Chapter Sponsorship

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Our Annual Sponsorships help provide ACG Western Michigan with strong programming.  From our monthly Signature Breakfast programs to recognizing outstanding companies in our region with the Outstanding Growth Award, these programs provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.  Thank you to our current sponsors you see below. 

ACG Western Michigan also offers Talent Investment Sponsorships which support initiatives with ACG Cup, ACG University, Women in Finance and Young Professionals.

 

 

Click HERE for 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

 

 

PLATINUM ANNUAL SPONSORS

 

 

Founded in 2000, Blackford Capital is a private equity investment firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that acquires, manages, and builds middle-market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies. With over $650 million in transaction value and 34 acquisitions, we pride ourselves on our long history of value creation and in providing divestiture opportunities for corporate parent companies.

Blackford distinguishes itself from other private equity firms by its extensive deal sourcing process, disciplined investment criteria and rigorous business model reconfiguration.

 

 

 

Commitment to Client Service is our daily mission. From offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, we represent corporate, institutional, and individual clients around the world.

We provide counsel to employers for their most sophisticated legal needs and work to improve quality of life in the communities we serve. Together, we are part of an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and global marketplace—a world full of change, challenges and possibilities.

GOLD ANNUAL SPONSORS

 

BlueWater Partners is a middle market investment-banking, consulting, and merchant banking firm. As strategic advisors to business owners and management, BlueWater Partners works with companies to create, manage and realize business value, frequently before or through a sale or acquisition. BlueWater Partners’ services include advice on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, capital sourcing, performance improvement, restructuring and turnaround.

 

Charter serves middle market companies, delivering solutions across the continuum of capital. We support clients with services ranging from capital raises for start-ups, acquisition and growth capital; to business valuation, exit planning and business sale. Our firm is structured based on a high-touch model so that clients deal with senior members of the team throughout the process. We've built our firm on strong relationships within the legal, banking, and investor communities. We connect our clients to the right people at the right time.

 

At Citizens Commercial Banking, we focus on delivering continuous, meaningful value to every client we serve.  As one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, we offer a broad range of commercial banking products and services to middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions.  We’re determined to deliver unbiased advice, certainty of execution and the best possible banking experience to the companies and organizations we serve to help them reach their full potential. 

Crowe is a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm that connects deep industry and specialized expertise with innovation. By listening to our clients, we learn about their businesses and the challenges they face. Our dedicated teams strive to deliver exceptional client service while upholding our core values and strong professional standards. We invest in tomorrow because we know smart decisions build lasting value for our clients, people, and profession.

 

Mika Meyers provides a variety of legal services to individuals and businesses in West Michigan and throughout the United States. Its attorneys assist clients with all aspects of emerging business selection and formation, established business maintenance, commercial, real estate and construction lending, capital raising and other corporate finance matters, mergers and acquisitions, environmental, bankruptcy, employment and general advice on legal and regulatory matters. Mika Meyers also provides clients with representation before courts and administrative bodies. Mika Meyers' commitment to providing the best advice and advocacy is equaled only by its commitment to providing the best client service. Mika Meyers has developed the ideal combination of large firm resources and small firm service and attention. Every client is different and every legal situation unique, and Mika Meyers is committed to providing the best blend of legal services for its clients.

 

Rhoades McKee is a full-service, comprehensive law firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The business and tax attorneys are assisted by a support staff that includes former agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Four attorneys at Rhoades McKee also have a CPA designation, which provides those attorneys with additional insight into business transactions and disputes. Rhoades McKee represents numerous large and small companies, both publicly and privately held, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, licensed professionals, financial institutions, real estate developers, municipalities and insurance companies.

COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER


Clark Communications is a full service public relations firm located in the eclectic Heartside neighborhood in downtown Grand Rapids. We specialize in providing media relations, community relations and online communications services all aimed at finding unique ways to connect our clients with their key audiences. In our 13-year history we’ve served more than 300 clients ranging from Fortune 100 giants to small nonprofits and one person startups.

SILVER ANNUAL SPONSORS

Adamy Valuation

Adamy Valuation’s team of experts provides business valuation and litigation support services. We serve business owners, executives, attorneys, fiduciaries and other clients with independent expert analysis and opinions that stand up to third-party scrutiny. Our work is relied on for ESOPs, tax reporting, financial reporting, charitable giving, divorce, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate planning, and a variety of other situations. With offices in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Chicago, we serve clients in the Midwest and across the nation.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Delaware, Chicago, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

BDO

BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.   At BDO, client service is paramount and key to our success in building strong, long-term client relationships. From venture-backed start-ups to global corporations, we combine senior-level attention with responsiveness, straightforward communications and a tailored service approach to deliver an array of assurance, tax and consulting services.

Beene Garter LLP

Since 1949, we've been passionate about finding solutions that fit our clients' needs. Today, we're known as West Michigan's largest independently owned accounting and business consulting firm. We're on the forefront of issues that impact the business landscape. We work hard to be the most trusted resource for business solutions. We focus on strengthening businesses in our community by providing a comprehensive range of audit, tax, business advisory and support services. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, our team includes 15 partners and more than 90 employees. .

