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June 29, 2013
Main Topic: Medicaid Expansion, Logisitics and Sustainabilty
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Blair Thomas, Columbian Logisitics
Haris Alibasic, City of Grand Rapids


May 18, 2013
Main Topics: GR Home for the Veterans,
Core Connections Inc,
Advanced Technology Recycling
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Mary Muir, Core Connections Inc
Whitney Ehresman, Advanced Technology Recycling


May 11, 2013
Main Topics: EPIC Awards
MMA Award Winners
Members in the News
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Tori Bennett, Membership Development Coordinator
Guests: Jon Dewys, Dewys Manufacturing
Renwick Brutus, Achievement Resources


May 04, 2013
Main Topic: 2013 EPIC Awards highlight/interview
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Mike Wawee, Kent County Commisioner
Lance Werner, Kent District Library
Kevin Stotts, Talent 2025


April 20, 2013
Main Topic: 2013 Energize Your Business:
highlight the event/speakers/breakout sessions, etc.
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Tori Bennett, Membership Development Coordinator
Guests: Hannah Starring, Center for Community Leadership
Rebecca Ryan, Next Generation Consulting
Barbara Rappaport, Real-Time Perspectives


March 30, 2013
Main Topics: Business Tax Audits
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Financial Update
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Ed Kisscorni, Ed Kisscorni CPA
Kellie-Jo Peltier, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Jeff Walsh, RW Baird


March 23, 2013
Main Topics: Inside Grand Rapids
Leadership Grand Rapids
Hosted By: Kim McLaughlin, Director of Inclusion & Community Leadership
Latricia Trice, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Guests: Ben Wickstrom, Erhardt Construction
Jeremy Moore, Spectrum Health Foundation


March 16, 2013
Main Topic: Gazelle Girl, Tax Season, CCL, St. Patrick's Day and more!
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Kim McLaughlin, Director of Inclusion & Community Leadership
Guests: Bridget Meyers, Gazelle Sports
Ashley Clonan, H&S Companies


March 09, 2013
Main Topics: BCBSM investment in diversity and inclusion
Diversity Visionary Award Celebration Recipient
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guests: Jeff Connolly, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan
Faye Richardson-Green, Steelcase


February 23, 2013
Main Topics: The Power of Play
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Retirement of Kathy Nelson
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Guests: Robert Dean, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Deanna Demory, Health Heart of West Michigan United Way
Kathy Nelson Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


February 16, 2013
Main Topic: Corporate Wellness
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guests: Jenn Groendyk, Lacks Enterprises
Kristine Sapak, Priority Health


February 02, 2013
Main Topics: Energize Your Business
Transportation Funding
Business Growth!
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs
Guests: Paul Martin, ProTrainings
Janet Wyllie, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
John Weiss, Grand Valley Metro Council


January 26, 2013
Main Topic: The Impact of Giving
(Trivalent Group gives $50K to nonprofits at CompassionIT awards)
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Hannah Starring, Inclusion & Community Leadership Coordinator
Guests: Dawn Simpson, Trivalent Group, Inc.
Bob Kreter, Degage Ministries


January 12, 2013
Main Topics: West Michigan Health Forecast
Priority Health Shape Michigan
Heating & Cooling Tips from Blakesley and Sons
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Tori Bennett, Membership Development Coordinator
Guests: Lody Zwarenstyn, Alliance for Health
Amy Miller, Priority Health Shape Michigan
Aaron Shoonover, Blakesley and Sons


January 05, 2013
Main Topics: Mercantile Bank of Michigan Giving Together
Priority Health Shape Michigan
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Ellie frey, Executive Director of Family Business Alliance
Guests: Michelle Shangraw, Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Amy Miller, Priority Health Shape Michigan


 

2012  Radio Shows

December 22, 2012
Main Topic: End of 2012 Lame Duck Sessions & OST
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Ken Yonker, State Representative Ken Yonker
Mike Lomonaco, Open Systems Technologies


December 15, 2012
Main Topics: Creative Studio Promotions
"About My Heart. My Life." American Heart Assn.
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Mark Allen, Director of Membership Development
Guests: Ann Vidro, Creative Studio Promotions
Cindy Bouma, American Health Association


