Grand Rapids chamber names board members


Stacie Behler.

There are five new faces and several new officers on the board of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber said yesterday that it named the newest members of its board at its 127th annual meeting this week: Meredith Bronk, president of Open Systems Technologies; Rachael Eerdmans, director at Grand Rapids Jaycees; Beth O’Shaughnessy of Steelcase; Ted Vaughn, president and CEO of Tolman’s Wholesale Meats; and Doug Young, president of Behler-Young Company.

2015 chamber board officers

Chairperson of the Board: Stacie Behler, Meijer

Chairperson-Elect: Mike Mraz, Rockford Construction

Vice Chairperson, Budget & Finance: Nelson Sanchez, RoMan Manufacturing

Vice Chairperson, Public Policy: Bryan Harrison, Amway

Vice Chairperson, Governance: Steve Heacock, Spectrum Health

Vice Chairperson at Large: Joan Budden, Priority Health

Vice Chairperson at Large: Michael Verhulst, Wolverine Building Group

Immediate Past Chairperson: Douglas Dozeman, Warner, Norcross & Judd

Veteran award category

In planning for its 2015 EPIC Awards, the chamber has created a new veteran-owned business category.

The new category is “part of our ongoing support for veterans and small businesses,” said Janet Wyllie, VP of business growth initiatives at the chamber.

“The chamber recognizes the many contributions veterans make to our businesses and community,” Wyllie said.

County-wide growth

At the annual gathering, the chamber highlighted the recently reported fact that Kent County is the first county of its size to hit pre-recession unemployment rates.

“You are the engines of the economy,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO of the chamber. “None of this would be possible without you and your investment. It is because of all the work you do in your organizations and our community that we are able to celebrate the many successes and accolades that Grand Rapids is now enjoying.”

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