After 11 years of hustle in automotive engineering, Jeff Disher started to dream about what it might be like to operate a product development firm that truly made a difference. He was looking for more meaning— a greater purpose. The time was right to take a chance.
In early 2000 with a young family at home, Jeff took that chance. He set up a card table, plugged in his computer, and went to work inside a local conference room in Zeeland, Michigan. Disher Design and Development was born. DISHER’s sweet spot? Delivering product development solutions in a highly collaborative and responsible way. “I wanted my customers to sleep better at night knowing their project was in good hands,” comments Jeff. It worked. Jeff’s unique business model operated like a SWAT team deploying highly talented, experienced professionals to help clients solve any problem, any time. From day one his mission was to Make a Positive Difference with his customers, co-workers, and community. DISHER’s reputation grew as customers enjoyed their personalized experience; they continued to trust the firm with additional projects.
By 2005, Disher Design and Development had 40 employees and moved into the beautifully restored Colonial Clock Building in Zeeland. In 2013, DISHER opened an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was nearing 100 employees. By 2014, the name of the firm was shortened to DISHER as the company’s services organically grew from product development and manufacturing solutions to include talent solutions and business solutions. An Indianapolis office was added in 2016. Today, DISHER has a team of 160 trusted advisors creating Ripples of Influence in a variety of industries at home and abroad. What makes DISHER truly shine is the servant-hearted culture that is constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place.