Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • William G. Currie

    Chairman of the Board
    Universal Forest Products, Inc.
    William G. Currie is Chairman of the Board of Universal Forest Products. He joined our company in 1971, and has served as a salesman, general manager, vice president and executive vice president. He was the chief executive officer of our company from 1989 to 2006, and on Jan. 1, 2000, also became vice chairman of the board. On April 19, 2006, he was named chairman of the board and served as an employee with the executive chairman title until he retired on July 20, 2009. Mr. Currie served on the board of Forestar Real Estate Group Inc. from 2008 to 2016. He has been a director of Universal Forest Products since 1978.
    • Joan A. Budden


      Joan A. Budden (57) has been President and CEO of Priority Health, based in Grand Rapids, MI, since January 2016. Prior to that, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for Priority Health when she joined the company in 2009. Ms. Budden serves on the board of Independent Bank Corporation and a number of community and business organizations.

      Ms. Budden has more than 25 years of health insurance experience and has held a number of leadership and executive management positions in the health insurance industry. Her experience in a highly competitive and regulated industry that is undergoing significant change as well as her marketing expertise and leadership skills make her an important contributor to the Board.

      • Benjamin McLean

        Benjamin McLean joins the board with more than 20 years of wide-ranging business experience that includes transportation and logistics, as well as technology systems and strategy. Mr. McLean joined Iowa-based Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc. in 2007 and was named to his current role of CEO in 2015. He serves as a board member for a number of community and industry organizations, including the Iowa Business Council and American Transportation Research Institute.
        • Bruce A. Merino

          Bruce A. Merino retired from The Home Depot in 2009, after 25 years with the company. At the time of his retirement, he was senior vice president of merchandising and president of The Home Depot’s Expo Design Center. Mr. Merino sits on the City of Hope’s Home Improvement Board Council and is its chair. He has been a director of Universal Forest Products since 2009, is Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee, and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
          • Matthew J. Missad

            Chief Executive Officer
            Matthew J. Missad is Chief Executive Officer of Universal Forest Products, a position to which he was appointed on July 13, 2011. From 1996 to 2011, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, in addition to serving on the boards of subsidiary entities, including international partnerships. Mr. Missad has been on the board of Independent Bank Corporation since October 2014, and serves on its Compensation Committee. He has been a director of Universal Forest Products since 2011.
            • Thomas W. Rhodes

              Thomas W. Rhodes is President and Chief Executive Officer of TWR Enterprises, Inc. of Corona, CA, a company he formed in 1984, which is the largest framing contractor in Southern California. Mr. Rhodes has served as a board member of the California Framing Contractors Association, Building Industry Association - Orange County, and the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors - Orange County/Inland Empire. Mr. Rhodes has been a director of Universal Forest Products since 2012, and serves on its Audit Committee and Personnel and Compensation Committee.
              • Mary E. Tuuk

                Ms. Tuuk became Chief Compliance Officer/Senior Vice President, Properties and Real Estate for Meijer, Inc., a regional retail chain, on March 4, 2018. She has been with Meijer as Chief Compliance Officer since July 2015. She was executive vice president of corporate services, and secretary of the board of directors, for Fifth Third Bancorp of Cincinnati, OH until she joined Meijer, Inc. Ms. Tuuk also served as president of Fifth Third Bank (Western Michigan), where she had leadership responsibility for the growth and strategic direction of major lines of business. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief risk officer for Fifth Third Bancorp from June 2007 to December 2011. She was named one of the "25 Women to Watch in Banking" by the American Banker magazine each year from 2008 to 2014. She serves on the boards of a variety of civic and charitable organizations. Ms. Tuuk has been a director for Universal Forest Products since 2014, and serves on its Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
                • Brian C. Walker


                  Brian C. Walker (57) joined the private equity firm of Huron Capital in January 2019 as Partner-Strategic Leadership. He retired as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Herman Miller, Inc. of Zeeland, MI in 2018, and previously served as its chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Mr. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as the lead director and chairs the Compensation Committee of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. He also serves on the boards of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., Gentex Corporation, and serves the boards of a number of community organizations. He served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch from 2009 to 2012.

                  Mr. Walker is a financial expert, as defined by the SEC. His experience and expertise in finance, international business, executive compensation, strategic development, and organizational and human resource matters are valuable to the Company. His experience enables him to make valuable contributions to Board discussions concerning the Company’s strategy and operations, and his education, expertise, and experience in accounting and compensation matters provide a unique benefit as a member of our Board.

                  • Michael G. Wooldridge

                    Michael G. Wooldridge is a Partner with the law firm of Varnum LLP headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He joined Varnum in 1985, and is a partner in the firm's corporate practice team, focusing on corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wooldridge has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2005. He also serves on the boards of several community organizations. Mr. Wooldridge joined the board of directors of Universal Forest Products in 2016, and serves on its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and its Personnel and Compensation Committee.