The Right Place shuffles team


Tim Mroz. Courtesy The Right Place

A local economic development nonprofit has made several changes to its team.

The Right Place, based in Grand Rapids, shuffled around several employees following the retirement of Rick Chapla, former VP of strategic initiatives.

Chapla retired on Dec. 31 after 22 years at The Right Place and more than 35 years in community and economic development.

“While Rick Chapla’s absence will be felt deeply at The Right Place, we are looking forward to the future as several key members of the team take on new leadership roles,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO, The Right Place.

VP of strategic initiatives

Tim Mroz, who spent 10 years as VP of marketing and communications at The Right Place, has moved into the VP of strategic initiatives role.

Mroz will assist local governments and private companies with navigating economic development policies and programs throughout West Michigan.

He previously spent eight years as marketing manager for Quebec-based 20-20 Technologies.

VP of marketing and communications

Andria Romkema has been promoted to VP of marketing and communications after four years as digital marketing manager at The Right Place.

Romkema will provide overall leadership and direction for the organization’s communications strategy, including public relations, marketing and advertising. 

She was previously the marketing and communications manager for Ann Arbor SPARK, an economic development organization.

VP of talent initiatives

Cindy Brown, former executive director of Hello West Michigan, is now working full-time as VP of talent initiatives for The Right Place, a role she already held.

Brown will provide strategic direction and overall leadership for the organization’s talent initiatives and collaborations.

She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in recruiting, employee development, training and facilitation.  

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