Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess is an experienced developer, community advocate and the founder/managing director of Grand Rapids-based 616 Development. His mission: to inspire community by rehabilitating underutilized urban spaces. Follow Derek on Twitter @derekcoppess or email him at derek at 616development dot com


What are the new ABCs of sales?

June 24, 2013
Ask any real estate agent — or a sales rep in any other field, for that matter — what ABC means, and they'll tell you. Read More

Can we find the lights?

May 24, 2013
As a naturally optimistic and positive person, the tragic events at the Boston Marathon drained my glass — a glass that used to be half full. Read More

Can Grand Rapids stretch to become a model city?

May 6, 2013
Decades ago, our city’s leaders and visionaries dreamt of a Grand Rapids that was far greater than it was at the time. Unfortunately, I was not at those meetings, but I often wonder what those conversations sounded like. Read More