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To avoid stalling the industry’s growth, Vander Heide advocates that state and federal lawmakers need to re-evaluate antiquated regulations.

Lennon’s work also has him active in the Michigan chapter of the Urban Land Institute, which plans to increase and expand its events and services around the state in the coming year.

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will start 2016 with a new executive committee that Executive Director Jorge Gonzalez believes will help bring new ideas and strategies to the 12-year-old organization.

Investments in renovations at stores in East Grand Rapids (Breton Village), Holland, Zeeland and Petoskey show SpartanNash remains focused on the customer experience, according to COO and interim CFO Dave Staples

Coming off a disastrous year for industrial recyclers as commodity prices continued to weaken, Schupan & Sons CEO Marc Schupan expects steady business in the new year, despite headwinds ranging from overcapacity in the metals markets to the threat of cheap imports related to the strong U.S. dollar.

Joan Budden moves into the president and CEO position at Priority Health in mid- January, when she will lead one of the largest health plans in Michigan.

John Hendrickson sees creating continuity and cohesion around the world as both the biggest challenge and opportunity next year for Perrigo, which produces over-the-counter store-brand medications as well as generic drugs.

In many ways, Amway’s independent business owner model foreshadowed the development of the many companies today that allow people to work on their own schedule and pace, according to President Doug DeVos and CEO Steve Van Andel.

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In one of the larger auto supplier deals in the region in 2015, Muskegon-based Port City Group merged with Pace Industries of Fayetteville, Ark.

Coming off a “solid” 2015, LEAP President and CEO Bob Trezise expects 2016 to shape up well for emerging industries in the capital region, which still maintains strong ties to the auto industry.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s President Bill Manns shares the view of many economists that the economy will hold up in 2016. But Manns concedes that he’s watching the presidential election closely because depending on who wins, the results could have major implications for the Affordable Care Act that’s reshaping health care in the nation.

Lampen-Crowell says investments in the state’s education infrastructure are critical for that continued regional growth

While her university’s football team eyes a potential national championship run, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon remains focused on maintaining the school as one of the state’s best assets.

The vice chair of eMerge West Michigan, an entrepreneurial services group, says the current economic cycle could be on the downslope, but it’s important to focus on what businesses can control.

Heading into 2016, Walker says his company remains focused on staying ahead of workplace trends in terms of ergonomics and, more broadly, how space gets used.

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