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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
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
The president of the MiEIBC has been a member of the Michigan House and previously worked on campaigns here and in Scotland.
For a guy who isn’t 40 yet, the president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council seems to already have been there and done that. Read More
As managing director of Actors’ Theatre, Kyle Los will use his business development experience to engage local businesses.
In November, Kyle Los joined Actors’ Theatre as managing director. Read More
Elizabeth Schenk left a job in corporate communications to run her award-winning business full time.
Elizabeth Schenk might still be working in corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc. had it not been for a business venture that progressively blossomed. Read More
David Levitt, co-founder of Third Coast Development, has made it a point to learn something from everyone he’s worked for.
David Levitt is creating his legacy in the local real estate industry by being somewhere in the balance between being the smartest and the nicest guy in a room. Read More