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Michigan Business Beat | Scott Keith - How LEPFA is Emerging from COVID.

Michigan Business Beat
May 19, 2022 5:00 PM

images (2)Chris Holman speaks with Scott Keith, president and CEO, LEPFA, Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority, Lansing, MI.

Watch Scott and Chris discuss LEPFA and their latest news in the YouTube video shared below.

Scott, tell us about LEPFA?

Share some of the challenges during COVID.

What are things looking like this Spring?

You have a new leadership team, tell us about that. New board members as well.

LEPFA additionally shared further details about their Spring 2022.

LANSING, MI – With spring in full swing, the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) announces staff promotions and additions as well as welcomes three new members to the board of commissioners.

            LEPFA manages entertainment hubs within the city, including the Lansing Center, Jackson Field, and Groesbeck Golf Course. All are expected to see significant increases in activity as residents and visitors emerge from the pandemic.

            “We are throwing out the welcome mat to meeting and event planners, sports fans, and golfers from throughout the country,” said Scott Keith, LEPFA president, and CEO. “Our commitment to service excellence requires an amazing team of professionals and committed leadership.”

            The new leadership team includes:

  • Mindy Biladeau, vice president of sales & services, who most recently served as the interim in this position. Previously, she was LEPFA director of event services & programming as well as the executive director & Silver Bells in the City coordinator with Downtown Lansing Inc.
  • Michelle Green, vice president of finance, who most recently served as vice president of accounting at Function of Beauty.
  • Dan Ray, executive chef, who has been involved in the restaurant industry since his days at Michigan State University in 2001. In 2006, he was named the sous chef at The Red Cedar Grill. He went on to serve as a chef at two local restaurants until becoming part of the Urban Feast group, where he oversaw foodservice operations.
  • Rebecca Chesnut, CMP, event logistics manager, who comes to LEPFA from ASM Global at DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall, and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
  • Karen Wilson, foodservice operations manager, who previously served as food service coordinator at the Lansing Center since 2013. She also oversees food and beverage operations at Groesbeck Golf Course and Common Ground Music Festival.


“We have the A-list of industry professionals ready to provide exceptional service to our customers,” said Commission Chair James Stajos. “As in-person events get back into full swing, the LEPFA team is excited to exceed expectations.”

In addition to the leadership announcements, LEPFA announces new staffers James Hall and James Granger as building engineers and Angela O’Neal as human resources/payroll coordinator. Matt Arens also made the move from part-time to full-time facility worker.

Complementing the internal team are three new appointments to the LEPFA Board of Commissioners:

  • Paul Collins, principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
  • Danielle Lenz, vice president at Edge Partnerships. She also chairs the Authority’s Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Maureen McNaulty Saxton, vice president at Van Dyke Horn Public Relations. She serves on the LEPFA’s Finance Committee.

For more information on LEPFA and upcoming happenings, visit www.lepfa.com.


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