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John K. Grier, Co-Chair

Scholarship and Endowment Committees
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John K. Grier is the owner and CEO of the Lake Region Office Supplies Inc., and Lake Region Appliances Companies of Detroit, Michigan.  He has a very successful business which has substantially grown to become a prime contractor for the federal government and Fortune 500 companies.  John is a 1968 graduate of Pine Forge Academy.  As a proud alumnus, he has a strong interest in the future of the Academy and has access to resources which will advance the mission of both the Foundation and the Academy. When contacted to serve, John was excited about the possibility of serving on the board. In 1982, John formed his For-Profit Corporation, Lake Region Office Supply Inc., (LROS) to sell and distribute office supplies and office systems furniture.  In 1990, the corporation was admitted into the United States 8(a) small business program; and, during the nine years in the program, LROS opened and operated a retail outlet, and an office supply/gift store in the Federal McNamara Building, located in downtown Detroit, serving 5,000 employees and hundreds of government agencies, in addition to daily walk-in traffic from the general public.  At the same time, LROS serviced contracts, shipped, and installed products nationally.  John Grier is an ordained minister and the President and CEO of Citizens for Better Living Inc., a Non-Profit Housing Corporation which he founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, incorporated in 1979. His organization recently completed a $2.3 million renovation of the building with a loan from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  He obtained his B.A .and Master of Divinity degrees from Andrews University.  He also received Small Business Education, level III Executive Training at Dartmouth College.

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