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Smither, James

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Frey, David G.

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David Frey is chairman of the Frey Foundation, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based family foundation. He discusses his early life, education, service as an officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and work as chairman and CEO of Union Bank, now part of J.P. Morgan Chase. He discusses how his parents established the Frey Foundation and how they inspired their children to participate in the community. He shares how he and his siblings built the foundation and how they are involving the next generation. He discusses the foundation’s focus areas and outcome-based philanthropy. He discusses his service with the United Way and Grand Rapids Community Foundation, partnerships with other foundations, fundraising for universities, co-chairing the capital campaign for the Seidman Business School, and establishment of the Frey Foundation Chair at the Johnson Center. As one of the founders of the Grand Vision Committee, which became Grand Action, he was interested in building a convention center and arena with a promise of employing those living in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

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