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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.


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

Floyd Wilson Jr - small

Mr. Floyd Wilson, Jr., CTA | Pinnacle Construction Group | Board Chair

Jenifer Cutter

Ms. Jenifer Cutter, CTA | AHC + Hospitality | Secretary/Treasurer

Tim Pietryga

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

Rick Baker

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

Paul Stansbie

Mr. Paul Stansbie, CTA | Grand Valley State University

Rich MacKeigan

Mr. Richard MacKeigan, CTA | ASM Global | Immediate Past Chair


Rosalyn Bliss

Mayor Rosalyn Bliss, CTA | City of Grand Rapids

Cathy Cooper

Ms. Cathy Cooper, CTA | Meijer, Inc.

Eva Aguirre Cooper

Ms. Eva Aguirre Cooper, CTA | Univision

Kayem Dunn - small

Ms. Kayem Dunn, CTA | Downtown Development Authority

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

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Mr. Grant Hirst | Embassy Suites Downtown Grand Rapids

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Mr. Kyle Holst | Hampton Inn Downtown Grand Rapids

Commissioner Diane Jones

Commissioner Diane Jones, CTA | Kent County Commissioner

Joe Jones

Mr. Joe Jones | The Hekima Group

Ping Liang

Ms. Ping Liang, CTA | AlphaMax Advisors, LLC

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Ms. Samantha Molzer, CTA | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids North

Stephanie Montgomery, Board Member

Ms. Stephanie Montgomery | Delta Marriott Grand Rapids Airport

Jon Nunn - small

Mr. Jon Nunn, CTA | Grand Action

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Mr. Suresh Patel | GR Hospitality

Katrina Peterson

Ms. Katrina Peterson, CTA | LodgeCo Hospitality

Matt Piromari - small

Mr. Matt Piromari, CTA | Grand Hospitality Management Inc

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

Craig Smith

Mr. Craig Smith, CTA | RedWater Restaurant Group

Elijah Steinmetz

Mr. Elijah Steinmetz, CTA | Homewood Suites Downtown

Kathleen Ponitz - small

Ms. Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, CTA | StewartPonitz Group

Rick Winn - small

Mr. Rick Winn, CTA | AHC + Hospitality

Amy Young - small

Ms. Amy Young, CMP, CTA | Destination Consultants

Doug Small

Mr. Douglas Small, CTA | Experience Grand Rapids*

  *Ex-Officio Board Member