December 08, 2012
Main Topics: Valley Truck Parts & Holiday Safety Tips
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Alexis Rangel, Programs & Events Manager
Guests: Gary Troost, Valley Truck Parts
Chris Cameron, Silent Observer


December 01, 2012
Main Topics: Kent County Commission Update
Talent and Workforce Development
NAM "Four Goals for Economic Growth" Conversation
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Jeff Walsh, RW Baird
Guests: Jim Talen, Kent County Commissioner
Janis Petrini, Express Employment Solutions
Aric Newhouse, National Association of Manufacturers


November 24, 2012
Main Topic: Local Retail Shopping and Development
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Wes Trimpe, Programs & Events Coordinator
Guests: Kris Larson, Downtown Development Authority
Micki Ackerman, Rita Girls Bakery


November 17, 2012
Main Topic: Giving and Saving
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Janet Wyllie, Vice President of Business Growth Initiatives
Guests: Angie Hanks, Chemical Bank
Marilyn Zack, Grand Rapids Community Foundation


November 10, 2012
Main Topic: 2012 Election Recap
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Mike Wawee Jr., Kent County Commissioner
Tiffany Carr, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
Janet Wylie, Grand Rapids Chamber


November 03, 2012
Main Topics: Ballot Proposals
Fall Fun and Election Info
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Hannah Starring, Inclusion & Community Leadership Coordinator
Guests: Alicia Robinette, Robinettes
Mary Hollinrake, Kent County Clerk
Sue DeSteigeur, Kent County Director of Elections


October 27, 2012
Main Topics: State Proposal 3
Local Proposal 1
Purchasing Expo
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Jeff Walsh, RW Baird
Guests: Donijo DeJonge, City Controller
Roger Morgenstrom, Consumers Energy
Janet Wyllie, Grand Rapids Chamber


October 20, 2012
Main Topics: Review Michigan Ballot Proposal 5
Great Lakes Bottling Co.
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Alexis Rangel, Programs & Events Manager
Guests: Scott Jousma, Great Lakes Bottling Co.
Roger Martin, Defend Michigan Democracy


October 13, 2012
Main Topics: CEO Rountable Rally
Upcoming Events
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Wes Trimpe, Programs & Events Coordinator
Guest: Rhoda Kreuzer, Partners in Action


September 29, 2012
Main Topics: Organic Recycling
Grand Rapids Chamber New Members Event
College Truth Tour
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Justin Swan, Organicycle
Linda Zizos, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of commerce
Bill Jackson, McAlvey, Merchant and Associates


September 15, 2012
Main Topics: West Michigan Policy Forum Review
ATHENA Awards
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Rick Baker, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of commerce
Melissa Williams-Freeman
Carole Valade, Gemini Publications


September 08, 2012
Main Topics: Michigan Ballot Proposals for 2012 Voters
Community Growth in Downtown GR
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Jeff Walsh, RW Baird
Guests: Andy Johnston, Ballot Proposals for Michigan 2012
Monica Clark, 616 Lofts


September 01, 2012
Main Topics: ATHENA Award Celebration
Student & Financial Loans
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Alexis Rangel, ATHENA Award Celebration
Jeff Walsh, RW Baird


August 25, 2012
Main Topics: Silent Observer Events
Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Wes Trimpe, Programs & Events Coordinator
Guests: Chris Cameron, Silent Observer
Jennifer Feurestein, Gerontology Network


August 18, 2012
Main Topics: West Michigan Business Climate
Local Sports and Tourism
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: John Ertle, Criterion Manufacturing Solutions
Eric Engelbarts, West Michigan Sports Commission


August 11, 2012
Main Topics: Minority Business Expo & Grand Rapids House Party
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guest: Kristin Nipke, Front Row Condos


August 04, 2012
Main Topics: Primary Election Update, GRPS Back to School
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber, Clark Hill PLC
Guests: Donijo DeJonge, City Comptroller
John Helmholdt, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Roger Victory, 88th House District


July 28, 2012
Main Topics: West Michigan Policy Forum
West Side Business Districts
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Jared Rodriguez, West Michigan Policy Forum
Mike Wawee, County Commissioner


July 21, 2012
Main Topics: Grand Rapids House Party
Hello West Michigan - State of the current job market
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guest: Mary Kramer, Crain's Michigan Business


