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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Frank Peterson, a native of Flint, is the Port City’s first new city manager in 19 years.
Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More
Matt Slagle of TowerPinkster has some big projects under his belt, including several area high school renovations.
In June, design architect Matt Slagle will be presented with the 2014 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award at the national organization’s annual conference in Chicago. Read More
Brewster Hamm, president and CEO of Senior Meals, is energized by people, projects and worthy goals.
Brewster Hamm knows there are a number of for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations squirming in a mire of problems that threaten their future. Read More
Andrea Benyovszky, a special needs teacher from Hungary, works to expand conductive education in the United States.
The accent is what most people notice first about Andrea Benyovszky. Read More
A star on social media, the founder of Status Creative aims to take his company to the next level.
Jeff Barrett thrives on being an extrovert and forming relationships, yet he’s possibly best known for his Twitter handle. Read More
Leslie F. King, a victim of human trafficking/sexual exploitation, is now helping other women and girls escape to a better life.
It has been cynically called “the oldest profession” but, in reality, it is one of the most brutal and dehumanizing forms of slavery ever practiced. Read More
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