Director of Operations
Jon is responsible for operations and financial planning of the organization. This includes all fiscal management and new business development, as well as human resources and systems’ management. He has recently refocused his consulting business to include environmental non-profits — serving as Community Engagement Director for the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance. He moved his business consulting business from Los Angeles to West Michigan ten years ago. He is a frequent volunteer and free-lance producer for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids.
Helmrich has enjoyed a 25-year career in the television business including work with Food Network, HBO, E!, and AMC Networks with a specialty in developing new revenue streams and growth opportunities overseas. A Michigan native, he is proud to have returned to see the economic growth and environmental activism of West Michigan flourish.
He holds a BA in Communications from George Washington University in Washington, DC and an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University. He resides in Saugatuck and has served on the boards of the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and is very active in local development, preservation, and politics.