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About Jim Saalfeld

Jim Saalfeld, 51, is an accomplished and well-rounded company executive, attorney and small business owner, who holds numerous leadership positions within the community, his profession and the Republican Party.

Jim graduated from Northwestern Law School, and currently serves on the University’s Alumni Board for West Michigan. He is a long-time member of the Kent County GOP where he served as its Treasurer from 2006-2010. In addition to his positions with the County, Jim holds various leadership roles within the community including: Chair of the Kent Hospital Finance Authority; Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation of West Michigan; Board member of the Grand Rapids Township Economic Development Corporation; and Board member of the Northwestern University Alumni Club of West Michigan. Jim is a hearing panelist for the Michigan Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Board and is a Fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation. Jim has been a precinct delegate, a delegate to numerous Republican County Conventions, and was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Higher Education Facilities Commission. Jim is a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Ada. Jim enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and is an active member of numerous community organizations. A brief bio of Jim is found below.

Professional Experience

CHURCH EXTENSION FUND (2016 - Present)

  • Chief Executive Officer of a large Lutheran non-profit that provides affordable loans to buy, build, expand and equip churches, schools and other facilities.

BISSELL HOMECARE INC. (2013 - 2016)

  • Director and in-house legal counsel for the top-selling floor care brand headquartered in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

SAALFELD & STEWART PLLC (2009 - 2013)

  • Founder of law firm focused on assisting small and medium-sized companies with day-to-day legal and management issues.

MERITAGE HOSPITALITY GROUP INC. (1996 - 2008)
  • Vice President & General Counsel for company that operates 65 restaurants, employs 2,500, and serves more than ten million customers annually.

DYKEMA GOSSETT LAW FIRM (1992 - 1996)
  • Associate attorney for one of Michigan's largest law firms. Practice in complex litigation and business matters.

Community Involvement and Affiliations

  • Elected - Kent County Commissioner for District 11
  • Elected - Chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners (present)
  • Elected - Vice Chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners (2013 - 2015)
  • Past Chair - Kent County Finance & Physical Resources Committee
  • Past Chair - Kent County Legislative & Human Resources Committee
  • Chair - Kent Hospital Finance Authority
  • Member - Grand Rapids Township Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Past Member - Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
  • Board of Directors - Arthritis Foundation of West Michigan
  • Board of Directors - Northwestern University Alumni Club of West Michigan
  • Board of Directors - Michigan Lutheran Church Extension Fund (2003 - 2015)
  • Interviewer - Northwestern University Law School Admissions
  • Member - St Matthew Lutheran Church - Ada
  • Elected - Grand Rapids Township Trustee (2007 - 2011)
  • Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission (2004 - 2007)
  • Appointed by Governor Engler - Michigan Higher Education Facilities Commission (2001 - 2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member - Michigan State Bar
  • Member - Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Supreme Court - Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panelist
  • Member - Fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation
  • Michigan Bar - District Character and Fitness Committee (2005 - 2010)
  • Michigan Bar Committee on United States Courts (1999 - 2008)