Elton JohnWhat Do Amway, Biomedical Research, And Elton John Have In Common?

If you say the names Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos at a marketing event or around anyone that has been in the MLM and network marketing industry they will immediately think of Amway.

If you say the name Jay Van Andel in the town I grew up in people think of Elton John, NCAA Hockey, AFL Arena Bowl Games, Kenny Chesney, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, or The Harlem Globetrotters. The Van Andel Arena was named in 1996 for it’s largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel.

Jay and Betty Van Andel also founded the Van Andel Institute in 1996 to enhance lives through biomedical research and education. With their son David Van Andel now as the CEO, the primary focus of the Van Andel Institute is cancer research but studies also include osteoporosis, Parkinson disease and diabetes.

And the DeVos name? That makes people think of the DeVos Children’s Hospital. DeVos Children’s Hospital and the Van Andel Institute collaborate in a fellowship program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and blood disorders.

The DeVos name also makes the people in my area think of the DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall. This facility includes a 40,000 sq ft ball room and a performing theater. It is host to conventions, ballet, opera and broadway shows.

All of these are within a short distance of the Amway Grand Plaza (which puts any other hotel in the area to shame) and the Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I’ve never been a part of the Amway opportunity, but I don’t need to in order to know the good that has been done by Van Andel and DeVos. The second largest city in Michigan is host to their contributions to society.

The terrible reputation and trash talk that the MLM industry gets usually comes back to focus on Amway. The success that Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos with Amway is seen throughout West Michigan. Before believing or spreading more trash talk about Amway, look up the places and foundations mentioned above because they do more than I can begin to mention.

I am proud to say that I grew up in the home state of Amway!

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