Dick DeVos http://michiganradio.org en Former President George W. Bush to give keynote in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/former-president-george-w-bush-give-keynote-grand-rapids <p>Former President George W. Bush will be in Grand Rapids this Wednesday, May 15. He will be delivering the keynote address at the second annual West Michigan Aviation Academy’s "Leaders of Tomorrow Gala."</p><p>The <a href="http://www.westmichiganaviation.org/">West Michigan Aviation Academy</a> is a charter school founded in 2010 by Grand Rapids businessman, Richard DeVos, Jr. In addition to teaching core curricula, the school specifically focuses on aviation with a general emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).&nbsp;</p><p>The Gala is meant to raise money for the school’s summer Navigator’s camp, aviation related capstone events, incentive flights, simulators, and flight training.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/05/george_w_bush_to_give_keynote.html">Monica Scott at MLive</a>, the event begins at 4:30 p.m. and Bush is expected to speak before the dinner served later in the evening. It will take place at the Alticor Hangar at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.</p><p>According to the Gala's website, Bush will speak to a sold out crowd of more than 850 guests.</p><p><em>-Julia Field, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 14:54:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12555 at http://michiganradio.org Former President George W. Bush to give keynote in Grand Rapids Amway touts record $11.3 billion sales in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/amway-touts-record-113-billion-sales-2012 <p>Alticor, the parent company of Amway, <a href="http://news.amway.com/2013-02-07-Amway-parent-company-reports-record-2012-sales-of-USD-11.3-billion">announced record sales of more than $11 billion today.</a> This is the seventh consecutive year of growth at the company, one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses.</p><p>More than three million individual distributors sell Amway products, everything from shampoos to vitamins and cosmetics. They hawk the company’s wares in more than a hundred countries.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:27:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11134 at http://michiganradio.org Amway touts record $11.3 billion sales in 2012 Southwest Airlines coming to Grand Rapids this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/southwest-airlines-coming-grand-rapids-summer <p>People flying out of the airport in Grand Rapids will soon have more options and cheaper flights.</p><p>On Monday Southwest Airlines, the “world’s largest low-fare air service provider,” announced flights out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will begin in August.</p><p>Southwest Airlines will double the current flight schedule run by AirTran Airways. Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011. It will also provide bigger airplanes, adding up to an 83 percent increase in “seat count” over AirTran’s&nbsp; daily average.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:26:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11081 at http://michiganradio.org Southwest Airlines coming to Grand Rapids this summer