Chamber Hires Lemoine As VP

September 12, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the selection of Mark Lemoine as vice president of Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Lemoine leaves Meijer Inc., where he was the manager of Government Relations, and will now lead the chamber’s advocacy efforts, bringing a wealth of private and public sector experience. He replaces Rusty Merchant, who recently left to join the consulting firm of McAlvey & Associates.

“Mark is no stranger to the chamber,” said GRACC President John Brown. “He served as the chairperson of the chamber’s Public Policy Committee and served as a member of the Steering Committee for the chamber’s Political Action Committee, the Friends of West Michigan Business. We are excited to have all chamber members benefit from Mark’s understanding of business issues at the local, state and federal level.”

Lemoine previously worked as a staff member in the Michigan State Senate, most notably serving two West Michigan senators, former Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus of Alto and Senator Dale Shugars of Portage.

Lemoine was also a field director for former Gov. John Engler during his 1998 re-election campaign. In addition to Meijer, his private sector experience includes a local telecommunications and computer training company where he held sales positions.

“Business is the life-blood of our community. If they are not profitable and thriving, we will all suffer,” Lemoine stated. “I am pleased to carry on the chamber’s long tradition of promoting government policies that establish an environment where businesses can succeed.”           

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