Mr. TenBrink graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University (CMU). Prior to his current position as the Director of Operations for Waséyabek Development Company, LLC, Mr. TenBrink served on the WDC Board of Directors from 2014-2015. He also currently serves on the Whitehall School District Board of Education.
Mr. TenBrink opened his first business in 2005 as a chemical distributor, serving most of Michigan. As President of the company, James successfully grew the distribution business into four other ancillary businesses. After downsizing the operation in 2012, his focus became the manufacturing operation and mentoring young entrepreneurs in West Michigan. With first-hand expertise gained managing a multi-million dollar corporation, Mr. TenBrink has experience with mergers, acquisitions and start-ups. He also brings a proven track record in business planning, cash flow management, product development and resource allocation.
Mr. TenBrink is a Tribal member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHPB) and father to three Tribal Members. He has been happily married since 2000 and enjoys coaching soccer, fishing and spending time on the water with his family.