“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.”
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Steve Van Andel is co-chair of the board of directors of Amway, one of the world’s leading direct selling businesses. He served as chairman of Amway from 1995-2018. Van Andel is the eldest son of Amway Co-Founder Jay Van Andel, who, with Rich DeVos, started Amway in 1959 in Ada, Michigan.
Over the past two decades, Van Andel has led a strategic transformation of the company with a focus on growth through digital tools, mobile experiences and product innovations. 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 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.