Bridgett VanDerhoff

Appletree/Gilden Woods

Bridgett VanDerhoff is the CEO and founder of AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool. She attended Davenport University and has an associate's degree plus two years of study in accounting and small business management. The company that she started over 20 years with her now-deceased husband currently operates 26 schools in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Metro Detroit areas with plans to open their first out-of-state location in North Carolina this August. Among many accolades the company was named, in June 2019, by Michigan Celebrates as one of “Top 50 Small Businesses to Watch”. In June 2015, Bridgett was named EY Entrepreneur of The Year® for the Education and Training Category in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region.