A global leader in the design and manufacture of office furniture and organic workspaces, including raised access floors, moveable walls, systems furniture, seating, storage and wood casegoods. Haworth serves markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 600 dealers. The company had net sales of U.S. $1.38 billion in 2011.  Translating physical environments into real-life business goals informs everything they do. Their strategy starts by working closely with their clients to clearly define goals and understand the connections between space and behavior. By bringing together their vast workplace knowledge and combining it with their global capabilities, Haworth creates high-performance environments that support truly successful organizations.  Family and privately-owned since 1948, they like to think of themselves as more Main Street than Wall Street, offering a personal touch on a global platform.

One of the largest private equity investors in the world, with over $44 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2012, and offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York. AlpInvest’s activities cover a broad range of private equity investing, including Primary Fund commitments, Secondary purchases and Co-Investments. The firm’s investments span the full spectrum of private equity: buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, mezzanine, and distressed. AlpInvest independently manages the private equity investments for several large Dutch and U.S. pension funds and other institutional investors.

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Anyone over the age of 18 can be an artist and any space within the ArtPrize district can be a venue. Anyone can participate.  The entire ArtPrize exhibition is independently organized by venues and artists who connect through artprize.org.  Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards, more than $500,000 is awarded. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.

Thoughtful. That’s Trendway. There are so many ways we help you create beautiful, effective and performing workspaces. Designing a space to meet your unique needs is our most important task. Our thoughtful team will partner with you from the early stages of understanding your needs, through the design and installation of your work environment. Explore Trendway and you’ll quickly discover how thoughtful we are.

A privately-owned real estate investment and management company, headquartered at its mixed-use high-rise in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Eenhoorn mission is to acquire, transform and manage investment properties in locations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Roughly 2/3 of Eenhoorn’s portfolio consists of multi-family assets, including luxury high-rise, garden style, independent senior, student, and rent-restricted apartments. In addition, the company has invested in industrial, retail and office properties.

Since its conception in 1988, with the acquisition of a single 23-unit apartment building, the company has grown to become one of the largest privately-owned, globally-invested, real estate firms in the country.

A global alternative asset manager with more than $159 billion in assets under management across 94 funds and 63 fund of funds vehicles. Founded in 1987 in Washington, D.C., Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms, with more than 1,300 professionals operating in 32 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, Asia and Australia.

The Huizenga Group, based in West Michigan, is a privately-held firm that provides management services to a diverse group of companies involved in custom automation machine building, tool and die, pharmaceutical packaging, machined metal parts, electrical contracting and highly engineered automotive component manufacturing. The current portfolio of companies provide products and services for the world’s leading automotive, pharmaceutical, military goods, medical devices, consumer goods and office furniture manufacturers.

Tracing its roots back to 1985, the Huizenga Group continues to pursue investment opportunities in the middle-market commercial and industrial concerns based in Central and greater West Michigan areas. With a commitment to building enduring economic growth and investment for the benefit of our region and shareholders, the Huizenga Group has earned a reputation of integrity and value creation.

Over the last 50 years, Burke E. Porter Machinery Company has developed the reputation of a technology pioneer and global leader in Vehicle Test Systems. Manufacturer of the first fully electric DVT Roll/Brake machine, BEP has paved the way for innovation in automotive and heavy duty vehicle testing. Supplying End-of-Line equipment, Dynamometers and Tire and Wheel Assembly systems to all major OEM’s throughout the world.

We deal with other people’s money and financial information. Few things in life or business could be more important or more sensitive.  We put the customer’s interests at the centre of all our activities. They can rightly expect their trust placed in us to be honored, meaning we care and have the right competence to manage their assets, interests and information.  We manage financial risks carefully and take such risks only if these risks have been properly assessed.

Founded by Jay and Betty Van Andel, Van Andel Institute’s goal is to have an impact world-wide on medical science and education. The Institute supports Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) in achieving this goal.  VARI conducts biomedical research, with a focus on cancer and Parkinson disease and with an emphasis on translating scientific research results into clinical applications. VAEI strengthens science education and prepares and motivates individuals to pursue science or science-related professions

Since 1975, most Heineken brand beer has been brewed at the Heineken brewery in ZoeterwoudeNetherlands. In 2011, 2.74 billion liters of Heineken brand beer was produced worldwide, while the total beer production of all breweries fully owned by the Heineken Group over all brands was 16.46 billion liters globally.

RDV Corporation is a private investment and financial management firm. RDV Corporation is the management firm for the family of Mr. Richard M. DeVos and provides investment management, estate planning, tax and personal services, and foundation administration to the DeVos family. The firm was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Windquest Group is a Michigan-based, privately held enterprise and investment management firm with diversified projects in technology, manufacturing, clean-tech, hospitality, and nonprofit solutions.

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 205 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings.

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. is a global spirits leader with strong brands, innovation and distribution. They are the fourth largest premium spirits company in the world, and the #2 spirits supplier to the New Zealand market.  They have been in the business of producing spirits for several centuries. Their flagship brand, Jim Beam, dates back to 1795, and collectively our brands account for more than 2,000 years of craftsmanship and quality.

Founded in 2006 by Daniel J. Bowen, Dempsey Ventures is an active holding company with a focus on medical products. Leveraging extensive experience in the medical industry, Dempsey Ventures makes controlling and minority investments while actively participating in the operations and management of the companies it controls.

Grey Dunes was founded in 2005 by William J. Boer to help entrepreneurial high-net worth families to extend their legacies by creating or enhancing a family office. In a recent survey, family offices were asked to rank their needs. They responded that they needed an independent and trusted: Advisor, Overseer, and Organizer. Grey Dunes meets these needs. It may begin with pursuing the idea of establishing a family office or at a point further on in the process with an assessment of an existing family office. Regardless of where your family is in this spectrum, the goal of Grey Dunes is first and foremost to protect and nurture the goals of families.

Established in 1965, Michigan Legislative Consultants is one of Michigan’s oldest lobbying and political consulting firms. Michigan Legislative Consultants have served a wide range of clients, from the largest international corporations to the smallest local grassroots efforts. Their tactics and initiatives are widely recognized as being among the most effective in Michigan. Michigan Legislative Consultants work hard to provide each of our clients with sound advice, responsible strategies and solid advocacy.

Varnum is a regional business law firm with more than 150 lawyers, serving clients in a full range of practice areas. We have built our reputation by helping clients identify opportunities, negotiate and close commercial transactions, win lawsuits and benefit from up-to-the-minute legal advice. Our clients range from large world-leading companies to smaller businesses who want world-class attention and service.

Established in 1965, Michigan Legislative Consultants is one of Michigan’s oldest lobbying and political consulting firms. Michigan Legislative Consultants have served a wide range of clients, from the largest international corporations to the smallest local grassroots efforts. Their tactics and initiatives are widely recognized as being among the most effective in Michigan. Michigan Legislative Consultants work hard to provide each of our clients with sound advice, responsible strategies and solid advocacy

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The Bank of Holland

Brooks Capital Investment

DeNooyer Automotive Group

Fifth Third Bank

Hansen-Balk Steel Treating Co.

Huntington Bank

Graystone Consulting

Loeks Theatres, Inc.

Merrill Lynch



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