“Amway is a global success because we’ve found the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well all over the world. Everywhere we’ve gone, we’ve found people eager to achieve through owning a business of their own. As we’ve expanded our business, we’ve learned the importance of working closely with our local markets, tapping their knowledge and expertise to drive global innovation. We are a global company, but we think and act locally.”
Learn More About Steve
As chairman of Amway since 1995, Steve Van Andel is responsible for managing daily operations of the company with Amway President Doug DeVos. Together, they form the Office of the Chief Executive. Van Andel is the eldest son of Amway Co-Founder Jay Van Andel, who, with Rich DeVos, started Amway in 1959 in Ada, Michigan. Since then, Amway has grown into the world’s largest direct selling company*.
Over the past two decades, Van Andel has led a strategic transformation of the company with a focus on growth through innovation, driving double-digit growth. Prior to being named chairman, Van Andel served as vice president with responsibility for Amway’s business operations in North and South America. He also served as vice president of marketing.
Van Andel has been an ambassador for free enterprise and free trade interests all over the world. He has twice served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he remains a member of several committees, and has been involved with the U.S. China Business Council as well as the U.S. Korea Business Council.
Van Andel shared his passion for economic freedom on a local level in his role as chairman of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids during the 2014/2015 season. Van Andel serves on the boards of directors of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Business Leaders for Michigan, West Michigan Policy Forum and Metro Health Hospital. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and on the board of his alma mater, Hillsdale College.
Van Andel earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Hillsdale College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from Miami University in Ohio.
*2018 Direct Selling News™ Global 100