WMU News

Greenleaf's Johnston is next business breakfast speaker

March 23, 2005

KALAMAZOO--William D. Johnston, president, director and chairman of the Kalamazoo-based Greenleaf Companies will speak at Western Michigan University Friday, March 25, as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series at the Haworth College of Business.

Johnston, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU, will describe how "Aligning Talent is Critical to Success" in a presentation set for 7:30 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room, Room 2150 of Schneider Hall.

Johnston spent 15 years in education before beginning the Greenleaf Co. in 1991. Today, his companies include Greenleaf Trust, Greenleaf Holdings, Greenleaf Ventures and Greenleaf Capital, and they collectively employ 535 people in Southwest Michigan. Committed to Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan, he has invested substantial capital in downtown Kalamazoo.

Johnston also has served as president of the WMU Foundation for the past four years and serves on a variety of community boards of directors.

Now in its fifth year, the breakfast series is sponsored by Keystone Community Bank. The events offer community members, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other guests an opportunity to discuss important business issues. This year's Keystone meetings have drawn leaders from around West Michigan to examine their triumphs, challenges and strategies for success.

The free event is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center lot.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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