There’s a new CEO at The Stow Company, Inc. In a recent MLive article, author Shandra Martinez announced that Phil Dolci has been appointed to head the manufacturer, a part of Dick DeVos’ Windquest Group. The former CEO, Frank Newman, is taking a well-earned retirement, although he plans still to serve on the board of directors. Dolci brings to his new position nearly 24 years of experience in consumer-products manufacturing and marketing. Speaking of his appointment of Dolci, Dick DeVos predicted steady and continuous growth for the company. Founded in 1984, The Stow Company manufactures custom home storage products at a number of facilities in Michigan and Indiana. DeVos’ Windquest Group consists of a number of other companies, including a restaurant in Grand Rapids.
Entrepreneur and executive Dick DeVos is well-known for his business activities as well as his diverse political, creative, and philanthropic interests. The son of Richard DeVos, the co-founder of the Amway Corporation, DeVos started at Amway in 1974 in a variety of capacities, moving in 1984 to a position as Vice President of Amway International. In this capacity he oversaw sales in more than fifty countries, increasing the Amway Corporation’s international sales in stellar fashion. In 1993 he became CEO of the company and continued in this capacity until 2006. During these years DeVos was appointed CEO and president of the Orlando Magic basketball team. He is currently serving as the president of the Windquest Group.
Dick DeVos is a veritable renaissance man. In addition to his business activities, he has pursued an active political career, including election to the Michigan State Board of Education and appointment to the Board of Control of Grand Valley State University. He ran for governor of Michigan in 2005. Since then he has been very active in promoting a variety of conservative issues. DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have devoted considerable time and money to education as well, including providing scholarship to low-income families and supporting tuition tax credits to support charter schools. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has brought together a number of the couple’s philanthropic activities, all centered, as the Foundation website states, in “cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation, and leveraging support” in the areas of education, arts, leadership, community, and justice at both the local and the global level. (http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/what-we-do/) Dick DeVos is also a best-selling author. His books include “Rediscovering American Values” and “Believe!”