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2014 Outlook: John Wheeler, Orion Construction

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:17 |

Orion Construction officially launched Orion Real Estate Solution (ORES) earlier this year. The new initiative offers a suite of services aimed at helping clients with property acquisitions, project financing and host of other pre-construction functions.

2014 Outlook: Thomas Kyros, Varnum LLP

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:15 |

What’s good for the economy and for Michigan’s economic rebirth is also good for business at Grand Rapids-based law firm Varnum LLP, Kyros said. As economic conditions continue to improve, he expects the firm will see more business resulting from the better entrepreneurial climate in the state.

2014 Outlook: Candace Matthews, Amway

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:12 |

Each of Amway’s 10 top markets grew in 2012, helping drive global sales of parent company Alticor to $11.3 billion, a growth of almost 3.7 percent. As CMO, Matthews heads up Amway’s marketing strategy and serves as one of the top advisers to leaders Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos.

After its involvement in a handful of high-profile projects including the Kendall Building and the Fulton Street Farmers Market, the Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Lott3Metz is rethinking its marketing strategy, Lott said.

Given all of the upheaval and change occurring in health care today, the best thing hospitals and health systems can do is to get lean, said Manns, who became president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s last summer.

2014 Outlook: Mike Freed, Priority Health

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:07 |

Priority Health this year became the first health plan in Michigan to offer members access to Healthcare Blue Book, a web-based database that allows consumers to look up the prices for medical procedures and diagnostic tests and the quality of each care provider in the area.

2014 Outlook: Judy Brown, Perrigo Co.

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:06 |

Perrigo Co.’s business model works well in an up or down economy, so no matter which direction the U.S. economy heads in 2014, the Allegan-based producer of lower-cost over-the-counter medications is ready for it, according to Brown. It’s a matter executing the company’s strategy, she said.

Rosen helped write the business plan that showed how the UICA could become a self-sustaining enterprise within the next three to five years by focusing on improving its operations and adding programming — rather than on struggling to keep its doors open as a standalone nonprofit organization.

2014 Outlook: John Kennedy, Autocam Corp.

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:03 |

With Autocam, Kennedy has helped build one of the few supplier companies that has successfully been able to span both the automotive and the medical device industries. He’s also suing the federal government over objections to the Affordable Care Act and its mandated coverage of birth control.

2014 Outlook: Phil Harbert, Old National Bank

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:01 |

Even as the region fares better than a few years ago, Harbert continues to hear lingering concerns about the economy, including the U.S. unemployment rate. As the new year dawns, he says plenty of questions remain about the economy, how it will affect business decisions, and what will happen in Washington, D.C.

2014 Outlook: Rick Breon, Spectrum Health

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:00 |

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the main issue for health care providers today. Spectrum Health continues to adapt to the law, which Breon says means “doing more with less.”

Having joined the foundation at age 24 and having risen through its executive ranks, Tabron brings plenty of institutional knowledge to the position of CEO, which she will assume on Jan. 1. Her top priority: supporting our nation’s underserved children so they have access to opportunities and the chance at a strong future.

2014 Outlook: Larry Hines, Hines Corp.

Written by | Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:56 |

Hines was instrumental in the launch last February of the Muskegon Angels, an angel investment group with an initial $550,000 fund to support local startup companies. His family-owned Hines Corp., an industrial holding company, employs about 700 people across North America.

Ahead of the expected “flurry” of activity in the small and lower-middle market as baby boomers look to exit or transition their businesses, Smith Haughey plans to add at least one staff member next year to its M&A practice, Siebers said.

Triangle expects the K-12 building market to be a major component of how the firm builds its backlog over the next year. As clients “catch up” on projects that were delayed or scrapped over the last five years, leadership at Triangle is anticipating a steady supply of opportunity in 2014.

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