Bodman PLC

With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan,  Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years.  Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to  some of the  region's most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and  we provide clients with the personal attention of a  small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation's leading  law firms. 

Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets in excess of $2.0 trillion. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. Its West Michigan clients benefit from access to a comprehensive set of state of the art banking products, coupled with local relationship management and decision making by a very stable and highly experienced staff of bankers

CIBC

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. We help clients realize their ambitions through a full range of financial advice, solutions and services in the United States, across Canada and around the world. Our strength as a relationship-focused institution dates back over 150 years. In the U.S., CIBC Bank USA provides tailored commercial banking, private and personal banking and small business banking solutions and CIBC Private Wealth offers investment management, wealth strategies and legacy planning. To learn more, visit cibc.com/US

Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

DWH

DWH is a group of highly accomplished financial and business specialists helping mid-size companies in many different industries maximize value, opportunities, and business outcomes. The professionals at DWH provide clients with advanced assessment and decision-making support in situations requiring business and financial advisory services, capital sourcing, interim management, or ownership transition planning.

Honigman

HONIGMAN LLP is a leading business law firm serving clients from its Midwest base. We counsel clients on complex legal issues in more than 60 areas of legal practice. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ businesses and being exceptionally responsive to their business goals and needs. With more than 300 attorneys and 350 staff, Honigman operates a local, national, and international practice from its Michigan offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids, and its Illinois office in Chicago. Honigman’s attorneys practice in more than 60 different areas of business law and consistently receive high ratings from their peers and clients. 

Hylant

Understanding that every business has a unique organizational blueprint, Hylant has developed a number of dedicated practice groups to offer specialized service in a variety of industries and needs, such as executive risk, property and marine, aviation, medical risk, and international coverage. From its early beginnings as a middle-market regional firm, the company has grown to serve a wide range of clients both nationally and internationally. Built upon the hard work and sound judgment of four generations, Hylant has become one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States, with nearly 700 employees throughout 14 offices.

Hungerford Nichols/Hungerford Valuation

Hungerford Nichols is a local, full service accounting firm founded in 1941. Over our 77+ years of experience, we have developed deep knowledge in diverse industries to assist business owners, their families, and their advisors. The firm, and its affiliated companies (the Hungerford family of companies), serves closely-held, family-owned businesses with a wide range of professional services, including tax, audit, accounting, business advisory, and technology services.  One of those affiliate companies, Hungerford Valuation, provides independent business valuation services for mergers and acquisitions, ownership transition, ESOPs, gift & estate, business disputes, and divorce. Hungerford is based in Grand Rapids with additional office locations in Greenville and St. Joseph.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Mercantile Bank of Michigan was founded in 1997 by Directors and Bankers who firmly believe that customers, employees, and the communities they live in, are best served by financial institutions with local roots. At Mercantile Bank, we use our local Directors, our commitment to the community, and our knowledge of Michigan to enable us to deliver our services in a way that truly sets us apart from our competitors. We believe mutually beneficial relationship banking, on both the consumer and corporate levels is key to strengthening the communities we serve.

Miller Canfield

With more than 220 attorneys in 17 offices, Miller Canfield is a leader in delivering effective and responsive legal services to businesses, nonprofits, the public sector and individuals. Founded in 1852, we are recognized as a top law firm in the United States, providing solutions to meet the business needs of clients throughout Michigan, the Midwest and around the world.

Rainstar Capital Group

Rainstar Capital Group is a multi strategy private equity firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that makes investments in consumer distressed debt portfolios, small business merchant cash advances, distressed mortgages, high growth companies and residential and commercial real estate. As a capital management and advisory firm RCG focuses on the growth of its portfolio acquisitions along with serving its portfolio companies and clients.

RCG provides advisory debt capital through its multiple lending platforms with over 250 registered lenders for clients with commercial real estate, corporate finance, small business and equipment financing needs. Product lines include: Unsecured Lines of Credit, Revenue Based Lines of Credit, Revenue Based Advance, Merchant Cash Advance, Business Lines of Credit, Inventory Financing, Purchase Order Financing, Equipment Leasing, Accounts Receivables Factoring, CMBS loans, Agency loans, Bridge Financing, Hard Money and Commercial Contractor Credit Lines.

Varnum

For more than 120 years, clients have trusted Varnum for excellence, innovation and superior results in the delivery of legal services.  Varnum clients represent a diverse range of business and legal interests: manufacturers, financial institutions, health care providers, professional groups, municipalities, colleges and universities, school districts, developers, publishers, retailers, governmental units, transportation, trade associations, charitable organizations, and utilities.

Warner Norcross + Judd

At Warner Norcross + Judd, we’re more than our Best Lawyers in America designations, Martindale-Hubbell rankings and Chambers USA acknowledgements. As one of the largest and most successful law firms in Michigan, we can handle your business matters, whether simple or complex, from start to finish.

WiliamCharles Search Group

BRONZE ANNUAL SPONSORS

AON Risk Services | Comerica Bank | Hilco Gloval | Macatawa Bank | McShane & Bowie, P.L.C. | NuVescor Group | Old National Bank |

Plante Moran | Rehmann 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Julie Metsker at jmetsker@acgwmich.org or 616.732.7149, or fill out the form here and we'll be in touch.