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M&A Award Profiles (46)

Despite their strong ties to smartphones and virtual communication, Gen Xers and Millennials still crave face-to-face interaction, and the philanthropic sector is taking note.

With a new executive at the helm, Center for Women in Transition experienced its own share of change in 2017.

Building a strong foundation for the community involves bricks and mortar, in addition to providing funds focused on health and human service issues.

The $14.5 million acquisition of 177 homes in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas required a “leap of faith” from Ryan VerWys and his team at the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF).

Leaders of Extended Grace are working to put their hands out for more than money to fund their organization.

Read Muskegon grew out of an informal group of volunteers providing one-on-one literacy tutoring, but the organization in recent years has shifted gears to boost its visibility and impact in the community.

MiBiz presents the fourth-annual West Michigan’s Best-Managed Nonprofit Awards. This year, we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which were solicited in three organizational categories separated by annual revenues and one honoring professional achievement. 
Here are the winners and finalists: 

Unlike many public and for-profit companies, nonprofits sometimes need to pump the brakes in their quest for growth.

Conversations with donors about estate gifts can be long and drawn out affairs, but executives at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area found a way to make those discussions easier and netted $30 million in the process.

Thomas Zmolek considered a career in photojournalism, but life experiences and a summer science institute during high school led him down a different path, one that still put him on the forefront of social change over the last 40 years.

The active M&A market in West Michigan shows no signs of slowing down for the foreseeable future. For the executives and advisers honored in the 2017 MiBiz M&A Deals and Dealmakers of the Year Awards, that’s a sign that the local economy remains strong — and that companies and private equity firms will continue to have ample dry powder for transactions in the years ahead.

The active mergers and acquisitions market shows no signs of slowing down for the foreseeable future. 

After steering Spartan Motors Inc. through a series of changes that helped the manufacturer return to profitability, Daryl Adams knew the timing worked to take the next step in the company’s growth strategy.

With three acquisitions and two exits under his belt in the last year and a half, Martin Stein continues to drive a steady pace of deal activity at Blackford Capital.

In his 28 years in practice, attorney Jeff Ott has worked on almost 70 transactions, nearly a dozen of which involved Chemical Financial Corp.’s acquisitions of other banks.

While advising on more than two-dozen transactions over a 12-month period, Dustin Daniels saw firsthand the growth of private equity’s role in mergers and acquisitions in West Michigan. 

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