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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
The owner of Painting by Jeff has worked for 30 years to carve out a niche in the community.
In late January, Jeffrey Kimbrel was honored by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center as its 2014 Giant Among Giants recipient, an award that recognizes his commitment and exceptional contributions to the Grand Rapids community. Read More
Calder Group founder seeks to help shape public policy and infuse clients’ interests at all levels of government.
Think of Jared Rodriguez as a policy wonk who has a soft spot for a certain city in Michigan. Read More
In the 20 years since Marge Palmerlee has been involved with the center, it has turned into a different place altogether.
“I just want you to know that I’m going to commit suicide tonight.” Read More
Chris Muller was reluctant to move back to Grand Rapids but is discovering a wealth of opportunities here.
Grand Rapids has a lot to offer; sometimes it just takes a little bit of uncovering. Read More
The new CEO of Genzink Steel is a survivor of Michigan’s auto industry — and a ballroom dance instructor.
John Maxson, a ballroom dancing expert who owns a dance instruction studio, decided early on in his life that he was never going to work in a factory. Read More
Educating and developing future audiences is high on the list for Executive Director Anne Berquist.
Anne Berquist joined Opera Grand Rapids in December as executive director following the nonprofit’s national search to replace outgoing executive director Michael Havlicek, who retired in June. Read More
Charlie Wondergem melds family, business and charitable giving in his definition of success.
Throughout West Michigan are hundreds of children battling chronic and terminal diseases who have been given stuffed bears as a source of comfort. Read More
Michigan is one of the few states that don’t require licensing for environmental consultants.
When Joe Berlin looks at you, he doesn’t just see a person, a framework of colors and shapes. He sees equations. Read More
Mark C. Lewis brings varied experiences to his role as executive director of Neighborhood Ventures.
The journey he took to become executive director of Neighborhood Ventures wasn’t a direct path. In fact, there were a few twists and turns along the way — which he thoroughly enjoyed. Read More
The executive director of Meijer State Games of Michigan loves his job — unless the Olympic Games comes calling.
At 32, many professionals are thinking about their next career move. Read More