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Downtown Market elects board members

January 16, 2018
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Lisa Cooper
Lisa Cooper. Courtesy Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has elected five new board members.

The market announced its selections this month and said the new members will serve three calendar-year terms, beginning this month.

The new board members represent various industries: Lisa Cooper, HR Collaborative partner; Brian Harris, Green Collar Farms founder; Tim Schowalter, Pioneer Construction president and CEO; Dr. Doug Apple, Spectrum Health Delivery System chief medical officer; and Brian Behler, JW Marriott general manager.

“There’s no shortage of passionate and skillful community leaders here in Grand Rapids, and we’re fortunate to welcome five outstanding individuals to our board of directors this year,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO, Downtown Market.

“These community trailblazers will help us advance our mission to offer dynamic food-centered experiences, education and entrepreneurship opportunities dedicated to a healthier community and economy.”

Board composition

The board’s bylaws allow for no fewer than 10 and no more than 12 members. It currently has 10 members, four of which are officers, with the immediate past chair also currently holding the office of treasurer.

Officers include Doug Small, chair (elected in 2011 and subsequently re-elected), Charlie Secchia, vice chair (2016), Schowalter, secretary (2018) and John Green, treasurer and immediate past chair (2011).

Melissa DeVos (2011) and Dante Villarreal (2017) also currently serve as board members.

Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a $30-million, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and agriculture.

It incorporates entrepreneurial and test kitchen space and includes a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants.

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