July 14, 2012
Main Topic: Financial Update, Ready NOW!,
Temporary Staffing Industry, Obamacare
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Travis Weber of Clark Hill
Guests: Jeff Walsh, RW Baird
Marti Lolli, Priorty Health
Kim Fettig, Ameritemp Staffing


June 16, 2012
Main Topic: NITC Update, Business Branding & The SOURCE
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Blaine Puckett, Graphic Design Specialist
Guests: Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Randy Osmon, The SOURCE


June 09, 2012
Main Topic: Summer Intern Connection Program and
Recycling with Grand Rapids Iron & Metal
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Blaine Puckett, Graphic Design Specialist
Guest: Jeff Depew, Grand Rapids Iron & Metal


June 02, 2012
Main Topic: Supporting Small Businesses and Start Ups
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Wes Trimpe, Programs & Events Coordinator
Guests: Hal Ostrow, The Ostrow Law Firm
Terry Mulvihill, Hope Network


May 26, 2012
Main Topic: Memorial Day and Regional Economic Development
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Coordinator


May 19, 2012
Main Topic: Kent County Business Success Stories
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Janet Wyllie, Vice President of Business Growth Initiatives
Guest: Brad Haverkamp, Chase Bank


May 12, 2012
Main Topic: EPIC Awards, Chamber Cuba Trip and TEDxGR
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Alexis Rangel, Programs & Events Manager
Guest: Linda Zizos, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


May 05, 2012
Main Topic: Job Creation in West Michigan
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Lizzie Williams, CCL Marketing Coordinator
Guest: Michael Lomonaco, Open Systems Technologies
Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan


April 28, 2012
Main Topic: Vos Glass & Local Businesses Success Stories
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guest: Linda Vos Graham, Vos Glass


April 21, 2012
Main Topic: Central District Cyclery & Pure Michigan
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Ellie frey, Executive Director of Family Business Alliance
Guest: Nate Phelps, Central District Cyclery


April 14, 2012
Main Topic: What's Happening in the Community
(Business Development to Social Causes)
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Lizzie Williams, CCL Marketing Coordinator
Guest: Dan DeKorne, Michigandeals.com
Mike Demos, DTE Energy


April 07, 2012
Main Topic: Member Spotlight and Hiring Our Heroes
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Ivan Fedore, Membership Development Coordinator
Guest: Carol Wagen, Metal Art Studio
Joann Noto, Noto's
Matt Gradisher, Accurate Quality Inspection


March 31, 2012
Main Topics: EPIC Finalists! AT&T Aspire Program
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Alexis Rangel, Programs & Events Manager
Guest: Cindy Locklin, Busy Beas Service
Ruth Guadard, AT&T


March 17, 2012
Main Topics: Silent Observer Events & The Grand Coney
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Guest: Chris Cameron, Silent Observer
Kevin Farhat, Restaurant Partners, Inc


March 10, 2012
Main Topic: Member Spotlight & 5 Strategies to Effectively Engage Employees
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Ivan Fedore, Membership Development Coordinator
Guest: Dave Vermilye, Edgeline Resources
Dan Vander Molen, Van's Pattern Corp


February 25, 2012
Main Topic: West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol
Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Ellie Frey, Family Business Alliance Director
Guest: Chris Glass, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Kim Boyer-McLaughlin, Truscott Rossman


February 04, 2012
Main Topic: Culture of Giving & Providing Hope
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Guest: Chad Jansen, Adtegrity
Brooke Ghent, Hope Lodge


January 21, 2012
Main Topic: What is Hot & Happening
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Jeff Walsh, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Guest: Jay Ediger, Junior Achievement
Rep. Ken Yonker, www.kenyonker.com


January 14, 2012
Main Topic: Resolutions/Healthy Lifestyles
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Member Sponsorship & Advertising Manager
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan Executive Director
Guest: Kim VonKannel, Snap Fitness
Leslie Fischer, Grotenhuis


January 07, 2012
Main Topic: Chamber Annual Meeting
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Director of Public Policy
Alexis Rangel, Programs & Events Manager
Guest: Tom Hanley, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Walt Gutowski, Walt Gutowski, City Commisioner


 

2011  Radio Shows

 
December 10, 2011
Main Topic: GR Cash Mob, Social Media and Emerging Markets
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Angie Brown, Communications Specialist
Guest: Ryan Anderson, Steelcase
Justin Swan, Organicycle
 

