McInerney Joins CAA Board

March 26, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed local attorney Gary McInerney to the Convention and Arena Authority, a seven-member panel that operates DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena.

“Gary and his family have been integrally involved in moving Grand Rapids forward for years. His expertise and passion on the Convention and Arena Authority will help continue Grand Rapids’ exciting growth and development,” said the governor.

An East Grand Rapids resident, McInerney is president and principal of the McInerney Law Offices in downtown Grand Rapids, which opened in 1973. In addition to his law practice, McInerney has been involved in the renovation of downtown buildings for decades.

“I’m very grateful to the governor and I look forward to the challenge,” said McInerney.

Sue Waddell, CAA administrative manager, told the Business Journal that McInerney would be sworn in on April 28, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board.

“I spent some time talking with John Logie yesterday and we’re going to go through a walk-through on the legal side and the physical-plant side next Friday, and I’ll be at the next meeting,” said McInerney.

Logie, a former three-term mayor, chairs the CAA. Other members of the board are Lew Chamberlin, Clif Charles, Steven Heacock, Birgit Klohs, and Joe Tomaselli.

McInerney succeeds David Frey, whose four-year term expired last month. Frey, however, is expected to continue to serve on the CAA Building Committee.

Granholm appointed McInerney to a four-year term that expires on Feb. 29, 2008.           

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