Jack vanHartesvelt has had a distinguished career in hotel development and is currently President of Hartland Hotels. A speaker at numerous hotel industry forums and a frequent college lecturer, Jack was voted Outstanding Alumnus in 1982 from Michigan State University's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from which he graduated in 1975. He has spearheaded a number of mission renovation projects, and the hallmark of all of them has been the organization of volunteer workers in a way that enables both skilled and unskilled laborers to come together and completely renovate a building in a few days at a considerably reduced cost. Since 2002, he has executed an extreme makeover of 4 churches, including one in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico and 3 buildings in Seattle, Washington used by local philanthropic organizations. Jack and his family are members of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.