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  • 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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    Staff - Tom Bennett

    Tom Bennett

    Tom Bennett

    Vice President Sales & Services

    AKA: The Closer

    TBennett@ExperienceGR.com
    (800) 678-9859 ext. 3544

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    Focus:

    Leads the convention sales, services and events teams.

    Education:

    Certified Tourism Ambassador

    Professional Associations:

    Michigan Society of Association Executives, Americas Society of Association Executives, Professional Convention Management Association, and Destination Marketing Association International

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    25 years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    Worked for a security firm while playing football in college and worked concerts, special events, conventions and trade shows.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Orange County, CA specifically Dana Point and San Clemente.

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

    It’s a great walking city. Walk downtown through Rosa Parks Circle up Monroe Center and walk along the Grand River and across the Blue Bridge. And be sure to walk to all of our downtown museums, breweries, brewpubs and restaurants.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Continued development of our waterfront and new restaurants and breweries coming on board.