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Board of Directors

Experience Grand Rapids is pleased to have a board of directors to help guide us in our work.  If you are a board member looking for meeting details or interested in becoming a future board member, please contact Abby Jefferson at 616-233-3552 or AJefferson@ExperienceGR.com for information.


Creating an exceptional community by sharing Grand Rapids with the world.

Experience Grand Rapids Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jenifer Cutter

Ms. Jenifer Cutter | AHC Hospitality | Chair

Ping Liang Ms. Ping Liang | AlphaMax Advisors, LLC | Vice Chair
Rick Baker Mr. Rick Baker | Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce | Secretary/Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Tim Pietryga

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

Ed Wilson - small

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

Paul Stansbie

Mr. Paul Stansbie | Grand Valley State University | Diversity Advisory Committee Chair

Rich MacKeigan

Mr. Richard MacKeigan | ASM Global | Immediate Past Chair


Green Burst from EXGR Logo Mr. Ross Bartlett | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Rosalyn Bliss

Mayor Rosalyn Bliss | City of Grand Rapids

Cathy Cooper

Ms. Cathy Cooper | Meijer, Inc.

Eva Aguirre Cooper

Ms. Eva Aguirre Cooper | Univision

Green Burst from EXGR Logo Ms. Lisa Calhoun | DoubleTree by Hilton GR Airport
Kayem Dunn - small

Ms. Kayem Dunn | Downtown Development Authority

Heather Emmons

Ms. Heather Emmons | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Mimi Fritz

Ms. Mimi Fritz | Downtown Market

Dave Hildenbrand

Commissioner Dave Hildenbrand | Kent County Commissioner

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Mr. Kyle Holst | Canopy by Hilton Downtown GR

Joe Jones

Mr. Joe Jones | The Hekima Group

Jacob Maas Headshot Mr. Jacob Maas | West Michigan Works!
Stephanie Montgomery, Board Member

Ms. Stephanie Montgomery | Delta Marriott Grand Rapids Airport

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Mr. Suresh Patel | GR Hospitality

Katrina Peterson

Ms. Katrina Peterson | LodgeCo Hospitality

Matt Piromari - small

Mr. Matt Piromari | Grand Hospitality Management Inc

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Mr. Tory Richardson | Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

Craig Smith

Mr. Craig Smith | RedWater Restaurant Group

Elijah Steinmetz

Mr. Elijah Steinmetz | Hospitality Specialists, Inc.

Kathleen Ponitz - small

Ms. Kathleen Stewart Ponitz | StewartPonitz Group

Green Burst from EXGR Logo Mr. Al Vanderberg | County of Kent
Mike Verhulst Mr. Michael Verhulst | Acrisure
Green Burst from EXGR Logo Mr. Mark Washington | City of Grand Rapids
Rick Winn - small

Mr. Rick Winn | AHC + Hospitality

Green Burst from EXGR Logo Ms. Kara Wood | Grand Action 2.0
Amy Young - small

Ms. Amy Young, CMP | Destination Consultants

Doug Small

Mr. Douglas Small | Experience Grand Rapids*

  *Ex-Officio Board Member