Allen Switches Roles

May 5, 2008
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GRAND RAPIDS — David Allen, founder and executive director of Lighthouse Communities is leaving that organization to take the position of director of operations of Dr. John’s Candies, a Grand Rapids-based company that makes sugar-free candies.

According to a news release, Allen, who founded Lighthouse Communities in 2000, has helped grow the organization’s development work from $250,000 at its inception to more than $12 million in 2007. In the past five years, Lighthouse Communities has brought more than $25 million in investment to Grand Rapids.

“The growth and success of Lighthouse Communities is a direct reflection of David Allen’s high energy and community-minded entrepreneurial spirit,” said James Jones, Lighthouse Communities’ board chairman.

Lighthouse Communities has begun its search for a new executive director.

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