John Abbott served as Vice President for former Union Bancorp Inc. in Grand Rapids. Shortly after Union was acquired by NBD Bancorp, Inc. (now JP Morgan Chase). He left to join Capital Federal Saving Bank, as Chief Operating Officer. After successfully turning the Bank around it was taken public in 1990 and sold to Old Kent Bank (now Fifth Third Bank) in 1999. John founded an became Director and CEP of SCB Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Summit Community Bank operation in East Lansing, Michigan.
Rick Adamy, CPA and founder of Adamy Valuation Advisors, has over 25 years experience in valuations. Rick has advised several hundred clients regarding ESOPs, succession planning, merger/acquisitions, and other valuation areas. Rick provides a variety of litigation support services, including testifying in various courts as an expert witness of business valuation and economic damages.
Dick Antonini was named Foremost’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer on March 7th, 2000. He and his team completed an $812 million merger with the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.
Tony Asselta the President of Root-Lowell Manufactuing Co, a pressurized sprayer manufacturing company. Tony is a senior corporate executive with full P&L responsibility (marketing, sales, manufacturing, finance) and a consistent track record meeting revenue, profit and market development goals.
Dan Behm is the former President of Open Systems Technologies (OST). In the beginning, OST was a $5 million hardware sales company that depended heavily on one partner. Dan along with his team diversified OST, transforming it into a $160 million leader in the industry.
Chuck Bennett has served as President and/or CEO for various companies since the early 90’s, where he began as CEO & President of Guardsman Products, Inc., a $350 million company. Chuck moved on to become Founder and Owner of Polymer Products, Inc. in 1996, and he eventually sold the company in 1999. He then took over as CEO for Cook Composites & Polymers, a company that reached $1.1 billion in sales revenue in 2007.
Doreen Bolhuis is the President/CEO of Gymco Inc. Doreen holds a B.S. in education with a major in Physical Education and is an adjunct professor at Aquinas College. She is a former elite level gymnastics coach and Junior Olympic Committee member for USA Gymnastics.
Paul E. Boyer
Paul E. Boyer is former Chief Executive Officer of Meijer Inc., a Michigan corporation with more than 72,000 employees that operates retail stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Paul joined Meijer in 1970 and served as its Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Vice Chairman and President. He also served as a Director of Topco Associates, LLC.
Joan Budden was named President & CEO of Priority Health in January 2016, one of Michigan’s largest health plans. Budden has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Priority Health since 2009. Under Budden’s leadership as Chief Marketing Officer, Priority Health developed a number of innovative tools and programs that have demonstrated its commitment to consumer engagement and transparency, contributing to the company’s unprecedented growth. Budden has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University.
Dan Butler is a senior executive building business performance. He is a founding member of ABB Advisors, a firm advising clients on strategic growth. He works with key executives to build companies through mergers, acquisitions, post-merger integration and value differentiation. Dan has over 30 years of experience in business and strategy development. Dan was co-founder, owner and CEO of Tetherfree Solutions, Inc..
Denise Christy is a 30-year healthcare industry executive bringing solid sales, marketing, and P&L expertise obtained through C- level roles with regional private healthcare and Fortune 100 Insurance companies. In her current role, Christy leads the revenue development of a 35M benefits consulting practice. Through organic growth, acquisition, and geographic expansion, Christy is bringing unprecedented results, exceeding fifteen percent within her first two years.
Michael J. Cole
Michael retired in June 2009 as President of A.O. Smith (China) Investment Company Ltd., where he had been responsible for five A.O. Smith wholly owned manufacturing companies. During his 13 years with A.O. Smith, Michael established the company as the leading water heater brand in China with annual sales in excess of $210 million through 2,000 appliance stores and 1,800 independent distributors.
Kathy Crosby has worked for Goodwill Industries organization since 1980. She is currently the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, a $34.4 million organization serving eight counties. Goodwill of Grand Rapids operates 20 retail stores for donated goods including an ‘outlet’ where goods are sold by the pound, an online store through ShopGoodwill.com, online book sales through Amazon.com, a recycling center, and a boutique store.
