Mark A. Behnke

Transportation / President

Mark has owned and operated an independent trucking and warehouse business for over twenty-five years.   His experience includes working with regulatory agencies such as the Department of Transportation, ICC and Teamsters; labor union.  Mark engages in the day to day operations of the business, establishing new accounts and maintains existing accounts.

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Herm Remus

Real Estate Broker/Accountant

Herms vast business experience includes working as a Bank Branch Manager to Vice President of Commercial Loans.  Herm was the first chairman for the Calhoun County Michigan Housing Commission.  He worked as a Controller and General Manager of a multi company corporation including sales, production, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and monthly financial statement preparation.  Herm has also instructed accounting courses at universities and colleges.  Herm has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1975, and is currently licensed in Michigan and Florida.  In 2009-2010 Herm was a...

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William “Bill” Morris

Business Management / Project Coordinator

Bill’s professional background consists of design, construction, demolition and operation of numerous commercial and residential properties.  Bill has experience in environmental consulting and contracting, asbestos abatement to include training manufacturers, local unions, contractors, supervisors, and individuals.  In addition, Bill’s personal pursuits have led him to serve his community by sitting of numerous committees and boards.

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J. Joseph Merem

Risk Management Director

Joe is a veteran insurance professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in assisting commercial and personal line clients with insurance and risk assessment, designing custom policies for their specific business and personal needs and claims managment. Joe holds a bachelors degree of Finance from Western Michigan University, and is a licensed insurance agent.  He is a member of the Michigan Mortgage Association of Financial Insurance Brokers (AFIB) and Mortgage Bankers Association of Michigan (MBAM).

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Louis Legg

Lumber Retail and Wholesale

Louis has thirty-five years experience in all aspects of the lumber industry including the acquisition and liquidation of lumber yards, the purchase and selling of hardware and associated building materials.  He is vastly experienced with financial operations, inventory control, and personnel.

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Chris Micklatcher

Tax Attorney/CPA

Chris has represented individuals and business with IRS problems for over 25 years.  He has guided many clients to positive resolutions to serious tax problems.  Chris is able to serve clients in all types of tax matters including IRS audits, IRS liens and levies, unpaid business and payroll taxes, and settlements and compromises.

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Julius J. Hoffman

Attorney at Law

Julius is highly concentrated in the business, real estate, probate, estate planning and trust administration areas, representing many small and midsize companies in Michigan.  As to probate specifically, in addition to probating estates, Julias is routinely appointed as Special Conservator, and Successor Personal Representative by Judges and the Michigan Attorney General’ Office.

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John H. Watkins


John is a veteran financial professional spending his entire career assisting business owners. He has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs in all stages of growth to reach the maximum potential out of their business.  John is extremely familiar with all the problems and pitfalls facing businesses in today’s economy and has been involved in many difficult workout situations with business owners.

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Dr. Howard S. Wharton


Howard has over 40 years experience in the medical field.  His expertise includes certified emergency medicine and certified MRO (expert in drug screening).  Howard was Chief of Staff for Bronson Methodist Hospital E.R., and Staff Physician for the Upjohon Co., General Foods, and the Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Howard currently owns and operates his medical practice Promptcare/Workcare .  Howard is efficient in medical management, and has a broad knowledge of business management, and finance.

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John J. Marcavage


John is qualified in manufacturing management.  His skills include multi plant operation management, union negotiations, human resource manager, supervisor and employee placement training.   John has been successful in exceeding plant operation goals.

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Ralph A. Wharry P.E.


Ralph has vast experience in engineering including design manufacturing and commercial facilities, and forensic engineering, specializing in roof design and replacement. His clients include the U.S. Government, General Motors, Bell South, Kraft Foods, and Ralston.  Ralph is a registered engineer in Michigan, Texas, Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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D. Thomas Cramutolo

Aviation Expert

Tom’s extensive knowledge in aviation includes working as an Air Traffic Controller, and Federal Aviation Administrator.  He also worked for Battle Creek Aviation located in Battle Creek, Michigan, serving as President/CEO directing Fixed Base Operation (FBO) and Part 135 operations which provided flight instruction, aircraft maintenance, operation procedures and  safety programs, negotiated contracts, established budgets, and aircraft rental.

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James R. Feldpausch

Grocery & Hardware

James background experience derives from operating twenty-four retail locations consisting of supermarkets, convenience stores, discount centers, and warehouse facilities.  He has been responsible in managing over One Thousand Eight Hundred employees providing strategic leadership, approving the execution of company plans, programs and policies to support the corporate mission and vision.

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Carl H. Clatterbuck III

Theft Prevention

Carl has successfully completed thousands of cases in the United States and Internationally. He specializes in white-collar crimes.  Carl consults with businesses where his focus is locating loss, and addressing underlying issues that gave way to that loss.  Carl also teaches college level classes in “Interviewing and Investigations”.

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Jim Sova


Jim has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of contaminated site (brownfield) redevelopment, environmental site assessment, remediation, and project/staff management as Scientist and Manager.  As an environmental consultant Jim developed, managed, and implemented over one hundred Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments.  He has been involved in negotiating and securing  grants for several sites in southeast and south-central Michigan.  Jim also has an academic career in teaching in the geological and environmental sciences.

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