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A long-time Grand Rapids leader, Jeanne Englehart continues to remain at the heart of the area’s business community despite several attempts at retirement.
She currently holds a position as vice president of client relationships for the mergers and acquisitions firm The Charter Group in Grand Rapids. As a successful entrepreneur as former founder and president of Englehart Training Centers, Englehart now provides independent consulting services to West Michigan business owners in the areas of succession planning and valuation enhancement.
Previously, she retired from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, where she developed an award-winning organization during her seven years as the first female president and CEO.
Englehart’s experience includes a host of board and leadership positions at local and national organizations, as well as a gubernatorial appointment to the State of Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corp., serving as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and working as community services director for Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers.
In the community
Englehart most recently stepped in as interim executive and brand ambassador for both Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership in West Michigan, where she's a founding member.
She currently sits on the board and corporate committee for the Grand Rapids Symphony and serves Founders Bank & Trust as a member of the board of directors, executive loan committee and governance and compensation committee.
Among her many accolades, she was named the 2013 Athena Award recipient by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.