November 19, 2011
Main Topic: Economic Outlook & Economic Symposium Review
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Angela Brown, Communications Specialist
Guest: Brad Stamm, Cornerstone University
 

November 12, 2011
Main Topic: Small Business Mentoring & Internship
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Jorge Gonzalez, LINC Community Revitalization, Inc
Dante Villareal, SBTDC
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan
 

November 05, 2011
Main Topic: Economic Symposium at Cornerstone University
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Kelley Root, BCBSM
Jon Laureto, Wolverine Building
 

October 29, 2011
Main Topic: Governor's Special Message - Infrastructure
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Josh Lunger, Public Policy Assistant
Guests: Brian Cloyd, Steelcase
Dave Boerema, Michigan Rail & Storage
 

October 22, 2011
Main Topic: Economic Growth / Workforce Development
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Michael Systma, Bank of Holland
Julie Parks, Grand Rapids Community College
Donijo DeJonge, Grand Rapids City Comptroller
 

October 15, 2011
Main Topics: American Seating - 125th Anniversary
East Meets West Follow-up
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairss
Guests: Hope Network
Ameritemp Staffing
 

October 08, 2011
Main Topic: Sustainability and Environmentally Friendly Products
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Janet Wyllie, Vice President of Programs & Events
Guests: Angela Topp, Tree Hugger
Larry Slotsema, Amserv Product Group
 

October 01, 2011
Main Topic: Artprize and the Economic Impact
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Guests: Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids
Cindy Schneider, San Chez Bistro
 

September 24, 2011
Main Topic: 5th Annual Family Business Forum and Artprize
Hosted By: Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Angela Brown, Communications Specialist
Guests: Rachel Mraz, Merrill Lynch
Doug Small, Experience Grand Rapids
 

September 17, 2011
Main Topic: GR Black Chamber of Commerce & HelloWestMichigan.com
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Guests: Patrick Miles Jr., Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce
Cindy Brown, HelloWestMichigan
 

September 10, 2011
Main Topic: Business and Education in West Michigan
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Guests: Tommy Brann, Brann's Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille
Maureen Noe, United Way, Heart of West Michigan
 

September 03, 2011
Main Topic: 2011 ATHENA Award Celebration
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Leslee Fritz, Marketing Opportunities Account Manager
Guests: Kathy Crosby, 2011 ATHENA Award Winner!
Jordan O'Neil, Center for Community Leadership
 

August 20, 2011
Main Topic: Athena/Entrepreneurism, etc.!
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Angela Brown, Communications Specialist
Guests: Karla Broersma, 2011 ATHENA Scholarship Recipient
John Hwang, Mutually Human Software
 

July 30, 2011
Main Topic: Connections...
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Martha Gabrielse, JPMorgan Chase
Ron Schut, Amway
 

July 23, 2011
Main Topic: Surviving Your First Year In Business!
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Jenna Arcidiacono, Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant
 

July 16, 2011
Main Topic: B Corporations & Educators in the Workplace
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Walt Gutowski, Swift Printing & Communications
Alison Kaufman, Kent ISD
 

July 09, 2011
Main Topic: Employee Recognition & Chamber Summer School
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Mike Byam, Terryberry
 

July 02, 2011
Main Topic: Institute for Healing Racism, Local Business Representation
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Sonya Hughes, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Shana Shroll, Kent County Commissioner
Ken Yonker, Michigan State Representative
 

June 25, 2011
Main Topic: Energy - Conservation and Cost-Savings
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Randy Seaman, Seaman's Heating, Air and Refrigeration
Jeff Holyfield, Consumer's Energy
 

June 18, 2011
Main Topics: Forbes Magazine rating GR as top place to find a job.
Chamber Summer School. New International Trade Crossing
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Guests: Jenn Groendyke, Lacks Enterprises
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
 

June 11, 2011
Main Topic: Mobile Friendly Websites & QR (quick response) applications
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Laurie Cirivello, Community Media Center
Will Hartwell, Red Pigeon
Bert Vescolani, John Ball Zoo
 

June 03, 2011
Main Topic: New CityFlats Hotel, Michigan Policy Conference
Hosted By: Chris Glass, Public Policy Coordinator
Dave Jaconette, WJRW Radio Host
Guests: Sarah Lilly, City Flats Hotel
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
 

