Paul Vander Heide
Paul graduated from Hope College in Holland in 2000 with a BA in Business Administration and Economics. Upon graduation, he worked in the automotive and food manufacturing industries, as well as his family’s business, Holland American Wafer until 2005.
Paul and his wife Amanda, started Vander Mill in 2006. What started as a small and regionally distributed product, the Vander Mill hard cider brand quickly gained a strong customer base and the production facility needed to expand in 2012. Greater regional distribution demanded further growth, and a new production facility and tap room was opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2016. Today, Vander Mill distributes to Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and most recently Wisconsin.
Paul is also a member of the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) and has been elected to the board of directors where he serves on the executive committee as the board’s secretary. He also sits on the finance and Cider Con committees.
Paul went on to initiate the creation of the Michigan Cider Association (MCA) in 2015, and is currently this organization’s President. MCA is a growing professional organization with over 25 hard cideries in the Great Lakes State. MCA’s mission is showcasing the best in Michigan products, namely apples, within the growing craft beverage industry of hard cider.
Paul, Amanda and their three daughters can frequently be found spending time together at Vander Mill, at the pool where the girls love to swim, or taking a well-deserved break somewhere warm (when Michigan winters demand and escape to some place sunny). When not at Vander Mill, Paul enjoys skiing, travel and all things technology related. Although Paul is known as an easy going and jovial guy, he hopes you will forgive his aggressive and over the top demeanor if you ever challenge him to a game of ping pong (you have been warned!).