Mark is the former President of Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems, a $250MM manufacturer of automotive weather seals. Prior to that position he held a number of executive positions at Donnelly Corporation in Holland, Michigan. He has spent the last 30 years in the automotive industry working at the Tier 1 supplier level, and currently consults for a Spanish automotive OEM supplier.
Paul Doyle was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Automotive and Coastal Container, based in Holland Michigan. Prior to joining Coastal, Doyle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GHSP Grand Haven from 2007-2014. Paul joined GHSP in 1999 as Vice President of Human Resources and in 2003 was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining GHSP he was director of organizational development at Holland, MI-based Donnelly Corporation.
Dan Gaydou is the President of the MLive Media Group, Michigan’s largest multi-media news and marketing solutions company which produces MLive.com and AnnArbor.com on the web as well as newspapers: The Grand Rapids Press, The Flint Journal, the Kalamazoo Gazette, Jackson Citizen-Patriot, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News, The Bay City Times, and the Advance Weeklies in Jenison.
William Goodspeed is a specialist in family-owned businesses. He is the former corporate Vice President of IDEXX Laboratories, a $2 billion worldwide leader in animal diagnostics and water testing. At IDEXX, he managed three businesses: Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics, Water, and Dairy. Before IDEXX, Bill held several positions in the J.M. Huber Corporation: Sector CEO of Natural Resources, President of Huber Wood Products. Bill was also Executive Vice President of Pasona International, the international arm of Japan’s Pasona Group, then the largest human resource staffing firm in Japan and family-owned firm.
Patrick (Pat) Greene has served as the President of Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc. since 2009. Cascade Die Casting Group is an $80 Million manufacturing company producing castings used in automotive, consumer products and appliance industries.
Art Hasse is former President and owner of Kentwood Office Furniture LLC. Prior to Kentwood Office Furniture, Art worked for 14 years at IBM in various sales and management positions and at Herman Miller for 11 years as Senior Vice President of Sales.
Robert (Bob) L. Herr
Bob Herr worked for 40 years at Crowe Horwath in various positions and ranging responsibilities. He served six years on the firm’s executive committee, where he was responsible for overseeing charitable giving and was the initial chair of the firm’s risk management and internal audit initiatives.
Tom is a partner at BDO USA, LLP and currently the managing partner of the assurance practice in Grand Rapids.
Paul Hillman was a partner and owner at the technology consulting firm of Conway, Dierking and Hillman, Inc. for 24 years. Paul was responsible for the day-to-day administration issues, strategic direction, and personnel management. He helped build Conway, Dierking and Hillman, Inc. into a multi-million dollar consulting firm through vision, strategy, communication, and employee empowerment.
Ken’s experience includes serving as Community Bank President at Macatawa Bank from 2002-2005, President of Steelcase Financial Services Inc. from 1999-2002, Executive Vice President and Bank President of National City Bank FKA 1st of America and Prime Bank from 1983-1999, and Group Vice President at Michigan National Bank from 1975-1983.
Gregory Hooks is the former CEO/President of Roskam Baking Company. Hooks has been involved with the Roskam Baking Company for nearly 25 years, during which he contributed strongly to the rapid growth and development of the company in many categories.
David V. Huhn
David V. Huhn has been in the banking and accounting business for the past 38 years. His career experience spans the nuts and bolts of hands-on accounting to strategic planning. Dave began at NBD Commerce Bank and became President and CEO. Later, Dave directed the Indiana merger of Bank One and NBD by smoothly integrating the two corporate cultures into one.
Earle S ‘Win’ Irwin transitioned from CEO to Chair of the Board of Irwin Seating Company during the summer of 2015. He was CEO for 31 years and actively employed for 40 years. Irwin Seating Company is a family-owned and family-managed manufacturer of public seating for movie theatres, schools, stadiums, houses of worship, and performing arts centers.
