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Metro Council chooses chamber president

May 10, 2013
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Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Baker is the newest member of the Grand Valley Metro Council board.

Council members unanimously selected Baker to fill an at-large seat for the next three years.

“He is a high-quality individual who will add to the board,” said Daryl Delabbio, Kent County administrator and controller.

Delabbio added that eight individuals applied for the post and all were well-qualified candidates.

Baker came to the chamber in March 2011 to replace Jeanne Englehart in the organization’s top post. He came to Grand Rapids from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in Moline, Ill., where he was COO and president. Baker recently spent a year serving on the Kent County Collaboration and Consolidation Work Group and has 25 years of chamber experience.

“Throughout my career I’ve worked closely with every level of government as well as the MPO to advance issues and projects that were critical to the region’s growth,” said Baker. 

“We have begun to build a symbiotic relationship with GVMC, and I believe my service on the GVMC board of directors will only further advance the partnership.”

The GRACC represents 2,700 businesses in the metro area and is the largest business organization in West Michigan.

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