to come up with the funds for the medical research, Expansion Therapeutics has looked to get aid from other companies so that it can come up with the needed capital. So far, the company has made considerable progress as it has currently raised over $55 million. The companies that have helped Expansion Therapeutics with the fund raising include Sanofi Ventures, Novartis Venture Fund, Kleiner Perkins and 5AM Ventures. With these companies contributing to the cause, it is likely that a cure for myotonic dystrophy will be developed in the near future.


When looking to fund the research, Expansion Therapeutics has looked to find a medical researcher. In a recent announcement, it was revealed that Dr. Mathew Disney Ph D will be leading the research efforts. Dr. Disney will spend time evaluating the condition and then look for ways to cure it. With his efforts, a cure for myotoic dystrophy type 1 can be realistically attainable.


One of the individuals who has led the effort in finding a cure for this condition is Scott Rocklage. He is the current managing partner of 5AM Ventures. In recent months, he has spent a lot of his time learning about myotonic dystrophy type 1 and looking to come up with funds for a cure. Rocklage has contributed to the fund raising and believes that the funds will lead to finding a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Scott has spent three decades in healthcare management. While working in healthcare management, Scott has been able to use his leadership and expertise to help numerous organizations in the medical field reach their various goals. During his career, he has helped get numerous medications approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. These include key medications such as Cubicin, Teslascan and Omniscan. He has also submitted a number of other medications for trial as well.


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