Thank you to all who participated in the TMA West Michigan Kalamazoo Scavenger Hunt on June 28, 2018! As you can see, a good time was had. Do you want to participate with industry peers in more exciting events? Don't wait! Register now using the links listed below. 

Sponsored by the NOW affinity group, this event was made possible by a grant from TMA Global.

Raise Your Glass: The Turnaround of Founders Brewing Co.

  • 10/25/2017
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Founders Brewing Co.: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Raise Your Glass: The Turnaround of Founders Brewing Co.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
4:30-7:30 PM

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Join TMA of West Michigan for this exciting event featuring the successful turnaround story of Founders Brewing Co. Listen as Brian May, VP of International Business at Founders Brewing Co., shares the story of Founders' business launch, beginning struggle and incredible turnaround: placing Grand Rapids, Michigan on the map for brewing hot-spots. Then receive a behind-the-scenes tour of this amazing facility. 

You won't want to miss this compelling story of radical transformation. After all this company believes you should live your life with " zero regrets". 


4:30 p.m. Registration, Drinks, Appetizers and Networking in the Centennial Room
5:30 p.m. Presentation by Brian May
6:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Brewery Tour

Founders Brewing Co. was established in 1997 by two craft beer/home brewing enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens. They both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams- which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you're going to live life, you ought to live it hard without regrets. 

After some initial challenges and making well balanced but unremarkable beers, they were on the verge of bankruptcy... so close in fact, that they purchased bolt cutters just in case the bank locked them out of their facility. It was then that they committed to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place:“complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor”. Today Founders “doesn’t brew beer for the masses.” However, they now rank among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the U.S and have received awards from numerous sources, including: World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, Great American Beer Festival, RateBeer and BeerAdvocates.

100% family owned and founded in 1890, Mahou San Miguel, has been Spain’s leading brewing company for 125 years. With eight centers, spanning across the globe, Mahou San Miguel purchased a minority stake in Founders Brewing Co. in 2015. Together they are focused on long-term strategic growth, with a commitment to brand longevity and product quality. 

Who should attend
Turnaround specialists, CTAs, CPAs, attorneys, bankers, loan officers, accountants, all professionals working in insolvency, business community-members-at-large (including: executives, management, owners and operators) and all those interested in beer. 

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Turnaround Management Association

The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is a global non-profit organization comprised of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals with more than 8,300 members in 55 chapters, including 32 in North America and 23 around the global. TMA’s mission is to serve as a forum for corporate renewal professionals from all disciplines to promote high standards of practice, foster professional development, and enhance the image of TMA members. Click here for more information.

West Michigan Chapter

TMA WM is an independent chapter of TMA Global (an international association). Our group is composed of 86 members in the region. We regularly host networking meetings and educational events, promoting career development in the field of turnaround management.

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