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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
A family legacy in home construction put Emily Siebert on the path toward leading the home builders association.
She is perfectly at home with residential construction. It’s in her blood, having been handed down to her from her family. Read More
Ryan McFall, computer science department chair, is keeping pace with new technology at OST.
Open Systems Technologies’ “Intern Ryan” is quite possibly one of the most educated and experienced interns you’ve never heard of. Read More
Out of a job and unsure of his next steps, Ben Darcie turned to an old friend: beer.
When Ben Darcie decided to leave his kitchen job at Electric Cheetah last year, he had no leads for a new job. Read More
This time, Bill Manns’ new job — president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s — does not involve a turnaround.
Maybe by now, Bill Manns’ mother is OK with the fact that he didn’t become a doctor. Read More
Dirk Hoffius had a vision for the Grand River and downtown that took 20 years to come to fruition.
This year Dirk Hoffius was honored with the Community Foundation Philanthropy Award from the Council of Michigan Foundations. The award acknowledges a living individual or couple for service as both volunteer trustee and donor to help grow community philanthropy in Michigan on behalf of one or more community foundations. Read More
Establishing Elves & More West Michigan and helping form Grand River Bank keep Liz Bracken engaged in the community.
There are low-income children in Grand Rapids whose lives are brighter because Elizabeth “Liz” Bracken didn’t want her two daughters to think Christmas centered only on amassing as many gifts as possible. Read More
Manuel Brenes rides herd on Latino students to help them reach their full potential.
Manuel Brenes remembers the rope burns on his father’s hands, the result of roping cattle while on a cattle drive. Read More
Marissa Iacovoni left Grand Rapids after high school but dreams of returning to start her own hospitality commercial firm.
Marissa Iacovoni’s journey to having a successful interior design career began in Grand Rapids, her home city, and then took her all over the world. Read More
Jamiel Robinson stays active mentoring Grand Rapids' youth and local black business owners.
Jamiel Robinson is a busy man who is trying to make a difference in the community, but someday he hopes to live up to the example set by his grandfather. Read More
Artist and teacher Paul Amenta has found his passion: filling empty, unused buildings with temporary art exhibits.
Paul Amenta believes in creating his own opportunities. As an assistant professor at Kendall College of Art & Design, he tries to instill that lesson in his students. Read More