Mike Jandernoa was CEO of Perrigo Company from 1988 to 2000, Chairman of the Board from 1991 to 2003, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Perrigo is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures, and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals. In addition, Mike is the founder of Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring.
Don Kallil is the President and CEO of Design Design Inc and Verdant Graphics. Design Design (Est 1987) and Verdant Graphics (Est 2012) have evolved into a leader in the social expression industry. Don worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch in Chicago and EF Hutton in Detroit. Don left the stock industry to pursue his passion of starting his own business, Design Design Inc, in 1987. After starting the company with 72 greeting cards, Design Design currently has over 7,000 products and sells to over 6,000 retail stores. Don is a graduate of Michigan State University Eli Broad College School of Business with a BS in Marketing.
ODL is a manufacturer of skylights and door glass components for the domestic residential building product industry. Dave’s first role there was Vice-President of Manufacturing and Distribution of this 24 million dollar company. After four years, he headed the start-up of a Retail Division, selling to the Home Center Industry. In 1993, Dave was named COO and soon became President in 1995. In 2006 he was part of the sale of ODL which, at the time, was a 270 million dollar company to JELD-WEN Inc. After completing a three-year transitional agreement, Dave retired as President and CEO and remained on as the non-executive Chairman of the Board.
Jim has more than three decades of experience in finance, operations and information systems. The last 20 years of his career was in senior management positions. He has experience in a variety of industries, including office furniture, avionics, and heavy vehicles.
Bill Lawrence is currently a counsel member at Varnum LLP., leads the community and entrepreneurship initiatives at 42 North Partners LLC., and Chairman of Superior Pine Products Company. Bill has served on many boards of directors, including both for-profit and non-profit entities in the areas of forestry and agriculture, higher education, primary education, banking, health and human services, art and others.
Larry is the founder, president, and former owner of Leigh’s of Western Michigan, Inc. Leigh’s is a luxury women’s retail store. Larry sold the business in 2005 and is presently a retail consultant and private investor. The business enjoyed profitable growth over the 30 years he was the CEO and received numerous awards and recognition in the fashion industry.
Richard M. Lievense joined the Chemical Financial Corporation Board of Directors in 2015. Richard is the principal founder, former chairman, and former chief executive officer of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation.
Mark Litke has been serving as President and CEO of SoundOff Signal for 8 years. Prior to that, he worked as VP of Engineering at Donnelly and VP of Operations at Hines Corporation.
John J. Meilner is a Senior Managing Director of 42 North Partners, LLC. 42 North Partners is an investment management firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves a single multi-generation family. John’s primary focus is leading a team of investment professionals within the broadly defined alternative asset category including the sourcing, evaluation and direct investing in operating companies.
Patrick J. (Pat) Mullen is Chairman and CEO of Compatico, Inc, and office furniture systems manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pat also serves as a business consultant for several start-up business ventures including Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. (electronic medical records software), Clean Blast, Inc. (environmentally friendly industrial cleaning), and bXb Online (Online Digital Events Marketplace).
Pat retired from the television broadcast business after a successful 32-year career. During his career, he served as General Manager of Grand Rapids and Chicago based television stations and corporate executive roles within Tribune Broadcasting. Pat served as President of Tribune Broadcasting from 2001-2005 where he oversaw the operations of the Company’s 26 television stations, Tribune Entertainment, Superstation WGN and WGN-AM.
Mark Murray currently serves as vice chairman for Meijer.
Prior to his role as vice-chairman, Murray previously served both as co-CEO and president of Meijer following his tenure as president of Grand Valley State University.
He also served in many roles in Michigan state government, including state treasurer and state budget director, a position that held overall responsibility for the formulation and administration of budgets for all state agencies. In the period between being state budget director and state treasurer, Murray served as vice president for finance and administration at Michigan State University responsible for non-academic matters at the university: finance, housing, facilities, security, and athletics.
