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.

 

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®.

 

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 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.

 

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

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 17 partners and more than 100 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. CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services in the United States, across Canada and around the world. In the U.S., CIBC Bank USA provides commercial banking, private and personal banking and small business banking solutions and CIBC Private Wealth offers investment management, wealth strategies and legacy planning. Visit us at 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.

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. 

Horizon Bank

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors/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.

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.

Waséyabek

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.

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 netowrk to help you successfully navigate your search process with confidence.

BRONZE ANNUAL SPONSORS

Adamy Valuation | Comerica Bank | Hilco Industrial | Hylant | Huntington Bank | Macatawa Bank |

McShane & Bowie, P. L. C. | Old National Bank | Rainstar Capital Group | 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.