Kenneth J. Van Tuinen is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of West Michigan Uniform, Inc.
Ken had served as CEO since 1985 when his father Gordon, founder of West Michigan Uniform, Inc., retired. Ken has worked for West Michigan Uniform, Inc. full time since 1974 and part time from 1963 to 1974 in various capacities but mainly in administration, finance, and operations.
Ken was born in 1952 in Grand Rapids Michigan and moved to Holland in 1963 when his Dad purchased what was then called West Michigan Laundry and Dry Cleaners. Ken graduated from Ferris State University summa cum laude in June of 1974 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. The excitement of being in business, the challenges of leadership, the opportunity to work with his Dad and brother and eventually his nephews and son, and his desire to be an entrepreneur were fundamental reasons for Ken remaining a part of West Michigan Uniform, Inc. Through Ken’s leadership, the sales efforts of his brother Tom, and devoted employees West Michigan Uniform, Inc. grew from $300,000 in yearly sales to over $7 million in 2008.
His passion for the business is to see that those who follow him make the organization even more successful financially and that they sustain the values that the company was founded upon- excellence, integrity, and honesty.
Currently Ken’s focus for the future will be to continue to nurture relationships with key customers, to continue the succession and ownership plans, and to chair the Board of Directors of West Michigan Uniform, Inc.
Ken previously served on the boards of Holland Youth for Christ and Bridge to Life Ministries of Muskegon.
When not working at West Michigan Uniform, Inc. Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and family, golfing, reading, and guiding men to become men, to pursue God, and to finish the Christian life strong.
Ken married his wife Jean in 1981. They have one son, two daughters, and two grandsons.