John Meilner leads the team that is responsible for the direct and fund investment activities of 42 North Partners.
John is a Founder and Managing Director of Bridge Street Capital Partners, LLC, an investment management firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bridge Street Capital manages a private equity growth capital fund. Prior to Bridge Street Capital, John served seven years as Managing Director in the Investment Banking group of McDonald Investments, Inc. (later acquired by KeyCorp) focused on traditional merger and acquisitions advisory services as well as private capital transactions. Prior to joining McDonald, John spent thirteen years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving the last two years as Partner.
John is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Drake University and a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
In addition to the portfolio company boards, John serves on the Board of Directors of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation and Insite Capital. John has previously served on numerous other community boards including Heart of West Michigan United Way, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Junior Achievement, City of East Grand Rapids Planning Commission, Resource Development Council of the Van Andel Institute, and the Grand Rapids Jaycees. John is also a mentor within the Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.