John W. Green

John W. Green

John Green has more than 24 years of experience in finance, commercial real estate and urban re-development. Following his graduation from Indiana University with a degree in Economics, John worked as an investment advisor and securities trader in Chicago before returning to his hometown to play a role in the rehabilitation of Grand Rapids’ historic downtown, eventually leading him to Founders, where he advanced from Chairman in 2007, to President in 2013. In 2015, John assumed the role of Executive Chairman and continues to play an active role at the brewery.

John’s active role in the greater Grand Rapids community has led to the brewery’s partnership with numerous organizations throughout the City including ArtPrize, Grand Rapids Whitewater, John Ball Zoo, West Michigan Whitecaps, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Experience Grand Rapids, and the Right Place Program. John also sits on several boards, including the Downtown Market (Chair), Grand Valley State University Foundation (Trustee) and Grand Rapids Whitewater (Founding Board Member and Treasurer). 

John lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Deanna and three children.

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