A tireless advocate for the architecture industry, Metz has served on the state and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects.
An overview of the manufacturing industry as told by some of its executives.
Having joined MCC in 2009, Nesbary has helped the institution grow its outreach to the business community, including offering training programs to suit the talent needs of employers.
What keeps you up at night? That’s one of several questions we asked more than 100 of the region’s executives and business owners. It’s our favorite question to ask CEOs and senior executives because it really cuts to the core of the weaknesses and threats they see looming on the horizon.
In 2011, Olivarez, an Aquinas College alum, became the school’s seventh president after having served in leadership roles at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and Grand Rapids Community College.
Over the past year, Kitchens has helped forge new alliances for regional economic development stretching from Battle Creek to Benton Harbor. The new larger regional area should help the group’s marketing be more effective in attracting business to the region, he says.
An overview of the energy industry as told by some of its executives.
VanderKamp and his business partners started brewing beer at New Holland Brewing in 1997 and later added spirits to its offerings. Today, the growing company distributes its products around the Midwest. It’s also planning an expansion in the new year.
In 2012, Wolverine World Wide completed one of the largest acquisitions ever in the footwear industry when it bought Collective Brands’ Performance + Lifestyle Group for $1.24 billion. The deal transforms Wolverine into the third-largest footwear company in the world behind giants Nike and Adidas.
The Grand Haven manufacturer will post record sales and profits for 2012 and the company expects another record year in 2013, says Jacobson, who joined the family-owned JSJ in 1986.
Since Larson arrived from Long Beach, Calif. to head the DDA in Grand Rapids, he’s been focused on building the organization as a grassroots consortium for community involvement in shaping the downtown.
Haas maintains the university is committed to improving its program offerings and infrastructure investments, while keeping down costs for students.
Klohs says The Right Place has seen a “marked increase” in the requests for information and requests for proposals from site selectors considering West Michigan this year, a trend she fully expects to continue in 2013.
Alticor Inc., the parent company of global direct-selling giant Amway, set a record with more than $10.9 billion in sales last year, the company’s sixth consecutive year of sales growth and its second in a row in which U.S. sales increased.
Office furniture maker Haworth, which had sales of $1.38 billion last year, successfully initiated a zero waste to landfill policy that made the company $1.4 million. Haworth took over the family-owned company from his father, Dick Haworth, in 2009.
The former head of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. under John Engler, Rothwell now leads Business Leaders For Michigan, an organization representing many of the state’s largest employers.