Finalists For Newsmaker Of Year

January 9, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Business Journal will confer its Newmaker of the Year award at noon today during the Economic Club luncheon.

The nominees for the award are:

  • Alticor, for its move into nutritional genomics

  • The opening of the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences, remaking regional health education

  • The Right Place Inc., for its Manufacturers Council white paper

  • Riviera Tool Co., for showing how to compete successfully on a sharply sloping playing field

  • The completion, grand opening and first convention at DeVos Place

  • Richard Whitmer, CEO of Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield, for winning small business health insurance legislative reform

  • Jack Buchanan and his Gallium Group LLC, for undying persistence in their Calder Plaza hotel proposal

  • Keith Brophy, of Sagestone Consulting, and Robertson Research Institute of Saginaw, for delivering the promise of top-flight medical care for all humanity

  • Spectrum Health's CEO Rick Breon for bringing attention to Medicaid under-funding and its private sector consequence

  • Congressman Peter Hoekstra, R-Holland, for a legislative victory that should open federal procurement to the private sector.

The luncheon is in the Ambassador Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza.

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