Thirty years ago Steve and Dena Wirt began an entrepreneurial journey when they started an equipment lease/ finance business in a spare bedroom of their home. “We really were not sure how the business would develop or look, but we identified a service we could provide to growing companies and entrepreneurs and it developed from there”, commented Steve Wirt, Chairman and Founder.
The company grew and diversified by creating lease/ finance programs based on client requests and identifying market opportunities and investments with regional partners, to include Covenant Healthcare and Memorial Healthcare. “Partners and associates have been the foundation for our growth and success”, stated Dena Wirt. “For example, Donna Bacigalupo and Dan Bauer have been with the organization for 26 and 24 years respectively”.
A successful philosophy Steve Wirt has used in his career is to identify good partners. In 2005 Steve Wirt and Clarence Rivette began their formal partnership which has provided additional growth and diversification opportunities for the company. “It is a pleasure and privilege to partner with Steve and Dena Wirt and to lead the team at The Wirt-Rivette Group. Our clients and various partners have allowed us to expand the organization to its current five finance and consulting divisions. In fact, Steve and I have experienced that some of our most successful programs and partnerships are the result of clients requesting our assistance in providing them a solution to a challenge or opportunity in their business,” stated Clarence.
The Wirt-Rivette Group provides integrated lease/ financing solutions to businesses around the country. Their integrated programs include: equipment leasing, property financing and development, senior care and housing, as well as business growth and strategy consulting. The group is headquartered in Saginaw, but has offices in Grand Rapids and Chicago.