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July 15th 2022 | Written By Press Release | Share

Michael Verhulst Appointed to Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board

Michael Verhulst Appointed to Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board

Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 14, 2022 – Michael Verhulst has joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board.

Verhulst will serve a three-year term on the seven-member board, which is appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners and responsible for general oversight of the airport.

Verhulst brings more than two decades of experience in business administration, public policy and strategic direction to the role, as well many years as a leader and volunteer for several organizations. 

“We are pleased to welcome Michael to the board,” Airport Authority Board Chair Dan Koorndyk said. “With his strong business acumen and community connections, he is a valuable addition to the Airport. We look forward to his insights on our operational strategy and growth.”

As executive vice president of strategic growth at Acrisure, LLC, Verhulst identifies business opportunities by cultivating and maintaining relationships with both existing and potential clients. He previously served in leadership positions at Rockford Construction and Wolverine Building Group and has owned several businesses. Over the years, he’s gained experience in social work, business, law, technology, innovation, collaboration, design and related fields.

“I am delighted to join the Ford International Airport Board,” Verhulst said. “Ford International Airport is an economic catalyst within West Michigan, generating tremendous economic impact while continuously investing in efforts that elevate the guest experience. I’m honored by the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and skills to support these and other initiatives.”

Throughout his career, Verhulst has served on several local boards and committees. He is currently chairperson-elect of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Priority Health and YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. He is also a member of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Project One Module of Spectrum Health and the advisory council of HBeX - Ford, GM, Chrysler & DTE.

Verhulst has earned several nominations and awards. His recent accolades include Crain's Notable Veteran's Award, the Starnet Gold Design Award and being named a Diversity Champion by Corp! Magazine.

Verhulst served in the United States Army and attended Davenport University.

About the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @FlyGRFord.

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