Michael G. Kelly
During his 36 year career at Wolverine, Mike has climbed the ladder from draftsman to owner. Mike now oversees all aspects of the company both in the office and on job sites. He still likes to design facilities, meet with owners, and run projects as time allows. Mike says, “I still gravitate to the cradle to grave philosophy, working with an owner on a project from conception to handing the keys over for the new facility once we have completed it.”
Mike stresses to all those working at Wolverine the importance of details, planning, accurate budgets, realistic schedules and most of all, sensitivity to the customer’s needs. He believes in the importance of developing a personal relationship with those you are building for. “They are buying the contractor name ‘Wolverine,’ but they are also looking for honesty, integrity and knowledge from the individuals that they will work directly with on their project.”
Mike sits on a number of boards, is a member of many construction organizations, and is on the Caledonia Planning Commission. Mike feels that being active in the community is an important part of each person’s legacy.
Mike has been married to his wife Carla for 30 years, has five grown children, and calls Caledonia, Michigan home.
President, Business & Finance
Dick VanderZyden is Wolverine Building Group’s President of Business and Finance. He also oversees Wolverine’s Multi-Family and Construction Management Divisions. Dick joined Wolverine in 1988 and became President in 1995. He has overseen some of Wolverine’s most iconic projects, including Fifth Third Ballpark and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Dick has a strong commitment to community involvement, and has served on the Boards of Directors for many local organizations, including the Westminster Presbyterian Church, East Grand Rapids Community Foundation, East Grand Rapids Planning Commission, David D. Hunting YMCA,GVSU University Foundation, Bethany Christian Services, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, ABC of West Michigan, and ABC National.
President, North America Division
Michael Houseman is the President of Wolverine’s North America division, overseeing a team of retail and restaurant experts who travel the country for our clients. As President, Michael maintains his focus on enjoyment for both the client and contractors. Wolverine’s National Retail team offers quality at a fast pace and a fair price. An experienced professional with 30 years in the construction industry, Mike’s success stems from his thorough knowledge of all aspects of construction and a strong belief in real customer service. His leadership allowed the small North America division to grow into a nationally recognized contractor for such companies as Spartan Stores, Taco Bell, and Red Robin.
Michael is the Vice Chair for the ABC State Board and the National Trustee for ABC’s Government Affairs Committee. He is active in his church and in his community, having served on the City of Walker’s Planning Commission and Community Relations Committee.
Aaron joined the Wolverine team in 2007 and specializes in ground-up multi-unit construction as well as complex historic renovations involving both State and Federal Historic Tax Credit compliance as well as LIHTC funding. Aaron is actively involved in the LIHTC industry, and has overseen some of Wolverine’s most complex historic renovation projects, including 101 South Division Lofts and the Durant Hotel, both of which won numerous awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Living Stones Academy.
Curt joined Wolverine in 1998 and now serves as Vice President of our Multi-Family division. He leads a broad range of project teams and client relationships, contributing his creative talents and insight to assist clients in realizing their vision in creating practical and workable solutions. He is an expert in construction and renovations for multi-unit projects and has overseen numerous large multi-family housing facilities, both locally and nationally.
Michael B. Verhulst
Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations
Michael assists Wolverine with identifying and qualifying business opportunities by cultivating and maintaining relationships with current and potential clients and expanding new market segments. He also works to position Wolverine as a leader in the areas of diversity and inclusion by advocating on the behalf of minority- and women-owned businesses.
For over 16 years, Michael served the West Michigan area as Owner and President of Summit Landscape Management, Inc., and Summit Tree Service, Inc. Both companies received numerous awards and accolades, including Minority Small Business of the Year Award (GRACC), Nominated 50 Companies to Watch (Edward Lowe Foundation), Nominated Small Business of the Year (GRACC), and Nominated for the Diamond Award (MMSDC).
Michael is an Army veteran (2nd Calvary Airborne Squadron – Nuremberg, Germany) and Grand Rapids native with a strong commitment to the local business community, having served on Board of Directors and Steering Committees for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, Literacy Center of West Michigan, CEO Roundtable (GRACC), Project One (MMSDC), The Rapid Transit, and Building Bridges (Bethany Christian Services). He currently Chairs the West Michigan Minority Contractors Association (WMMCA).