May 27, 2011
Main Topic: Golf!
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Tom Oakes, Royal Securities
Jeff Hoag, Scott Lake Country Club
 

May 20, 2011
Main Topic: Women Matter!
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Judy Welch, Inforum Center for Leadership
Kelly Hutchings, Chemical Bank
 

May 13, 2011
Main Topic: Entrepreneurs and Innovation
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Amy Engelsman, Proos Manufacturing
Rob Polick, Shared Care of Kent County
Steve Trecha, Integrated Strategies
 

May 06, 2011
Main Topic: EPIC Award Celebration
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Barbara Meconis, Holistic Care Approach
Mary Buikema, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Inc.
Jeff Lambert, Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Inc.
 

April 29, 2011
Main Topic: Student Advancement Foundation (SAF)
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Susan Heartwell, Student Advancement Foundation
Lynn Afendoulis, SAF, Board of Directors President
 

April 22, 2011
Main Topic: Earth Day! ... and Sustainable Practices
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Rick VanDellen, Amway
Jeff Remtema, Progressive AE
 

April 15, 2011
Main Topic: World Trade Week
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Martha Gabrielse, J.P. Morgan
 

April 08, 2011
MainTopic: Environmental Affairs and Economic Gardening
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guests: Troy Couming, Warner, Norcross, Judd
Eddie Tadlock, DeVos Place / SMG
Jonathan Klooster, City of Grand Rapids
 

April 01, 2011
MainTopic: Education
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Chris Glass, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Larry Polselli, Davenport University
 

March 25, 2011
MainTopic: Prisoner Re-Entry
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guest: Scott Alsgard, Reentry Employment Resource Center
 

March 18, 2011
MainTopic: Low Cost, No Cost Ideas to Market Your Business
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Dan DeKorne, HopIn Deals
 

March 11, 2011
MainTopic: West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol Experiences
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs
Guest: Phil Weaver, Hope Network
Tom Werkman, Bank of Holland
John Westra, NuWave Government Solutions
 

March 04, 2011
MainTopic: 2011 Diversity Visionary Awards
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Georgianna Melendez, Commonwealth Compact
 

February 25, 2011
MainTopic: Business & Community Leadership
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Kim Clap, TheCommon.org
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
 

February 18, 2011
MainTopic: Stress In The Workplace - Best Coping Options
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Sara Eklove, EnCompass, LLC
 

February 11, 2011
MainTopic: Legislative Update - Item Pricing, Michigan Political Leadership Program Breakfast, Customer Choice
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Director of Legislative Affairs
Guests: Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Michigan House Rep.
Jim Talen, Kent County Commissioner
Barry Cargill, Customer Choice Coalition
 

February 02, 2011
MainTopic: EPIC Awards & Nominations
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Bridget Meyers, Events & Programs Coordinator
Guests: Rodney Martin, Warner Norcross & Judd
Mike VanGessel, Rockford Construction
Tami VanderBerg, The Meanwhile Bar
 

January 28, 2011
MainTopic: Design, Branding and Why West Michigan is Great
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Kevin Budelmann, People Design
 

January 21, 2011
MainTopic: Staffing as an Economic Indicator
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Sherri Rouse, ManPower
Matthew Sullivan, the Employment Group
 

January 14, 2011
MainTopic: Michigan State of the State Preview
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Director of Legislative Affairs
Guests: Sandi Frost Parrish, Kent County Board
Peter MacGregor, State Representative
 

January 07, 2011
MainTopic: 123rd Annual Meeting Update
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Barbara Corcoran, Barbara Corcoran - Real Estate Mogul
Meg Goebel, Paul Goebel Group


 

2010  Radio Shows

 
December 17, 2010
MainTopic: Legislative Updates & Silent Observer in the News
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Cameron, Silent Observer
 

December 10, 2010
MainTopic: Season of Giving
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Eric Sutton, Wal-Mart
Sandra Gady, Mel Trotter Ministries
Jim Childress, Michigan Blood
 

December 03, 2010
MainTopic: Healthcare
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Mike Slaughter, Paul Goebel Group
Jeff Nielson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield
 

November 19, 2010
MainTopic: Travel - Why go with a group?
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Christie Roells, ProTravel
 

