About

About

About Grand Rapids Whitewater:
Grand Rapids Whitewater is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to revitalizing the Grand River and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand for everyone’s enjoyment. It is our goal to partner with the city and region to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone.

Grand Rapids Whitewater Co-Founders 

Chip Richards (Left) & Chris Muller (Right)
Photo Credit: Sally Finneran | MLive

Chris Muller: President
Chris is the founder and President of M Retail Solutions and co-founder and President of Grand Rapids Whitewater. With more than 23 years of retail real estate experience, he has represented prestigious and notable retailers and landlords on a national, regional, and local level.

Chris has passionatly gatherd community wide support for the Grand River Restoration project from both private and public sectors and devotes countless hours to Grand Rapids Whitewater in addition to his full time job in comercial real estate. Chris serves as President of the Board, represents the project on local, state, and national platforms, and is an instrumental part of the ongoing fundraising and organizational development efforts.

Chip Richards: Vice President
Chip is a co founder and board member of Grand Rapids Whitewater. He is a retired commercial photographer and currently a stay at home dad. After college, he pursued his love of water and the outdoors as a professional fly fishing guide in Michigan and Alaska. Chip is an active volunteer for the National Ski Patrol and West Michigan Mountain Biking Association.

Chip has spent more time than anyone on the team researching the most important biological and ecological issues facing the Grand River. Chip is passionate about “doing what is right for the river” and making the Grand River a better place for the state-threatened Lake Sturgeon.