Downtown Market names VP of marketing and operations

Amanda Gielczyk. Courtesy Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has created a new role and promoted an existing employee to fill it.

The market at 435 Ionia Ave. SW said last week it elevated Amanda Gielczyk to the role of vice president of marketing and operations.

Gielczyk joined the Downtown Market in May 2016 and most recently served as director of marketing and special events.

In her new role, she will continue to oversee all aspects of marketing, special events and leasing, with the addition of overseeing facility operations, technology and an expanded role in the overall organizational functions of the market.

“Over the past few months, we have been working to adjust our org chart in order to better distribute the management of organizational functions while also equipping the market to function no longer as a startup, but as a five-year-old business,” said Mimi Fritz, the market’s president and CEO.

“Amanda is an excellent leader who can help us take the market to the next level, while maintaining the enterprising, ‘early-stage’ culture we’ve created.”

Gielczyk said she is excited to embark on the next stage of her career.

“Helping the Downtown Market grow and evolve has been a new and interesting challenge for me over the last two years,” she said. “We have an amazing staff and excellent leadership committed to our career growth, and I’m thrilled to continue being a part of that culture.”

Gielczyk has more than a decade of management and marketing experience in retail, including at General Growth Properties’ Rivertown Crossings and The Crossroads.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Founded in 2013, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a $30-million, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing.

It leases space to emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants and features a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants.

Since its inception, the Downtown Market ecosystem has launched more than 85 businesses, created 500 jobs and counseled more than 450 businesses.

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