November 05, 2010
MainTopic: Quaeris, HelloWestMichigan
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Anna Harten, Haworth
Pam Murray, Van Andel Institute
 

October 29, 2010
MainTopic: Experience GR
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Doug Small, Experience GR
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
 

October 22, 2010
MainTopic: Election Day is November 2nd
Hosted By: Andy Johnston, Director of Legislative Affairs
Guests: Bing Goei, Bing Goei for State Rep
Dave Hildenbrand, Dave Hildenbrand for Republican State Senate
 

October 15, 2010
MainTopic: Tips for Business Success
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Carol Crawford, The Alternative Board - West Michigan
David Barrett, Cascade Engineering
Russ Gardner, Career Transition Center of West Michigan
 

October 08, 2010
MainTopic: Taste of the Chamber
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Bridget Meyers, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Guests: Andrea Miller, Blythefield Country Club
Wendy Smith, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Erin Lindsay, McFadden's Restaurant
 

September 24, 2010
MainTopic: Special Awards for Special People in West Michigan
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Bridget Meyers, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Guests: Luisa Schumacher, West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology
Earl (Win) Irwin, Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties
 

September 17, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan Policy Forum Wrap-Up
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Guests: Senator Patty Birkholz, Michigan State Senate
Larry Williamson, Comcast
 

September 10, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan MSU Alumni Association
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Mike Frey, West Michigan MSU Alumni Association
Gary Mescher
Chris Brown
 

September 03, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan Policy Forum
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Jared Rodriguez, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Guests: Doug Rothwell, Business Leaders for Michigan
Dr. William Anderson, Professor of Political Science
Mo Rocca, Greater Talent Network
 

August 27, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan Policy Forum
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Andy Johnston, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Guests: P. J. O'Rourke, P. J. O'Rourke - Official website
 

August 20, 2010
MainTopic: Going Green
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Abby Albers, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Ellen Markel, Holiday Inn - Downtown Grand Rapids
 

August 13, 2010
MainTopic: Chamber App and Cloud Computing
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Phil Hageman, Target Marketing / SouthComm, Inc.
Ryan Leetsma, ISI IT Solutions
 

August 06, 2010
MainTopic: Saint Mary's Healthcare
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Katie Holerand, Saint Mary's Healthcare
Lindsey Blair, Saint Mary's Healthcare
 

July 30, 2010
MainTopic: Business Trends, Business Intelligence
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Renwick Brutus, Achievement Resources
 

July 23, 2010
MainTopic: Communications from the Inside/Out - Chamber U
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Andy Johnston, Director, Legislative Affairs
Guests: Amanda Rogalski, Viastore Systems
Lola Audu, Blogging Seminars
 

July 16, 2010
MainTopic: Minority Expo ... Why Minority Business?
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Diversity Initiatives & Programs
Guests: Carlos Sanchez, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 

July 09, 2010
MainTopic: Educator in the Workplace
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Chris Glass, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

 
July 02, 2010
MainTopic: Patriotism
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Denny Gillem, Grand Rapids Community College
 

June 25, 2010
MainTopic: DeVos Children's Hospital
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Tom Hanley, DeVos Children's Hospital
 

June 18, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan Policy Forum
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Jared Rodriguez, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
 

June 11, 2010
MainTopic: West Michigan Sports
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Mike Guswiler, West Michigan Sports Commission
 

June 04, 2010
MainTopic: Chamber Open - How to Network on the Golf Course
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Patti Butcher, Blythefield Country Club
 

May 28, 2010
MainTopic: Good News Friday
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Bridget Meyers, Programs & Events Coordinator
Guests: Dick Ortega, Alternative Mechanical
Kateri Johnson, Cortexx Salon
Scotty Peterson, El Barrio
 

May 21, 2010
MainTopic: Marketing
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Mike Murphy, JW Messner
 

May 14, 2010
MainTopic: SCORE - Grand Rapids, MI Chapter 642
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Ernie Birge, SCORE Counselor - www.scoregr.org
 

May 07, 2010
MainTopic: Social Media
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Jennifer Crowley, Highland Group of Grand Rapids
 

