The TRG team includes veteran chief development officers, grant writers, annual fund experts, prospect researchers and fundraising database professionals. In addition to the core team listed below, our deep relationships in the fundraising community allow us to bring in additional specialists in order to tailor a fundraising plan to our clients’ needs.

Peter Remington
Founder & CEO
Peter G. Remington created The Remington Group in 1995 as a full-service consulting firm in order to provide strategic partnerships and expertise in various philanthropic areas. Remington also recognized the need for a new type of fundraising organization that would be local in proximity and national in scope. The firm he envisioned would combine the agility, contacts and prospect knowledge of the local firm with the expertise, range of services and organizational resources offered by the traditional national firm. The resulting organization brings together many years of successful fundraising experience, exceptional capacity to help clients learn and implement fundraising practice and an unequalled access to contacts in the corporate, foundation and individual donor communities on a regional and national basis. Over the years, the firm has assisted its clients in raising close to $4 billion. Clients range from health care, human service organizations, universities, cultural and arts organizations, a major education and scholarship initiative promoted by the Governor of Michigan, and civic projects and events such as the Final Four and the Frozen Four at Ford Field and Detroit’s Tri-Centennial, to name a few. On the national level, clients have included the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC, Project Lead The Way, Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, Worldwide Shelters, and currently the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. Remington, an industry leader celebrating over 40 years of philanthropy related experience, served in several key leadership positions prior to creating The Remington Group. His experience includes tenure as the Vice President of External Relations at the University of Detroit, Chief Development Officer with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Unit Director for the United Foundation. Peter is recognized throughout the country not only for his rare ability to take traditional fundraising practices and mold them into creative and customized strategies, but also for his extreme passion for philanthropy and his fundamental desire to deliver superior service to his clients. Remington is known for both his skill as a fundraising professional as well as his true commitment to the community. Over the years, Peter has served on over 40 Boards and Commissions, including the Chairman of Neighborhood Housing Organization as well as personally participated in many efforts to continue the advancement for the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan, especially its children.
David Ripple
President
David Ripple joined The Remington Group in January 2016 after serving as vice president for development at The Ohio State University in Columbus. His responsibilities at Ohio State included oversight of all central fundraising staff during the $2.5 billion But for Ohio State campaign, partnering with the university’s academic leaders and their development teams and collaborating with key volunteer leaders to increase support for the university. While partnering with the advancement leadership team, David helped lead Ohio State to its second largest year in fundraising, raising more than $405 million during fiscal year 2015. He previously worked at Wayne State University for eight years, rising from associate vice president for development to vice president for development and alumni affairs and president of the Wayne State Foundation. Prior to Wayne State, David served as an executive director with CCS Fundraising providing fundraising management and counsel to non-profit clients throughout southeast Michigan including Michigan Opera Theatre, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to name a few. Earlier in his 22-year career in development, David served on the fundraising staffs of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, the American Red Cross in Detroit and Angela Hospice in Livonia. David’s experience as a frontline fund raiser, campaign architect, and strategist with deep knowledge of advancement services and analytics make him a terrific fit to serve our clients and to work with a wide diversity of non-profit organizations. David has degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University and Schoolcraft College. He lives in Plymouth with his wife and two daughters.
Justin Remington
Chief of Staff & Dir. of Operations
Justin oversees the firm’s day to day operations which include communications, client relations and grant writing. He is the point of contact between staff, clients and volunteers in the TRG portfolio. Currently, Justin directly manages the following clients: The Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, Focus: HOPE and the Iron Belle Trail Campaign. Previously, Justin helped manage former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s Active and Safe Campaign, the Greater Flint Community Foundation assisting with the Flint water crisis, the Chaldean Community Foundation, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. He has provided assistance in coordinating projects for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, NCAA’s Frozen Four, Walter P. Chrysler Museum and the Make It Right Foundation. Justin organizes all fundraising events for The Remington Group, ranging from meetings and breakfasts, as well as tours. He provides expertise in prospect research which includes analysis for foundations, corporations and individuals to various TRG clients. In addition, Justin has a wide range of other duties, which includes serving as the firm’s IT specialist, to ensure the company’s continuing success. Justin graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a BA in Communications. Justin recently completed his first year as a mentor in the Leadership OU program.
Carol Lessure
Director, Development Communications
Carol brings a wide variety of experience to TRG. She assists clients involved in economic and technology development, education, social services, recreation and the arts and has served as Development Director for two social service agencies. Prior to working in fundraising, Carol spent a decade working on defense and international policy in Washington DC and seven years promoting small manufacturing competitiveness for a national association. She has expertise in fundraising communications and strategy, grant and proposal writing, matching grants and public-private partnerships. She creates persuasive, donor-centered materials for clients and specializes in fundraising efforts that bring together government investors, private foundations, non-profit organizations and corporate philanthropists. She has secured funding from public sources such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, The State of Michigan, Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Washtenaw County as well as private sources such as the Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Erb Foundation, The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, The Ford Motor Company Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dollar General Foundation, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, Bank of America, Flagstar, Huntington and PNC banks.
Kate Cahill
Senior Consultant
Kate is a nonprofit industry leader with more than 25 years of experience across a number of sectors including health care, conservation, education, social services, national health agencies, faith-based organizations, and the arts. Most recently, she served as executive director of JDRF’s Metro Detroit & Southeast Michigan Chapter partnering with staff and volunteers to exceed fundraising goals each year with special emphasis on expanding the chapter’s major gifts program. Earlier in her career, as Vice President with CCS Fundraising, Kate had the opportunity to direct transformational capital, endowment and comprehensive campaigns for clients such as The Nature Conservancy, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Detroit Public Television, University of Windsor and more. Kate has a thorough understanding of each stage of the development process from an annual operating standpoint, as well as proven success working with clients from campaign conception and planning all the way through to completion and beyond. Kate graduated from Marquette University and makes her home in Birmingham. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, reading, traveling and exploring the great outdoors.
Ambassador
Head of Security
Bass has been with the firm for a few years and currently serves as the Head of Security. Bass’ responsibilities include greeting visitors, accompanying staff to the mailbox, carefully inspecting FedEx deliveries, and consulting with the Head of Hospitality on any security matters. Ambassador graduated in 2012 from the Birmingham Dog Obedience School, where he was the youngest to graduate in his class.
Caesar
Head of Hospitality
Caesar has been working with the Remington Group for the last seven years. As the Head of Hospitality, Caesar prides himself on making visitors and staff feel comfortable in the office, and can often be found near the kitchen to ensure there are plenty of snacks to go around.