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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.

    Brandy McCallum

    Brandy McCallum

    Convention Services Manager

    AKA: Queen of Calm

    BMcCallum@ExperienceGR.com
    (616) 233-3543

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    Focus:

    Convention Services for State Groups, Supporting Attendance Building Efforts prior to and providing extraordinary service while in Grand Rapids!

    Education:

    Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business BBA in Marketing, Minor General Business, Certified Tourism Ambassador

    Volunteer Associations:

    Grand Rapids Public Schools, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Endless Opportunities, 97.3 The Beat WJWC

    Professional Associations:

    Society of Government Meeting Planners; Michigan Society of Association Executives

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    9 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I moved to Las Vegas in 2008 two weeks after I graduated from College for a personal assistant/event planning job with 2 suitcases.  After a year in the position and learning a little more about Sin City, I applied to work at ARIA Resort and Casino.  My very first position was as a Guest Services Representative on the Opening team for ARIA and the rest is history.  I love hospitality and 9 years later it seems to like me too!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    I love Las Vegas!  My favorite part of living there were the Staycations and restaurants.  Outside of Vegas I can’t turn down a good beach and beautiful ocean view, doesn’t really matter where.

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

    Grab a downtown dining map and start walking.  I love that Grand Rapids has a downtown that is walkable with plenty of great restaurants and breweries to explore.  I love food and there are more than enough places to go in this city.