Aaron Jonker

President & Co-Owner

Aaron joined Wolverine Building Group as a Project Manager in 2007, was promoted to Vice President in 2010 and President in 2017. He specializes in ground-up, multi-unit construction involving both State and Federal Historic Tax Credit compliance as well as LIHTC funding. He has directed some of Wolverine’s most complex historic renovation projects, many of which have received the Michigan Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

He is a member of TALENT 2025’s CEO Council, and the Board of Directors for the Pine Rest Foundation, as well as an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. He has also served on the Board of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Living Stones Academy, an urban faith-based school.

 

Curt Mulder

President & Co-Owner

Curt joined Wolverine Building Group as a Project Manager in 1998, was promoted to Vice President in 2010 and President in 2016. He is recognized as an expert in the construction industry with vast experience in all aspects of the business. He has an extensive spectrum of project experience in the industrial, office, health care, education and multi-unit residential markets, both locally and nationally. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Young Life, and the Association of Builders and Contractors of Michigan, and has served on the Board of Directors of Camp Roger.

Letter from the Owners

In 2015, when we agreed that we would take on the responsibility of ownership at Wolverine Building Group, we talked a lot about what our impact would be at this now 80-year-old company.

Wolverine has a deep and rich legacy in Michigan.

In 1939, Peter Bowman founded Wolverine Tile Company, a small family-owned subcontractor. In the 1970s, under the leadership of Peter’s son, Jim, the company grew to become the nation’s largest builder of Butler Buildings or pre-fabricated metal buildings. Then in 1980, Stan Che and Je Ridings started Wolverine Construction Management, which set an industry benchmark for construction of institutional facilities. Dick VanderZyden and Mike Kelly became our fourth owners in 1995. Dick and Mike’s legacy included acquiring Fryling Construction, which specialized in building shopping malls and multi-family housing. They also merged with Houseman Construction to create our North America Division, which specializes in restaurants and retail.

All of Wolverine’s previous owners made significant contributions to position us as one of West Michigan’s most respected general contractors.

We recognize that our time at Wolverine will be just a small part of this company’s great history. The construction industry will continue to change, and we will continue to innovate. We will continue to partner with our clients to provide creative solutions to help their businesses grow and prosper.

But our greatest hope is that we will be remembered for how we treated people. We don’t aspire to be the biggest; we aspire to be the best. The best employer, the best builder, the best partner to our clients, and the best advocate for our community.

Looking forward to our second year.

With gratitude,

Curt Mulder & Aaron Jonker