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    Neighborhoods
  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Bob Snyders

    Bob Snyders

    National Sales Director

    AKA: Fun Tie Guy

    BSnyders@ExperienceGR.com
    (800) 678-9859 ext. 3546

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    Focus:

    Religious, Government, Fraternal, Agricultural, Military/Veterans and Fraternal Organizations (Service Clubs)

    Education:

    Recognized as Industry Leader for the Religious Market, BBA with Honors from Cleary College, Experience - over 40 years in the Hospitality Industry

    Professional Associations:

    Religious Convention Management Association (RCMA), Christian Meetings and Conventions Association (CMCA), Rejuvenate Marketplace, Lions Club International-Grand Rapids Club, Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Volunteer Associations:

    Lions Club International-Grand Rapids Club. Past Club Board of Director, currently on membership committee

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    41 years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    Began my career working at my Dad's popcorn stand at a resort near Jackson, MI.  Moved my way up to short order cook and waiter at the resort.  Interesting fact - I was let go from my first hotel job because I had a beard!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Lake Michigan shoreline

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Explore the history!  There is an amazing amount - from the Native American culturel to accomplishments of President Gerald R. Ford;  from being "Furniture City" to "Beer City USA."

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Working with new organizations that have never considered GR before.