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Breakfast with Legislators
Join us on Monday, May 3 as we welcome Randy Thelen, newly appointed President & CEO for The Right Place, Inc., to Grand Rapids and dive into updates at both the local and federal levels. Mandy Bolter, Chair for the Kent County Board of Commissioners, will provide a brief state of the county and Congressman Peter Meijer will share the latest from our nation’s capital.
Breakfast with Legislators events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key decision makers and voice opinions on issues moving forward in Lansing. Networking and facilitated question-and-answer sessions offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities, prompting great dialogue between legislators and Chamber members.
Monday, May 3
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Members: $25 / Non-Members: $35
Meet the Speakers
Chairwoman Mandy Bolter, Kent County Board of Commissioners
Mandy currently serves the community as Chairwoman of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, representing the entire county in her leadership role as well as the 5th district, which includes the townships of Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, and Lowell. In this role, she oversees an annual budget of approximately $416 million dollars to fund the various departments and agencies that serve the residents of Kent County.
Mandy also serves as a Government Relations Advisor at Spectrum Health. She is responsible for working both internally and externally with various local, state, and federal policy makers to assess and analyze the needs of the organization and how potential policies and legislation may affect the System. Additionally, she works with key members of the community to establish working relationships that assist in promoting the Spectrum Health mission to improve health, inspire hope, and save lives.
Congressman Peter Meijer, U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District
Peter is a proud fourth generation West Michigander, born and raised in Grand Rapids. Peter’s grandfather, Fred Meijer, instilled in Peter a love for West Michigan and inspired him to pursue a path of purpose and service.
After graduating high school, Peter enlisted in the Army reserves and deployed to Iraq as a non-commissioned officer, postponing his studies to serve with an intelligence unit at joint US-Iraqi bases in the Baghdad area. After returning from Iraq in 2011 and finishing his studies at Columbia University, Peter joined Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster response organization.
While in the Philippines, Peter accepted a job with a conflict analysis NGO in Afghanistan. Peter ran the NGO’s advisory operations in southern Afghanistan from Kandahar City, managing a large team to help aid workers safely provide relief to the Afghan people. Peter last served as acting Deputy Director for Afghanistan, delivering emergency assistance to aid workers after kidnappings and targeted killings.
After leaving Afghanistan, Peter pursued his MBA at New York University then returned to Michigan to work in urban redevelopment and real estate. A passion for service, and for West Michigan, compelled Peter to continue to serve his community by running for Congress. With the support of his family and wife Gabriella, Peter Meijer was sworn in as the Congressman for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District on January 3, 2021.
Randy Thelen, President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc.
In his new role with The Right Place, Randy leads economic development strategy through collaboration with local, state, and national organizations and stakeholders. His role is central to the organization’s core work of business retention, expansion, and attraction within the community, while aligning with The Right Place’s mission of driving sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity for all in the Greater Grand Rapids Region.