Jay sits in the cockpit of a Navion plane while Rich stands next to it.

Adventures in entrepreneurship: A story of lifelong friendship

They opened their first business together, Wolverine Air Service, when they were still in their 20s. They hired pilots as neither of them knew how to fly. But Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel did know how to sell: “If you can drive a car, you can fly a plane.”

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