Newsmakers of the Year breakfast event, January 31

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2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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2017 Newsmakers of the Year

The Grand Rapids Business Journal reporting team has determined the top news stories of 2017 — and the people behind the headlines

On January 31, 2018, GRBJ will host a breakfast event and award 16 "Newsmakers" from the following categories. Here are the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year finalists:

Arts & Entertainment
David Hooker, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Rich MacKeigan, SMG
Scott Sprague, Gun Lake Casino

Beverages
Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens, Founders Brewing Co.
Daryn Kuipers, Boxed Water
Jon O’Connor and Kyle Van Strien, Long Road Distillers

Economic Development
Dick DeVos, Grand Action
James Gill, Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Education
Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education
Thomas Haas, Grand Valley State University
Kevin Quinn, Aquinas College

Finance
Stephen Duarte, Kent County
Sandra Jelinski, Lake Michigan Credit Union
David Quade, Horizon Bank

Food
Steve Cooper, Continental Dairy
Herb Herbruck, Herbruck’s Poultry
Rich Wolowski, Gordon Food Service

Health Care
Norman Beauchamp Jr., MSU Grand Rapids Research Center
Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Kevin Lobo, Stryker Corp.

Law
Matt Fenske, Ottawa County
Kevin Lobo, Stryker Corp.
James Saalfeld, Kent County

Manufacturing
Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool Corp.
James Keane, Steelcase Inc.
Kevin Prindable, GE Aviation

Nonprofits/Philanthropy
Jon Ippel, Amplify GR
Scott Jonkhoff, Next Step
Ryan VerWys, Inner City Christian Federation

Real Estate/Construction
Adam Kramer, Switch
Mike VanGessel, Rockford Construction
John Wheeler, Orion Construction

Retail
Hank Meijer, Meijer Inc.
Phil Russo, Russo’s International Market
Robert Schermer Jr., Meritage Hospitality Group

Sports
Dan DeVos, Grand Rapids Griffins
Mike Guswiler, West Michigan Sports Commission
Steve Jbara, Grand Rapids Drive

Startups
Bob Baltera, Cirius Therapeutics
Julie Burrell, Pumpndo
Feliciano Paredes, AgHelp

Sustainability
Dave Koster, Holland Energy Park
Jason Meyer, Blandford Nature Center
Mike VanGessel, Circuit West

Technology
Dan Irvin, 123Net
John Keller, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health
David Van Andel, Van Andel Research Institute

One of these Newsmaker category winners will then be elevated to the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year.

Program Timeline
7:30 - 8:30am
Registration opens; breakfast and networking

8:30 - 9:30am
Awards presentation

 

Breakfast awards and networking event:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Business attire. Free parking available. 
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Contact sponsor@grbj.com for sponsorship information.

 

Sponsored by:

MSU Executive MBA                Comcast Business                     Consumers Energy


       Horizon Bank                       123Net                    Colliers

 

                                 Bradley Company                                    Steelcase

 

 

Floral Sponsor:

                                                                        Simplicity Floral Design & Events


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