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Industry overviews: Healthcare

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:28 |

An overview of the healthcare industry as told by some of its executives.

An overview of the construction and architecture industries as told by some of their executives.

Industry overviews: Higher education

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:07 |

An overview of the higher education industry as told by some of its executives.

Industry overviews: Law

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:00 |

An overview of the law industry as told by some of its executives.

Industry overviews: Manufacturing

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:57 |

An overview of the manufacturing industry as told by some of its executives.

Industry overviews: Energy

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:50 |

An overview of the energy industry as told by some of its executives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elissa Hillary, Executive Director, Local First

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:29 |

In mid-May, Local First hosted the 2012 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies business conference, which brought more than 700 people interested in local, sustainable businesses together for a sharing of best practices.

Looking ahead to the new year, Kelly sits on the cautious and conservative side when it comes to business development and growth, which for Wolverine means working to identify new customers while strengthening its current relationships.

Randy Thelen, President, Lakeshore Advantage

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:24 |

Thelen’s organization helped develop the Ready Now programming to pair job seekers with employers looking for talent. The program, which had a high placement rate in Holland, has since been rolled out across the stat.

Larsen represented footwear giant Wolverine World Wide in a $1.24 billion acquisition of a division of Collective Brands Inc. that was finalized in October.

Arnold Mikon, CEO, TowerPinkster

Written by | Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:15 |

Mikon, TowerPinkster's leader since 2005, wants to build on the design and engineering firm’s recent success in winning projects in the commercial sector.

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