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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.
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Board of Directors


    The mission of Experience Grand Rapids is to strengthen the region’s economic vitality and quality of life by marketing Grand Rapids/Kent County as a preferred visitor destination.

    Experience Grand Rapids Board of Directors

    Executive Committee

    Richard MacKeigan - small

    Mr. Richard MacKeigan, CTA | SMG | Board Chair*

    Brian Behler - small

    Mr. Brian Behler, CTA | Embassy Suites by Hilton | Vice Chair*

    Jenifer Cutter

    Ms. Jenifer Cutter, CTA | Courtyard by Marriott Downtown | Secretary/Treasurer*

    Tim Pietryga - small

    Mr. Timothy Pietryga, CTA | Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital | Governance Committee Chair*

    Ed Wilson - small

    Mr. Ed Wilson, CTA | Country Inn & Suites East | Hotel Advisory Committee Chair*

    Eva Aguirre Cooper

    Ms. Eva Aguirre Cooper, CTA | WOOD TV 8 | Diversity Advisory Board*

    Rick Baker

    Mr. Rick Baker, CTA | Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce | Finance Committee Chair*

    Kayem Dunn - small

    Ms. Kayem Dunn, CTA | Downtown Development Authority | Immediate Past Chair*


    Rosalyn Bliss

    Mayor Rosalyn Bliss, CTA | City of Grand Rapids*

    Wayman Britt

    Mr. Wayman Britt | Kent County Assistant Administrator *

    Cathy Cooper

    Ms. Cathy Cooper, CTA | Meijer, Inc.

    Heather Emmons

    Ms. Heather Emmons, CTA | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown*

    Dana Friis-Hansen

    Mr. Dana Friis-Hansen, CTA | Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Mimi Fritz

    Ms. Mimi Fritz, CTA | Downtown Market

    Kim Halbrehder

    Mr. Kim Halbrehder, CTA | Drury Inn & Suites*

    Nich Haughton

    Mr. Nicholas Haughton, CTA | Hilton Garden Inn East Beltline*

    Commissioner Diane Jones

    Commissioner Diane Jones, CTA | Kent County Commissioner*

    Joe Jones

    Mr. Joe Jones | Grand Rapids Urban League*

    Rachel Kammer

    Ms. Rachel Kammer, CTA | SpringHill Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport *

    Jeffrey Lawn

    Mr. Jeffrey Lawn, CTA | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport*

    Ping Liang - small

    Ms. Ping Liang, CTA | AlphaMax Advisors, LLC*

    Jon Nunn - small

    Mr. Jon Nunn, CTA | Grand Action

    Katrina Peterson

    Ms. Katrina Peterson, CTA | Residence Inn Grand Rapids Airport*

    Brian Picardat

    Mr. Brian Picardat, CTA | Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

    Matt Piromari - small

    Mr. Matt Piromari, CTA | Grand Hospitality Management Inc.*

    Boy Silhoutte

    Mr. Brad Schmitz, CTA | The Grand River Hotel*

    Craig Smith

    Mr. Craig Smith, CTA | RedWater Group

    Elijah Steinmetz

    Mr. Elijah Steinmetz, CTA | Homewood Suites Downtown*

    Kathleen Ponitz - small

    Ms. Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, CTA | StewartPonitz Group

    Floyd Wilson Jr - small

    Mr. Floyd Wilson, Jr., CTA *

    Rick Winn - small

    Mr. Rick Winn, CTA | Amway Hotel Corporation*

    Kathy Woronko - small

    Ms. Kathy Woronko, CTA | Steelcase Inc*

    Amy Young - small

    Ms. Amy Young, CMP, CTA | Destination Consultants

    Doug Small - Thumbnail

    Mr. Douglas Small, CTA | Experience Grand Rapids**

      *Voting board member **Ex-Officio Board Member