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 2021 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.

 

In operation for more than 30 years, Charter Capital Partners is a premier investment banking and private capital management firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Charter’s M&A practice focuses on transactions ranging from $20 million to $200 million for privately held companies, including buy-side and sell-side M&A, succession planning, business valuation and capital raise. In addition, Charter Private Capital Management is a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA), professionally managing numerous venture and growth capital funds as well as private investment vehicles. For three years in a row, Charter has been recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.

 

Crowe LLP is a public accounting, consulting and technology firm with offices around the world. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities. The firm and its subsidiaries also help clients make smart decisions that lead to lasting value with its tax, advisory and consulting services. Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the best places to work in the U.S. As an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world, Crowe serves clients worldwide. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 130 countries around the world.

 

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.

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At Warner Norcross + Judd, client service and teamwork are the founding principles of our law firm and we apply these principles at every level of our organization. With over 230 attorneys working in 14 industry groups and 27 specialized practice areas, Warner meets the legal needs of clients operating throughout Michigan, the United States and around the world. Helping our clients reach their goals continues to be our No. 1 priority and our dedication to delivering superior legal services in a highly responsive manner is what we do. Warner is devoted to building better partnerships through legal counsel and client service as well as philanthropic endeavors. We believe community stewardship is more than a responsibility – it’s who we are. Warner attorneys and staff are proud of the firm’s long-standing tradition of contributing time, talent and money to the communities in which we live, work and serve.
 

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Waséyabek Development Company, LLC (WDC) is a 100 percent Tribally-owned holding company that manages the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi’s non-gaming economic development activities. By fostering the development of a stable, diversified economy for members of the Band, WDC contributes to the Tribe’s long-term sustainability and economic self-sufficiency by providing revenue and diverse employment opportunities for Tribal Members.

The investment strategy of WDC involves prudently acquiring companies and income properties throughout our target market as well as engaging in federal contracting activities. We look favorably on companies with strong leadership willing to remain post-transaction. A solid earnings track record and a debt ratio comparable to industry standards are vital for consideration.

COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER

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ShutterWerks Media is a full-service digital content creation resource, providing national and international clients with an array of services, including strategic ideation, conceptual development, production/post services, digital authoring, and motion graphics consultation. Leveraging our network of traditionally educated artists with contemporary tools and technology allows ShutterWerks Media to provide our clients with "concept-to-delivery" and a la carte production services for b2b and b2c communications and entertainment purposes.


 

 

 

SILVER ANNUAL SPONSORS

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 tax, audit, outsourcing, and consulting services. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, our team includes 15 partners and more than 100 employees.

BMO Harris Bank

Established in 1882, BMO Harris Bank is one of the country's most respected banks, with a reputation for being a strong, safe, and stable financial services partner. BMO Harris commercial banking experts are based in Michigan and focus on building relationships with middle-market companies in Michigan by offering financial solutions to help increase enterprise value, fund business growth, manage cash flow, and optimize working capital. BMO Harris Bank is ready to offer the guidance and resources necessary to help make a company's vision a reality. 

Our parent company, BMO Financial Group, is a global financial services provider, offering a full range of products and services to more than 12 million customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Our organization offers capital strength as well as a highly complementary range of financial solutions: from business checking to sophisticated treasury management products; from a business line of credit to capital raising and M&A advice. BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC.

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

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.

Gun Lake Investments

Gun Lake Investments, or GLI, is a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based economic development corporation. We operate similar to a family office—investing capital in a diverse portfolio of private equity assets. Except instead of representing just one family, GLI represents the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe. GLI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Gun Lake Tribe and is focused on diversifying the Tribal economy beyond its gaming arm—ensuring its financial foundation for generations to come.

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 receive high ratings from their peers and clients. 

Kotz Sangster

In choosing a law firm, nothing is more important than finding the firm that is the right fit for you.  If what matters to you is responsive service, excellent legal advice, creative thinking and outcomes that work, then we should talk.  We’ve delivered that to clients since our founding in 1978.  With a team of nearly 40 attorneys in offices across Michigan, we make it convenient for you to get the advice you need.  Kotz Sangster is large enough to successfully manage complex matters, and at the same time provide true relationship counsel throughout the legal process.  As our diverse set of clientele from around the world will attest, with us it’s not just a job, it’s personal.

Macatawa Bank

At Macatawa Bank, serving the communities where we live and work is a core value. We recognize the power of volunteerism, contributing financial support and resources, and collaborating with local businesses and non-profits to help our communities thrive. We celebrate community involvement and support our professionals by giving back their time and talents to help local organizations thrive.

Macatawa Bank was born in 1997 by a group of local business leaders who had a vision of what a true community bank could be. Today, we remain true to our roots, the communities we serve, and our commitment to staying local. We have over 400 employees that live and work in this community, giving you access to immediate and responsible decisions to keep you moving ahead toward your financial goals. Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking services, retail and commercial lending, wealth management, treasury management, private banking, and eBanking services. Whether you prefer mobile or in-person banking, we are here for you. Our 26 full-service branches are conveniently located throughout Kent, Ottawa, and northern Allegan Counties.

 

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 18 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.

O'Keefe

O'Keefe is an award-winning, nationally recognized transactional strategic and financial advisory firm specializing in Corporate Finance, Litigation Support, Turnaround and Restructuring, and Strategic Advisory services. In addition, we also provide solutions to clients experiencing non-recurring life events that are significant to their growth or profitability. When hands-on guidance and exceptional performance is a must, organizations turn to the expertise of O'Keefe. We're your partners for success. Our culture of collaboration and problem solving is unmatched. We craft solutions that produce impressive bottom-line results even in the most complex situations.

Established in 2001, the company has locations in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rehmann

Rehmann is a financial services and business advisory firm. We are better at helping clients because we take a collaborative, personalized approach and build a customized team of specialists to help them achieve their objectives. We focus on the business of business -- allowing people to focus on what makes them extraordinary. Rehmann started as a CPA firm more than 75 years ago, and we are now a multifaceted advisory firm that helps businesses and high-net-worth families maximize potential. Clients who work with Rehmann expect us to be more than a vendor -- they want collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.

 

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.

WilliamCharles Search Group

When it comes to making your most critical hiring decisions, you don't want to leave anything to chance.  Finding the right person for a key role will help you grown your business and align both the team and the company for future success.  William Charles has the experience and network to help you successfully navigate your search process with confidence.

 

BRONZE ANNUAL SPONSORS

Adamy Valuation | Amway Corporation | Comerica | Horizon Bank |Hungerford Nichols | Huntington Bank | Hylant |  Plante Moran | 

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.