Downtown Market elects board members

Downtown Market elects board members

Steve Johnson. Courtesy Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has elected two new board members who will also serve on its finance committee.

They are Laina Mills, C.F.A., SVP and chief investment officer at Legacy Trust, and Steve Johnson, C.P.A., a partner at Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates.

The new members are both filling open positions in three-year terms. Mills’ term goes through Dec. 31, 2021, and Johnson’s term goes through Dec. 31, 2019.

“Grand Rapids has no shortage of smart and passionate community leaders, and we’re fortunate to welcome two outstanding individuals to our board of directors this year,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO, Downtown Market.

“Laina and Steve will not only bring their wealth of expertise to our finance committee, but also work to advance our mission of supporting entrepreneurs and offering dynamic food-centered experiences to our community.”

Laina Mills

In her role at Legacy Trust, Mills leads oversees the firm’s investment philosophy and asset management strategies and manages individual and family office portfolios with the firm’s wealth management staff.

She also serves on the board of directors for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Opera Grand Rapids and Catholic Charities West Michigan and volunteers as an investment committee member for St. Cecilia Music Center.

Steve Johnson

Johnson has worked in public accounting for over 17 years, joining Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates in 2016.

He provides partnership and corporate tax assistance, audit and assurance services, financial performance evaluation and proforma preparation for clients in the construction, real estate, nonprofit and manufacturing industries.

Johnson has served on various boards and committees, including Volunteers in Service, Cornerstone URC, Reformed Youth Services, Zion Christian School, Builder’s Exchange of Michigan and the Construction Financial Management Association.

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