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Matthew Haworth, Chairman, Haworth Inc.

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:33 |

Office furniture maker Haworth, which had sales of $1.38 billion last year, successfully initiated a zero waste to landfill policy that made the company $1.4 million. Haworth took over the family-owned company from his father, Dick Haworth, in 2009.

A 34-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, Sieger leads the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, which in its 2012 fiscal year granted more than $11 million, including $844,000 in scholarships.

After having to significantly reduce the size of the bank through the economic turmoil, Price sees Mercantile perhaps returning to growth in 2013.

Don Shoemaker, Principal, Franklin Partners

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:24 |

While his company was initially involved mostly in industrial real estate in West Michigan, Shoemaker and Franklin Partners this year expanded their portfolio to include downtown Grand Rapids properties.

Aaron Zeigler, President, Zeigler Auto Group

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:17 |

Even at the low point of the auto industry, Zeigler’s company was on a roll, debuting stores in West Michigan and in the greater Chicago area. The results have been positive.

Finney, whose career has spanned the public and private sector, led a full-scale overhaul of the MEDC, including a focus on a regional economic development model and new, performance-based incentive programs.

After joining Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. in 1978, Schoonveld rose through the ranks to be just the seventh president in the company’s more than 12-decade-long history, which includes in its portfolio some of West Michigan’s iconic buildings.

Perrigo reported sales growth of 15.1 percent to $3.17 billion for its 2012 fiscal year. New products accounted for half of that sales growth. After launching more than 45 products this year, the generic and over-the-counter drug maker plans an even more ambitious schedule in 2013.

Mark Bissell, Chairman and CEO, Bissell Inc.

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:01 |

The fourth-generation family owned floor care company plans a complete “refocusing” and “revamping” of its brand that will roll out over 2013. The process will allow the manufacturer to project more clarity around its brand and its products, Bissell says.

A tireless advocate for the architecture industry, Metz has served on the state and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

In 2012, Wolverine World Wide completed one of the largest acquisitions ever in the footwear industry when it bought Collective Brands’ Performance + Lifestyle Group for $1.24 billion. The deal transforms Wolverine into the third-largest footwear company in the world behind giants Nike and Adidas.

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