Legacy Trust Adds Global Business and Investment Leader to its Board of Directors


Grand Rapids, Mich. (June 11, 2024) – Legacy Trust, the largest private trust bank headquartered in Grand Rapids, is pleased to announce the appointment of Skot Welch to its Board of Directors. Welch brings a multi-faceted business background that includes working as a global diversity and inclusion strategist, venture capital fund executive, industry thought leader, renowned speaker and author.

Welch is founder and principal of Global Bridgebuilders, a Grand Rapids based firm founded in 2006, focusing on organizational development, cultural transformation and inclusion. The company is comprised of international team members providing services to enterprises throughout the world. He is also co-founder and managing partner of The New Community Transformation Fund, a $25 Million venture capital fund focusing on entrepreneurs of color. Prior to starting Global Bridgebuilders, Welch served as vice president of business development and benchmarking services for Diversity Inc. magazine, where he worked with many Fortune 500 global brands across a broad range of industries.

“Skot’s addition to our Board brings a new level of knowledge and professional experience to our strategic leadership,” said Tracey Hornbeck, president and CEO of Legacy Trust. “We are thrilled to add his global business and investment insight to our firm.”

Welch’s impact transcends the business community. He is an active supporter of education and artistic initiatives. He is the founder of The Mosaic Film Experience, an interactive high school media experience focusing on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and career preparedness on the platform of mobile filmmaking. Welch has also been involved with The Greater Michigan Chapter of the National Black MBA Association and The Belonging Initiative.  

“I am honored to join the other esteemed business leaders on the Legacy Trust Board,” said Skot Welch. “Legacy is a premiere private trust bank that delivers unparalleled financial advice, wealth management counsel and estate planning services. I look forward to working with other Board members to help the firm build on its outstanding reputation.”

Welch is a renowned speaker and published author.  His works include 101 Ways to Enjoy The Mosaic: Creating a Diverse Community Right in Your Own Backyard, Unfractured: A Christ-centered Action Plan for Cultural Change, and Sayings to Inspire You Along the Way (And Maybe Even Change Your Life). He also co-authored Plantation Jesus. The insights shared in these books have served as the foundation for a number of public speaking presentations that Welch has delivered globally.

“The Legacy Trust Board is comprised of many talented business and community leaders who help guide the firm’s strategic vision,” said Steven Heacock, Board Chair. “Skot’s global business experience,  investing insights and his commitment to inclusive practices in all aspects of society will further strengthen our organization.”

Welch and his wife, Barbara, reside in Michigan and have two children. His appointment to the Legacy Trust Board was formally approved on June 6th.