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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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    Leslie Hastings

    Leslie Hastings

    National Sales Manager

    LHastings@ExperienceGR.com
    (703) 469-1784

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    Focus:

    My focus is to bring conventions and meetings to Grand Rapids and Sacramento from the Washington DC Metro area

    Education:

    Jackson College, Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and Certified Association Sales Professional 

    Professional Associations:

    ASAE, PCMA, PMPI, SGMP, IAEE, AMP’s, Reston Herndon Meeting Planners & HIP Network

    Volunteer Associations:

    Dogs XL Rescue

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    34 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    Working my way through college.  I started working in a hotel and liked it so much I never left the industry.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Riviera Maya or just spending time with my family!

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

    Make sure you see the Meijer Gardens.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Having a very successful year.