'The Newsmakers of the Year' breakfast event (sold out)

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On January 29, 2014, the Business Journal will award 10 'Newsmakers' from 30 individual finalists selected by our editorial team at an all new breakfast awards and networking event. One Newsmaker will then be named GRBJ's 2013 Newsmaker of the Year.

Here are our 2013 Newsmaker finalists, each will be profiled in a special magazine supplement to the January 27, 2014, issue of the Business Journal.:

Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide
Joseph Papa, Perrigo
John Sammut, Firstronic

Real Estate and Development
Derek Coppess, 616 Development
Mike VanGessel, Rockford Construction
John Wheeler, Orion Construction

Dick DeVos, Regional Air Alliance West Michigan/Southwest Airlines
Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash
Dave Engbers/Mike Stevens, Founders Brewing

Health Care
Rick Breon, Spectrum Health
Mike Faas, Metro Health
Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed

Tom Kyros, Varnum Law
Don LeDuc, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Ric Roane, Warner Norcross and Judd

Dan Behm, Open Systems Technologies
Aaron Schaap, The Factory
Ryan Vaughn, Varsity News Network

Sports/Arts & Entertainment
Bryan Baar, Elite Baseball/Softball Training
Dan DeVos, Grand Rapids Griffins
Rick DeVos, ArtPrize

Elissa Hillary, Local First
Bridget Clark Whitney, Kids’ Food Basket
Wendy Wigger, Gilda’s Club/LaughFest

Brian Harris, Downtown Development Authority
Birgit Klohs, The Right Place
Kara Wood, Economic Development Authority/Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

David Eisler, Ferris State University/Kendall College of Art and Design/UICA
Thomas Haas, Grand Valley State University
Robert Landeros, Western Michigan University/Starting Gate

The first-ever GRBJ IMPACT AWARD will be presented to Start Garden, selected by our editorial team for 2013 as the organization/project having the greatest long-term economic impact on the region.  

Breakfast awards and networking event: 
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
January 29, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Event is now sold out!

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m.
Stage presentation begins at 8:30 a.m.


Thanks to our sponsors:

 Mary Free Bed             Consumers Energy         Custer, Inc.

Rockford Construction          SpartanNash         
Metro Health


Business Leaders For Michigan           Spectrum Health     KCAD

                            Cooley Law School      Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

Contact sponsor@grbj.com to learn more about our sponsorship packages and rates.

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