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Monday, 28 December 2015 09:58

Year in Review: A look back at MiBiz award winners for 2015

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Scott McLean of New Horizons Great Lakes Holding Corp. speaks during Oct. 28's M&A Deals and Dealmakers Awards in Grand Rapids. Scott McLean of New Horizons Great Lakes Holding Corp. speaks during Oct. 28's M&A Deals and Dealmakers Awards in Grand Rapids. PHOTO: Katy Batdorff

The end of the year provides us an opportunity to look back at all the winners and finalists MiBiz celebrated in four special awards programs.

In 2015, we honored the top M&A Deals and Dealmakers, the Best Managed Nonprofits, the CFOs of the Year, and West Michigan’s Healthiest Employers.

All in all, the events downplay trophies and hardware and instead focus on sharing best practices that other companies can use in their day-to-day operations. Here’s a recap of the stories outlining those best practices.

M&A Deals and Dealmakers of the Year

A successful acquisition comes down to much more than just making the numbers work.

While an acquisition surely must make financial and business sense, buyers and sellers need to make sure they put enough consideration into the cultural fit as well, according to winners and finalists in the 2015 MiBiz M&A Deals and Dealmakers of the Year Awards.

Deal of the Year: More than $150M
WINNER: Chemical Financial acquisition of Lake Michigan Financial

FINALIST: JR Automation sale to Crestview Partners

Deal of the Year: $25M to $150M
WINNER: Huron Capital/XLerate acquisition of Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction

FINALIST: Oak Crest Communities

Deal of the Year: Less than $25M
WINNER: New Horizons

FINALIST: Tesla Tool and Die

Dealmaker of the Year/Executive
WINNER: Greg Williams, Acrisure

FINALIST: Mike Stevens, Founders Brewing Co.

Dealmaker of the Year/Adviser
WINNER: Tracy Larsen, Barnes & Thornburg

FINALIST: Jeff Ott, Warner Norcross & Judd

ACG Growth Capital Deal of the Year
WINNER: Modustri

Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards

The 2015 MiBiz Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards, presented with the Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, celebrate the organizations across West Michigan that do good by doing well. This year, the panel of judges weighed the dozens of nominations to look for the nonprofits that acted entrepreneurially to support their missions.

Less than $1 million
WINNER: The Pantry

FINALIST: Family Hope Foundation

$1 million to $3 million
WINNER: Indian Trails Camp

FINALIST: St. Cecilia Music Center

More than $3 million
WINNER: Kinexus

FINALIST: Hospice of Michigan

Lifetime Achievement
Winner: Vera Beech, Community Rebuilders

CFO of the Year Awards

Despite working in very different industries, this year’s winners in the MiBiz CFO of the Year Awards shared some very similar traits, beyond their humility and knack for solving complex challenges. They helped their organizations work within key parameters to achieve strategic goals. They fulfilled the role of a calm leader who helped their companies navigate and overcome challenging times. And perhaps above all, they balanced all that while still doing their day jobs of managing the numbers and helping others in the company understand the risk and reward inherent in their decision making.

WINNER: Eric Lambert, Mill Steel

WINNER: Julie Towner, Rockford Construction

WINNER: Donald Jakel, Grand Rapids Public Library

West Michigan’s Healthiest Employers

It’s no longer enough for companies to focus their wellness plans on employees’ physical health. Rather, as West Michigan employers build wellness programs into the fabric of their corporate cultures, they’re realizing they need to pay attention to workers’ well-being. That’s a nuanced, yet important, realization. While physical health is critical for employees’ productivity and overall wellness, so too is their emotional, social and financial health, according to the experts our reporters talked to for a special report on West Michigan’s Healthiest Employers.

Small Business
WINNER: Southwest Michigan First

Express Employment Pros

Middle Market
WINNER: Trendway Corp.

Consumers Credit Union

Large Company
WINNER: Herman Miller Inc.

Lacks Enterprises Inc.

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