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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.

    Tim Nelson

    Tim Nelson

    Director of Convention Services

    AKA: Dream Facilitator
    (877) 847-4847 ext. 3556

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    Convention Services for National and Regional Events and Repeat Business


    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Aquinas College, Certified Meeting Professional (CMP),  Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Professional Associations:

    Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA)

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    17 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I was hired as a retail manager for our Visitor Information Center and found that I liked the industry.

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

    Explore the city! It is an easy city to get around in and there is so much to discover.