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The Right Place Board of Directors Changes for 2020

Michigan Business Network
January 6, 2020 5:00 PM

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Jan. 06, 2020) – The Right Place, Inc. has appointed five new board members to the 2020 Right Place board of directors and accepted the retirement of six others. In addition, the board elected the following officers:


Officers for 2020:

2019-2020 Chair:  Sean P. Welsh, Regional President, Western MI, PNC Bank

Vice Chair:  Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, PwC

Treasurer: Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health

Executive Committee appointments:

Steve Downing, President & CEO, Gentex Corporation

Renee Tabben, Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Market Executive and Market President, Bank of America

Garrick Rochow, Senior Vice President—Operations, Consumers Energy

New appointments to the 2020 board of directors:

Stephen Abbott, Executive Director, Middle Market | Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase

Dennis Eidson, President & CEO, SpartanNash

Dr. Hyung Kim, President, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Dr. Philomena Mantella, President, Grand Valley State University

Anthony Gagliardo, Lake County Regional Representative

Retiring from the board of directors:

Dan Gaydou, former President, Midwest Region, MLive Media Group, LLC

Thomas Haas, President Emeritus, Grand Valley State University

Richard Haslinger, former President, Chase – West Michigan

David Staples, former President & CEO, SpartanNash

Mark Stiers, President & COO, Power & Industrial, DTE Energy

Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College

To view the complete list of The Right Place board of directors, please visit www.rightplace.org/board 

About The Right Place, Inc.
The Right Place, Inc., is a regional nonprofit founded in 1985 and supported through investments from the private and public sector. The Right Place drives current and long-term economic prosperity in West Michigan through the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to retain, expand and attract businesses. This includes connecting area businesses to national and international resources, identifying emerging growth opportunities, strengthening the competitiveness of area firms, and marketing the region globally. The International Economic Development Council has designated The Right Place as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Find out more by visiting www.rightplace.org, liking us on facebook.com, and following us on twitter @TheRightPlaceGR.

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