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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Bob Bernhardt, who also has roles with the Louisville and Chattanooga symphonies, was drawn to GR by its vibrant atmosphere.
Grand Rapids Symphony goers will recognize the organization’s new principal pops conductor when the 2015-2016 season begins later this year. Read More
The YWCA’s programs for victims of sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence have engaged Carla Blinkhorn for 30 years.
Carla Blinkhorn is not afraid of a challenge and fearlessly strives to improve the initiatives at YWCA West Central Michigan. Read More
Jim Crank is happy to have joined the craft brewing scene; now he’s looking for more space in Grand Rapids.
In the 1990s, Jim Crank spent a lot of time thinking about craft beer. Read More
Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More
A short-lived career in journalism after college led Randy Boileau into the finance industry and the field of communications.
A couple of key words that come up repeatedly when Randy Boileau speaks about his past and future are “storytelling” and “interesting,” both of which are also good words to describe Boileau. Read More
Community involvement and customer service are key ingredients for Second Floor Bakery owner.
Business owner, foster mom and baker extraordinaire Katie Webster adds a sweet creative flair to the Holland community. Read More
Journalistic, religious and advocacy roots led Heartside Ministry director into nonprofits.
About once a day, red and blue flashes stream through Andy DeBraber’s office window overlooking Division Avenue in Heartside. Read More
COO Craig Smith used his food service experience to successfully blend a mix of private golf courses and public eateries.
In the early 1980s, Craig Smith had a fortuitous encounter with a recruiter. Read More