WM Uniform Leadership Team
Patrick Van Tuinen
Patrick began working at WM Uniform during high school on a part-time basis. After high school he moved to Ann Arbor, where he attended classes at the University of Michigan, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Graduating in 2004, he moved back to the Holland area and began working for WM Uniform full-time as the Office Manager. He enjoyed working with his father Ken for seven years before Ken’s retirement. In 2007, he began attending classes at Grand Valley State University and graduated in 2009 with a Masters in Business Administration. After Ken’s retirement at the end of 2010, Patrick moved into what is now his current role as President. Patrick and his wife, Erin, have four children. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, travel and serving as an elder at Chapel Pointe church. He is thankful for the legacy his grandfather, father and uncle built into the company and enjoys working with so many wonderful people to continue the traditions that the previous generations started.
Mitch Van Tuinen
Vice President of Relationships
Mitch began his time with WM Uniform when he was 14 years old in various part-time positions. After high school, he attended GRCC for two years and finished his degree at Colorado Christian University. Mitch then moved back to Michigan and began his full-time career at WM Uniform as a driver. From there, Mitch moved into a role as a full-time sales professional. Upon his father’s retirement, he took over as Sales Manager and was later promoted to his current position as Vice President of Sales. Mitch is married to Molly and has three boys. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing or simply just spending time with his family. Mitch is also one of the owners of X-Golf Holland. He feels blessed and thankful for all of the relationships he has built with the employees, vendors and customers over his 30-year career with WM Uniform.
Steven Van Tuinen
Vice President of Operations
Steven began working summers at WM Uniform in 1984. He worked sorting linens in the maintenance department and doing route ride along each summer through 1987. After graduating from West Ottawa High School in 1988, he attended Davenport University part-time, earning his associates degree in Business Management while also driving a route in the afternoon. Upon graduating from Davenport, Steven began driving a route full-time. In 1995, he returned to the plant and began managing the production department. This led to his current role as Vice President of Operations. Steven is married to Jennifer and they have a son, Seth, and a daughter, Stevie-Lynn. The family has three dogs and enjoys working on their hobby farm, raising cows, pigs, chicken and goats. Steven also enjoys hunting, fishing and trapping. He takes pride in carrying on the legacy of his grandfather by doing business without a contract. He also enjoys working with his brother and cousin by continuing to build upon what their fathers and grandfather built.
Director of Human Resources
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and began her career at Uniform Color Company, spending time in each functional area of Human Resources before leading the HR team. After becoming the HR Director at UCC, she took on strategic and leadership responsibilities domestically and internationally. She accepted a position of HR Director at PADNOS which gave her significantly different exposure to a new industry, new business model, varying ways to provide value added service, and the complexity of communication across a large organization with many different locations. In July of 2021, she began her role as Director of Human Resources at WM Uniform. Kim has been married for over 25 years and enjoys exploring the world with her husband. She is also aunt to twelve nieces and nephews and is known for being the fashionable, no-nonsense aunt among the group. Kim is excited to partner with a multi-generation, family-owned business and work at a growing organization that can challenge her, value her experience and opinions, and allow her to have a great work life balance.
Director of Service
Mike Gort started with WM Uniform in 2001 as a Customer Service Representative (CSR). He moved into the Account Representative role in 2007 and then into the Service Manager position in 2010. In 2020, he was promoted to Director of Service. He has been on the leadership team since 2010 and enjoys being a part of a growing company. Mike attended Ferris State University and continues his education through training groups with other independent launderers. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with Cindy, his wife of 31 years, and his two grown children, Hannah & Max. During the summer months you can find them with friends & family grilling on the deck & swimming in the pool in their back yard. Mike is also an avid cyclist and belongs to the Cross Country Cycle Race Team. He spends many hours training and one of his biggest accomplishments is riding in the 24 Hour Bike Race held each year in June. Mike recently retired from the Reserve Unit of the Holland Police Department after 10 years of service. He enjoys being a part of a family-owned business and looks forward to helping it grow for many years to come.
Director of Sales
Nate Younglove started with WM Uniform in 2021 as the Director of Sales. Nate is an experienced leader and brings 10+ years of sales leadership experience within the uniform industry. Nate received his Bachelors of Business Administration and Management degree from Salem University in West Virginia. He relocated back to Michigan in 2014 to be closer to family. When he’s not at work, Nate is typically using his spare time to improve his golf game. If he’s not at the golf course, you will catch Nate spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Kelsee. Family is important to Nate and he is excited to part of a team that includes family at the center of all that they do. Nate looks forward to helping the company grow and succeed for many years to come.
Apparel Division Manager
Heather has been a part of the WM Uniform team since 2012 when she began in Order Fulfillment. She transitioned into Inside Sales and also worked as a Sales Assistant. In 2018, she began as the Direct Sales Manager and in 2021 was promoted to the role of Apparel Division Manager. Heather received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Davenport in 2015. In May 2021, she will begin her Masters in Management through Davenport as well and is excited to use what she learns in her new position with the company. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, hiking, camping, cooking and baking. Heather enjoys working with leaders who care about the employees and their families, appreciates WM Uniform’s strong focus on building relationships with customers, and its emphasis on helping employess develop and grow their strengths to use them to the fullest.