Carly Contreras

Marketing Manager
aka A Woman With a Plan

Carly’s actually got a plan for this and a plan for that and a plan for a gazillion different things that are perpetually in motion within the Experience Grand Rapids marketing department. She serves as project manager, directs the creative team’s production of ads and billboards, designs and distributes digital newsletters, and maintains and monitors collateral inventory. She also assists with such brand pillar promotions as Beer City Brewsader®, Restaurant Week GR and Flights of Flavor®.
Carly spent a year as a Database Management and Marketing intern for EXGR before joining us full-time as Marketing Coordinator. She was promoted to Marketing Manager less than two years later. (We recognize talent when we see it.) Carly graduated with a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and she is certified in Google Analytics and Data Studio.
My favorite part of this job is being involved in a community I absolutely love. I enjoy supporting the success of our city, and I get to work with a passionate team that I learn from every day.

Bio Bits:

  • As a collector of vinyl records – and the proud owner of a vintage 1965 record player – she recommends these local stores to get your vinyl fix.
  • Loves the authentic Mexican food at Tacos El Cunado because it “reminds me of my family and home.”
  • Heads to Lookout Park for great sunsets and views of the city.
Carly Contreras, Marketing Manager 2021

Carly Contreras, Marketing Manager

Photo by Mod Bettie for Experience Grand Rapids