Robert (Bob) Nault
Robert Nault is the President and CEO of Greatland Corporation, a national business-to-business provider of software and compatible forms, supplies, and services. Robert has been involved in the finance and accounting for over 30 years, serving a variety of corporations including Guardsman Products, Inc., Xtra Corporation, and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Jeff Needham retired in March 2020 as President of Perrigo’s Consumer Self-Care business for the Americas. During his Perrigo tenure, Jeff held management roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, business development, international business, and general management that included establishing Perrigo’s European business footprint as Managing Director of Perrigo UK. Jeff’s career at Perrigo saw that business grows from a US-only business of just under $100 million in revenues to a global business of approximately $5 billion in revenues. He is currently on the Board of Directors of McKee Foods and is working in an advisory capacity for several consumer health care businesses.
Steve Parker has over 40 years of diverse business experience including 25 years as CEO of multiple national organizations ranging in scale from $30 million to $300 million. He began his career with James River Corporation and spent 25 years with the Fortune 50 forest products company. He most recently served as President/CEO of Pacific Corporation which he retired from in 2011. He has a successful track record and expertise in organizational management, sales/marketing, manufacturing systems, mergers/acquisitions, and new business creation.
Bob Paul is the former President of Leigh Products. Bob grew Leigh Products from $14 million to $24 million in revenue, improved customer service levels, and shipping performance while increasing inventory turns from 3.5 to 6.0 during his 20 years as President.
Robert (Bob) Roth
Bob Roth has been at RoMan Manufacturing ever since becoming the President/CEO of the company in 1997. Before becoming the president of the company Bob worked in purchasing, accounting, human resources, and general management. RoMan Manufacturing is a two-family, family business with the Hofman family and the Roth family being equal owners. The company was founded by Mr. Robert Hofman and Bob’s father, Dietrich Roth. Bob has been active in the community serving on the boards of organizations such as the Grand Rapids Chamber, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and Spectrum Health. He also serves on private company boards such as United Bank of Michigan, Grand Rapids Label Company, and Progressive AE
Mike Ruggeri began working as a sales representative for Scott Group Custom Carpets, a small niche player, designing and producing luxury carpets to the interior design sector. Through his 36 year career with the company he has held various positions including Regional Sales Representative, Vice President of Sales and for the past 25 years has served as President of the company.
Gary Schultz managed various product lines from household cleaners to health & beauty and wellness at Amway. Then, he spent the next 17 years working in the office furniture industry for both Haworth and Herman Miller where he led and built service programs, product lines and new distributor channels. In 2001 Gary accepted the role of leading Edwards Garment a uniform clothing manufacturing company in Kalamazoo where he remains President/CEO.
Dan Terpsma is former CEO/President of Northwestern Bank. Terpsma has over 30 years of experience providing financial services in Michigan, including more than 20 years in community banking. He serves on the Grand Valley University Foundation board of directors and Metal Flow Corp board of directors.
Michelle Van Dyke
Michelle Van Dyke serves as President & CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way and has held this position since January 2016. Previously, Michelle was the President of Fifth Third Mortgage Company.
Russell J. Visner
Russ Visner is retired Chief Executive Officer of ETNA Supply Company Inc. (also known as Etna Distributors) and affiliated companies with 16 branch locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Oklahoma.
Sean currently serves as Regional President for the Western Michigan Market. Previously he served as Senior Vice President and Division Manager for National City’s Corporate Banking group in Chicago and Northern Illinois.
Doug Young has been selected to head the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International Association, combining the two major industry distributor organizations as President & CEO. The company has been a major provider of business and technical training for contractors and thousands have attended classes in three regional training centers.
Jim Zawacki is a native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Aquinas College. He worked his way through college by working in the factory. He started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer at Bissell Inc. Jim then worked at a Fortune 500 company holding several positions in different locations, the last ten years as Automotive Division President. Jim bought GR Spring & Stamping (formerly Grand Rapids Spring & Wire Products) in 1985 and has been deeply involved in trying to make GRS&S the “Best” in their product field – stampings, springs, and assemblies. GRS&S’s goal is “profits through continuous improvement and having fun during the process.”