John G. Baab
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Trustee

June 6, 1988 through Present
Served as Assistant Treasurer 1988-1989; Served as Treasurer 1989-2006

John Baab has served on the Investment and Finance Committee and Executive Committee of the Foundation for 29 years. John has served as President of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation, as well as Chairman of its Nominating Committee and a member of its Investment Committee. John is a Past Chairman of The Economic Club of Grand Rapids. He also served as Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business during its accreditation. In addition, John has served on the Boards of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Grand Rapids Community Foundation Investment Committee. John was an Executive Committee member of Grand Action during the building of the Van Andel Arena.

John received his BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. John, a CPA, later served on the University of Michigan’s Paton Accounting Center Advisory Board. After graduation, John joined the accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst (later named Ernst & Young) serving in four of their offices. He is married to Janet Baab and they have four sons and daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

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Trustee John Baab (left) chats with US Army Sergeant First Class Alvy Powell and Gina Powell (seated) at the Foundation Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on June 1, 2009. (Photo Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation)

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