April 30, 2010
MainTopic: EPIC Awards
Chamber Golf
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Bridget Meyers, Grand Rapids Chamber
Craig Rich, Grand Rapids Business Journal
Beth Short, DW Associates, LLC
Denise Hamill, Integrated Resource Solution
Erin Lindsay, McFadden's Restaurant
 

April 23, 2010
MainTopic: Silent Observer - May 4th Roast of David Van Andel
Family Business Alliance - May 11th event on Exit Strategies
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operating Officer
Guests: Chris Cameron, Silent Observer
Tony Gates, Classic Rock 97 WLAV
Ellie Frey, Family Business Alliance
 

April 16, 2010
MainTopic: Talking West Michigan
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Doug Small, Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau
 

April 09, 2010
MainTopic: HealthCare Reform
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Andy Johnston
Hugh Hufnagel, Next Hill Consulting
Mark Lemoine, Spectrum Health
 

April 02, 2010
MainTopic: Water, Sustainability Efforts
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Andy Johnston
Sen. Pat Birkholtz
Culligan Water
 

March 26, 2010
MainTopic: Chamber and the West Michigan Community
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Open Discussion
 

March 19, 2010
MainTopic: Google Fiber and Brian Kelly Photography
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Pete Brand, Google Fiber for Grand Rapids
Brian Kelly, Brian Kelly Photography
 

March 12, 2010
MainTopic: Chamber University Topic - Cultural Intelligence
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Dave Barrett, Cascade Engineering
Jonse Young, GR Community Foundation
Chad Beyer, Inculsion Works
 

March 05, 2010
MainTopic: Think Spring - Think Green ... Cleaning
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests: Jeff Meulendyk, Grand Rapids Commercial Cleaning
Scott Boles, Bissell
Dan Gowdy, Hope Network
 

February 26, 2010
MainTopic: Social Media
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Pete Brand and Mike Yoder from
Mindscape at Hanon McKendry
 

 
February 19, 2010
MainTopic: Leadership Development
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests: Steve Faber, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Liz Keegan, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
 

February 12, 2010
MainTopic: Travel with the Chamber
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Doreen Bolhuis, GYMCO
Ed McKenna, Collette Vacations
 

February 03, 2010
MainTopic: Surviving the Doldrums of Winter - Support Local Businesses
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests:
John VanderHaagen, Grand Rapids Griffins
Frank Abissi, Higher Ground Rock Climbing
Ed Ladwig, Westgate Bowling Center
 

January 27, 2010
MainTopic: Government Affairs
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests:
 
 

January 20, 2010
MainTopic: Community Leadership & Corporate Training
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guest:
Faye Richardson, Steelcase
 

January 13, 2010
MainTopic: Family Business Alliance
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Ellie Frey, Family Business Alliance
Rachel Mraz, Merrill Lynch
Bob Roth, Roman Manufacturing
 

January 06, 2010
MainTopic: Sustainability Progress in Grand Rapids
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests: Anna Heaton, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeanne Englehart, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Schlett, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc
Jeff Remtema, Progressive AE


 

2009  Radio Shows

 
December 23, 2009
MainTopic: Interview with 2010 Annual Meeting Speaker
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest: Bill Taylor, Author / New York Times Bestseller
 

December 09, 2009
MainTopic: Education in Grand Rapids
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guest:
 

December 02, 2009
MainTopic: Handling Complaints & Disagreements in a Professional Setting
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guest:
Barbara Rappaport, Principle with Real-time Perspectives
 

November 25, 2009
MainTopic: Tech Talk - Technology for Businesses
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Guests:
Paul Hillman, Partner at C/D/H
Mike Ritsema, i3 Business Solutions
 

November 18, 2009
MainTopic: Economic Benefits of West Michigan's Non-Profit Sector
Hosted By: Linda Zizos, Vice President of Membership Development
Guests:

 

November 11, 2009
MainTopic: Getting Involved with the Political Process
Hosted By: Laurie Forte, Chief Operations Officer
Andy Johnston, Director of Legislative Affairs
Guests:
Sandi Frost Parrish, Kent County Commissioner
Jennifer Kalczuk, The Rapid - External Relations Manager
 

November 4, 2009
MainTopic: Early Childhood Initiative
Hosted By: Kevin Stotts, Vice President of Community Leadership
Guests:
Amy Turner-Thole, First Steps and Issues
Tony Campbell, United Way Schools of Hope Program

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