Extended Family

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Schupan & Sons family of companies.

In reaching this milestone, President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Schupan credits the company operations, which he compares to how hockey great Wayne Gretzky skated on the ice. “We ‘skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been,’” Marc says.

Now some argue that quote is more attributable to Gretzky’s father offering advice to his young son. And this potentially paternal advice seems fitting for Marc, who took over company leadership when his own father passed away.

LEADER2LEADER: Steve Hessen and Caitlin Carey


Steve Hessen: Leaders must be willing to say and see what makes others uncomfortable. Without this, a leader is simply preserving the status quo. It is also important that the team knows our goal is to get better every day.

Caitlyn Carey: A leader is someone who’s actively engaged, takes pride in their work, and goes out of their way to set goals and be involved. Anyone can be a leader. Your actions throughout the day are what make you a good leader.

A Career Under Construction

South Bend, Indiana

Western Michigan University
Civil Engineering Major, Mathematics Minor; Expected Graduation: Spring 2020

Project Management Intern at Miller-Davis

My role is to support the project management team. Our purpose is to coordinate office communications to make sure that our construction team is well-informed so they can do their job. Clear communication and understanding what we need to accomplish on site are the most important aspects of my role. I enjoy that some days I am out on the construction site, and other days I am in the office putting together the paperwork that will keep the project moving.

Industry Evolution Seeds Growth of Excel Ag Solutions

Barry Mumby took a leap of faith in 1979 with four partners to launch Mendon Seed Growers.

Paying 18 percent interest on borrowed capital and adding customers a single digit at a time, he had no idea then what the seed corn venture would spur in St. Joseph County and the region.

Make It the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Searching for the perfect complement to your seasonal feast? For your holiday wines, look to Northern Italy for everything from big reds for holiday feasts to lively bubbles for ringing in a new year.

When selecting, arguably the two most important regions in Northern Italy are Piedmont in the Northwest and the Veneto in the Northeast. In Piedmont, the ice-cold Alps and the warm Mediterranean affect the weather by creating a tug-of-war that produces happy wine grapes and great wine.

Banking on Culture

Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
Finance, B.B.S. ’17

Kalamazoo, MI

Credit Analyst, Huntington Bank

Getting Down to Business
I work at Huntington Bank, a leading regional bank, as a credit analyst for the commercial middle market. I work closely with clients to determine if a company is doing what it needs to be doing to be successful. Then, my team decides how the bank can help our clients reach their business goals in each case individually. We want to make people’s lives better, help businesses thrive, and strengthen our communities.

Building the Idea Factory

Imagine the office of the future.

What pops into your mind? Maybe it’s an artificial intelligence system that reminds you of your schedule as soon as you step foot in your workspace. Or virtual reality technology that allows you to be “in” the meeting room while working remotely. Or perhaps it’s something simple, like a coffee maker that always has a fresh cup waiting because it can sense when you’re on your way.

On Pace

On Highway M-60, where it winds past scenic lakes and lush farmland in St. Joseph County, sits a dynamic manufacturer of high-profile parts for the automotive, marine, agricultural, entertainment, and industrial sectors.

Revved-up auto enthusiasts readily seek out its products such as covers for the superchargers on General Motors’ Corvette, Camaro, and Cadillac supercars, and superchargers for Roush Racing that power the Ford Mustang and Raptor.

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