Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O'Brien is a former Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who most recently covered startups, economic development, banking and finance, health care, sports business and city government.


Inside Track: And he still isn’t done

Executive director of Alano Club uses personal experience with drug abuse to help those in need of sobriety.

October 13, 2017
When Kevin O’Neill-Boehm tells the story of how he got to the Alano Club of Kent County, he punctuates it with a five-word phrase that becomes more unbelievable with each use. Read More

Health information exchange adds nonprofit

September 19, 2017
A Grand Rapids-based health information exchange provider has added a health care nonprofit under its umbrella. Read More

Inside Track: Wilson is drawn to the executive side of health

Michigan Blood CEO’s first job was running a 100-bed hospital at the age of 25.

September 15, 2017
Jim Wilson comes by his passion for health care honestly. Read More

Spectrum Health rides building boom

Over the last five years, the region’s largest employer has ponied up $160M for construction costs.

September 15, 2017
Ever since the merger of Butterworth Health System and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center two decades ago, a union that eventually would beget the region’s largest employer, Spectrum Health System has been synonymous with West Michigan’s status as a health care destination. Read More

Grand Action leaders shut it down

September 15, 2017
Grand Action Committee co-chairs John Canepa, Dick DeVos and David Frey are retiring from their roles within the organization at the end of the year, effectively sidelining the business-based nonprofit that has been the catalyst for more than $3.5 billion in downtown economic development and was instrumental in Grand Rapids’ growth over the past 25 years. Read More

Dick DeVos: 'Mission accomplished'

September 15, 2017
For Dick DeVos, the Grand Action retrospective starts with a clear, concise two-word phrase. Read More

David Frey: 'Not your grandmother's Grand Rapids'

September 15, 2017
The current strength of private development in Grand Rapids has Grand Action Co-chair David Frey feeling good about handing off the baton. Read More

Nonprofit moving HQ to Grand Rapids

September 14, 2017
A national nonprofit that promotes the rehabilitation of military veterans via sports is bringing its headquarters to Grand Rapids. Read More

Legacy Trust appoints CEO and executive team

September 14, 2017
A local private trust bank has named its new CEO and executive leadership team. Read More

Optometrist joins eye care practice

September 13, 2017
A local eye care practice has added another optometrist to its team. Read More