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City looks at Amway Hotel's Richard Winn for downtown development agency

January 7, 2013
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Grand Rapids city commissioners will consider revising the employment contracts for three vital city executives on Tuesday and also replace a former president of the Amway Hotel Corp. on two key city panels with the current president of the Amway Hotel Corp.

City commissioners are all but certain to confirm Mayor George Heartwell’s appointment of Amway Hotel President Richard Winn to fill the vacancies on the city’s Downtown Development Authority and Tax Increment Finance Authority. The openings surfaced when longtime Amway Hotel President Joseph Tomaselli retired a few weeks ago and left the city for his hometown of St. Louis.

Prior to replacing Tomaselli, Winn served as vice president and managing director for Amway’s three downtown hotels: the Amway Grand Plaza,  JW Marriott and Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown.

Winn has also chaired the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association, a group he currently directs. And Winn, a city resident for the past 15 years, has also served on the Green Grand Rapids Committee.

Winn will receive his first personal exposure to the DDA on Wednesday, when the board convenes for its monthly meeting.

Also Tuesday, city commissioners will look into changing a few provisions currently found in the work agreements of City Manager Greg Sundstrom, City Attorney Catherine Mish and City Treasurer Albert Mooney.

Commissioners recently conducted their annual performance evaluations of the trio, who are appointed and not elected to their posts, and their decisions Tuesday will take immediate effect.

Unless something drastic or unexpected happens, Sundstrom, Mish and Mooney will be retained for another year and respectively earn $146,868, $118,003 and $112,484 for 2013.

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