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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Debra Van Hevele worked her way from teller window to corporate suite on the strength of lasting relationships.
Working as a part-time teller at her local Comerica Bank after high school, Debra Van Hevele never thought she would make a career out of it. Read More
As associate state director of community outreach with AARP, Jennifer Muñoz advocates for senior initiatives.
While Jennifer Muñoz may not have set out to work with seniors, after spending seven years in the industry in various capacities, Munoz said she absolutely loves it. Read More
GR actor has a part in ‘Batman v Superman,’ but he can’t say a word about it.
Ralph Lister is about to become one of Grand Rapids’ most high-profile actors, thanks to a mysterious role in the upcoming Michigan-made blockbuster “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” set to be released in March. Read More
A timely encounter put contractor on the right path for Grand Rapids’ burgeoning beverage industry.
Mark Schaafsma was having drinks at Bar Divani one day nearly a decade ago and started up a chance conversation with a fellow patron. Read More
As owner of The Apartment Lounge, Bob Johnson maintains its welcoming atmosphere, as well as its generous philanthropy.
Last week Bob Johnson celebrated three years as owner of The Apartment Lounge, one of only two LGBT bars remaining in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More
Les Brand focuses on finding solutions to help companies expand their distribution globally.
Les Brand, chief executive officer at Supply Chain Solutions, considers his biggest career break walking away from a chance to sail around the world with Wally Stenhouse during the Whitbread Round the World race after finishing school in 1974. Read More
Successful businessman Javier Olvera wants to serve as a business bridge to the local Hispanic community.
Remember the name Javier Olvera. Read More
Meritage’s director of chef-casual dining has traveled the country turning operations into the best eateries they can be.
Joe Floyd likes a challenging restaurant guest. Read More
Urban Roots serves as a platform for education and empowerment through urban agriculture.
Levi Gardner is trying to raise $1 million to make his dream for his urban agriculture venture, Urban Roots, a reality. Read More
Community Foundation for Muskegon County’s president works to engage philanthropists to improve the lives of the community.
Chris McGuigan, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, has been involved in the community ever since moving to West Michigan to practice law, after graduating from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington. Read More