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The Right Place | Board of Directors Changes for 2019

Michigan Business Network
January 25, 2019 10:00 AM

News Release Provided By The Right Place

The Right Place board of directors changes for 2019

the right placeGRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Jan. 17, 2019) – The Right Place, Inc. recently appointed seven new board members to the 2019 Right Place board of directors, five of which are replacing retiring board members.  In addition, the board elected the following officers:


Officers for 2019:

  • Sean Welsh Right Place boardChair:  Sean P. Welsh, Regional President, Western MI, PNC Bank

  • joppich-bwVice Chair:  Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, PwC LLP

  • Dave_Staples_6-2016Treasurer: Dave Staples, President and CEO, SpartanNash



Executive Committee Appointments:

  • Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)
  • Matt Becker, Managing Partner, BDO
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO, Spectrum Health


New Appointments to the 2019 board of directors:

  • Ron DeWaard, Partner, Varnum
  • Steve Downing, President and CEO, Gentex Corporation
  • Krista Flynn, Regional President – West Michigan, Chemical Bank
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO, Spectrum Health Systems
  • Andi Owen, President & CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Jim Teets, CEO, ADAC Automotive
  • Mark Washington, City Manager, City of Grand Rapids
  • Greg Madura, Supervisor, Alpine Township (Suburban Representative)
  • Dave Beemer, COO, Terryberry (Manufacturers’ Council new Chair)
  • Eric Fox, President, Oceana County Economic Development Corporation (Regional Representative)


Retiring from the board of directors:

  • Rick Breon, former President and CEO, Spectrum Health
  • Brian Harris, BTHarris Consulting, LLC
  • David Khorey, Partner, Varnum
  • Bill Manns, President, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston
  • Brian Walker, former President and CEO, Herman Miller
  • Ben Swayze, Supervisor, Cascade Township (time limited term -Suburban Representative)
  • Susan Hatto, Chair, Ionia County Economic Alliance (time limited term – Regional Representative
  • Chris Williams, President & CEO, Medbio (time limited term - Manufacturers’ Council former Chair)


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 economic development organization founded in 1985 and supported through investments from the private and public sector. Its mission is to promote economic growth in the areas of quality employment, productivity and technology in West Michigan by developing jobs through leading business retention, expansion and attraction efforts. For more information, visit: www.rightplace.org.




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