Dr. James C. Acheson - Chairman and President

As his grandfather was inspirational as an inventor and a protégé of Thomas Edison, so Dr. James Acheson is inspirational as a leader in the arena of community giving. Dr. Acheson ran his family's 90 year-old global specialty chemical firm, Acheson Industries, Inc., for 20 years before establishing a land-development company, Acheson Ventures, LLC. He's a man whose generosity and love of community prompted him to spearhead unprecedented initiatives for the South side of Port Huron, Michigan. Here's the reprint of an editorial in the Times Herald written by Dr. Acheson, describing his attachment to the South side.

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 One of the most impressive projects is a 10-year plan to revitalize a mile long piece of property along the St. Clair River and to enhance the quality of life for residents for generations.

• Chairman and president of the James C. Acheson Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the cultural and economic enhancement of the City of Port Huron, Michigan and Lighthouse Point, Florida.
• Chairman and president of Acheson Ventures, LLC, a land-development company dedicated to the revitalization of the south side of Port Huron, Michigan.
• Recipient of the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy, Michigan's highest honor for an individual whose philanthropic endeavors have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to encourage private action for public good.




Donna M. Niester – Chief Executive Officer

Donna M. Niester is Chief Executive Officer of Acheson Ventures, LLC.  She has been Trustee of the James C. Acheson Foundation since 2000 and also has been with Acheson Ventures since 2000.

Before joining Acheson Ventures, Ms. Niester was a partner in Austin, Niester, Schweihofer & Finnegan PC.  She remains a member of that firm.

Ms. Niester has long been active in the Port Huron community as well as with state-wide organizations.

• Member and Past President of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County
• Member of the Michigan Community Service Commission
• Past Trustee of the McLaren Port Huron Hospital Board of Directors and current
  Chairman of the McLaren Port Huron Hospital Audit Committee


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