JOHN VANZEE

John has spent his life dreaming…about places to see, people to meet, and things to do.  With a high level of energy and a “can do” spirit, John found early career success in sales and marketing during a long stint with a leading manufacturer in the building materials world.  In 2002, his entrepreneurial juices flowing, John bought a small wood products manufacturer in suburban Grand Rapids.  Until its sale in 2012, growth under John’s leadership was nearly 8 fold.  Late in 2014, eager to again be part of a creative and energetic team, John invested in Studio Wise with his long-time friend Eric Lanning, joining founder Troy Bosworth.

John and his wife, Sue, both natives of Grand Rapids, have been married for more than 35 years.  They love travel and continue to check off as well as add to their list of dream destinations.  They also enjoy escaping during the summer to an island cottage off the upper peninsula of Michigan.  Home base is now a downtown GR condo where they are discovering the excitement and vibrancy of urban living.  John is a life-long boater; both an avid racing sailor and pleasure powerboater.  Committed to skiing and snowboarding until “I can no longer walk,” the mountains still call in the winter.   

John's drive to learn and play in this world allows for a unique form of leadership which inspires those around him.