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Create Great Business: West Michigan Minority Contractors After Hours
West Michigan Minority Contractors After Hours events provide attendees the opportunity to connect with peers and gain potential business referrals. These social hour events provide a platform for buyers to connect with local minority-owned business construction professionals, as well as remove barriers for smaller construction companies to enter the market.
This month, we’re excited to hear from Drew Sorenson, Project Manager at Wolverine Building Group. Drew will be speaking about an upcoming expansion project at the United Methodist Community House, Inc. This expansion will include an older adult activity center, early childhood education center, and a 92-unit affordable senior rental apartment community. The entire apartment community will include a community room, office space that will include the leasing office, and resident services activities and shared laundry facilities. We will also be joined by Carla Moore, Chief Operations Officer of United Methodist Community House to hear about the organization’s mission and impact in our community.
Join us on Tuesday, March 15 to learn more about this exciting project and network with others involved in contracting and the skilled trades!
Tuesday, March 15
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Center for Community Transformation
1530 Madison Ave SE
Members: $0 / Non-Members: $25
Meet the Speaker:
Carla Moore, Chief Operations Officer, United Methodist Community House
Carla Moore is an accomplished nonprofit executive with more than 20 years of experience transforming and growing nonprofit organizations. Initially hired 2010 as the HR Manager, she was quickly promoted to Director of HR and additionally promoted to oversee Funds Development, and Marketing. Carla has elevated the Agency’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures. She currently serves the United Methodist Community House (UMCH} as Chief Operations Officer, Promoted to the position in 2013, Carla lead the Agency during the former CEO’s 18 month absence, gaining the confidence of the Board, staff and community partners. She prides herself on the relationships she has been able to build. Over the past seven years, Carla has played a key role in UMCH’s significant growth with a focus on strategic planning, organizational capacity, operational efficiency, volunteer management, and branding. She has created and formalized critical systems; driven budget expansion; strengthened board leadership; and increased community visibility. Prior to UMCH, Carla had a successful 15-year career with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, progressively increasing responsibilities at two branch locations.
Drew Sorenson, Project Manager, Wolverine Building Group
Drew Sorenson is a project manager with Wolverine Building Group who has completed many historic renovations, commercial construction, and multi-family projects. He is passionate about inclusion and community development, with a focus on projects that promote underserved populations in West Michigan. Drew is currently overseeing a renovation for the Disability Advocates of Kent County and a new facility for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative. He recently completed the historic restoration of Eastern Elementary School into Emerald Flats, an affordable housing project in NE Grand Rapids.
Interested in sponsoring West Michigan Minority Contractors in 2022? Please contact Omar Cuevas to learn more.