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The Right Place names board members

January 21, 2015
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The Right Place names board members
Richard Breon. Courtesy The Right Place

The Right Place has named four business leaders to its board and several officers to lead the governing body.

New officers

The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit in Grand Rapids, said this week that Richard Breon, CEO at Spectrum Health, was elected its board chair for 2015-2016.

The organization also said that it has made other leadership changes for year: Brian Walker, president and CEO at Herman Miller, board vice chair; Sean Walsh, regional president of PNC Bank, board treasurer; and John Hendrickson, EVP of global operations and supply chain at Perrigo Company, appointed executive committee member.

New members

The Right Place also named four people to the board: Dr. Marsha Rappley, dean of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Mark Stiers, president and COO at DTE Gas; Paul McCarthy, president of Rhoades McKee; and Bryan Harrison, supervisor for Caledonia Township.

The new appointments will replace several outgoing members who are retiring this year: George Haga, supervisor for Ada Township; Paul Hillegonds, SVP of corporate affairs at DTE Energy; and Robert Shaver, president of Rhoades McKee.

Board duties

The full 38-member board of directors represents various industries.

The board members oversee the organization’s finances, strategy and policy, while also providing guidance on economic development strategies and issues.

Tim Mroz, VP of marketing and communications at The Right Place, said that board members have several general responsibilities: set the strategic direction of the organization; support and engage in fundraising efforts; selection and management of organization’s CEO; and serve as ambassadors for the organization and the West Michigan business community.

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