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West Michigan Minority Contractors After Hours

Thursday, September 16th | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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West Michigan Minority Contractors After Hours

Calling all contractors! Join us on Thursday, September 16 at Condado Tacos to connect with peers and gain potential business referrals. This after-hours event will 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. Complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided per registrant.

We will be joined by Jacob Kuhlanek, Vice President of Regional Operations at The Christman Company, and Bob Lauson, General Manager of Blackmer, to hear more about the upcoming Blackmer pump manufacturing facility and potential bid opportunities. The project is seeking all types of contractors listed below and bidding will begin 10/18. Attend our After Hours gathering to hear more about the project specifics and get connected!

Mechanical | Electrical | Concrete | Plumbing | Masonry | Painting | Fire Protection | Drywall and Acoustic Ceilings | Overhead Doors | Doors and Hardware | Carpentry | Landscape

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Thursday, September 16
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Condado Tacos
449 Bridge St NW
Members & Non-Members: $0



Featured Speakers and Program Managers

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Jacob Kuhlanek joined The Christman Company in 2001 and serves as Vice President of Regional Operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a 27-year veteran of the construction industry, Jacob has a proven track record of leading large teams and managing large, complex projects. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional and Accredited Tier Designers (ATD). In 2014, he was awarded the Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company’s highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values.

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Bob Lauson grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin and obtained a BSME degree in 1985 from Marquette University. He joined Sundstrand Aerospace in 1982 as part of the cooperative education program and held roles of increasing responsibility from a Program Engineer to Master Engineer. In late 2015, Bob joined the Dover/PSG team as the general manager for the Grand Rapids site which manufactures Blackmer pumps serving a variety of industries including LPG, oil & gas, and general chemical industrial.

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Dante Villarreal is the Vice President for Business and Talent Development at the Grand Rapids Chamber where he oversees the Chamber’s Business Services, Talent Development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs. Dante is active in the community and serves on several boards and organizations including the Family Business Alliance, the Downtown Market, Grand Rapids SmartZone, and Davenport University School of Business Advisory Board.

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Megan Steenwyk is the Business Services Manager at the Grand Rapids Chamber and also manages all of their WMMC programming. Megan is passionate about equitable economic development and currently serves as a leader on the Mayor’s NextGen Advisory Board for the City of Grand Rapids.



About West Michigan Minority Contractors
West Michigan Minority Contractors (WMMC) is a collection of minority-owned, women-owned, and general contractors that aims to provide opportunities to cultivate corporate relationships and new business partnerships among members. Through WMMC, you can develop business relationships, promote your products and services, help strengthen the contractor community in West Michigan and benefit from collaboration with organizations in the larger business community.

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