Good Company: The Podcast
When you live in Grand Rapids, you’re in good company.
The Grand Rapids area is home to an array of colorful individuals – creatives, professionals, people looking to make a difference, social influencers, and even the newbies in town with a cool backstory. Tune in as we explore these stories one guest at a time… while drinking Michigan-made craft beer!
S2 Episode 13: The First VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Metro Health-University of Michigan HealthJul 22, 2019
S2 Episode 9: J.D. Loeks on Studio Park & the Impacts of Leadership Grand RapidsMay 9, 2019
J.D. Loeks didn’t think he would be living in GR and working for his family’s business, but after a few years in Denver he moved home and fell in love with the company. Now serving as President of Studio C, J.D. has led the charge on the company’s latest development: Studio Park. This exciting […]
S2 Episode 8: State Representative Tommy BrannMay 3, 2019
State Representative Tommy Brann has been working in the restaurant business since the age of 17. At the age of 19, Tommy opened his restaurant “Tommy Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille.” He is also an author and song writer, detailing the hard work needed by small-business owners in the book “Mind Your Own Business,” […]
S2 Episode 7: Ruben Ramos of R & R Mechanical ServicesApr 16, 2019
From getting picked on as kids to becoming first-generation business owners, twin brothers Ruben and Rolando Ramos know the value of hard work. Ruben sat down with Anna Young, Digital Content Specialist, and Dante Villarreal, Vice President of Business and Talent Development. They chatted about why it’s important to engage with and give back […]
S2 Episode 6: Chamber VP of Gvt. Affairs Andy Johnston Interviews Brad Williams, His Counterpart at the Detroit Regional ChamberMar 29, 2019
On this week’s episode of Good Company, we hit the road and headed to Lansing where Andy Johnston interviewed his counterpart at the Detroit Regional Chamber, Brad Williams, Vice President of Government Relations. They cover the great bacon vs. sausage debate, the Gordie Howe International Bridge, and the upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference – all while […]
S2 Episode 5: Cannabis Beat Reporter Dishes on Recreational Marijuana in MichiganMar 19, 2019
In December 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Chamber staff sat down with Amy Biolchini, Cannabis Beat Reporter for MLive, to learn more about what this law means for Michigan residents and employers… all while enjoying The Hemperor HPA, purchased from the Craft Beer Cellar!
S2 Episode 4: Jeff Cranson on the Polar Vortex, Plowing, Potholes and PolicyMar 4, 2019
On another American Spirit edition of Good Company, we sat down with Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation. We talked about the polar vortex, plowing, potholes and policy, all while enjoying Long Road Distillers Dry Gin from Bridge Street Market. Check out the project video Jeff refers to here: youtu.be/r-XtvC9lPd4
S2 Episode 3: Bob Roth of RoMan Manufacturing on Finding and Attracting TalentMar 1, 2019
On this week’s episode of Good Company, we sat down with Bob Roth, President & CEO of RoMan Manufacturing, to drink Founders Solid Gold and discuss talent in the workplace. When employees understand the why of a company, and are given the opportunity to have a voice in the why, it can make all […]
S2 Episode 2: Erik Lauchiè of Carbon Stories on Being a Young Entrepreneur and Why Grand Rapids is GreatFeb 13, 2019
We sat down with Erik Lauchiè, Founder and Creative Director of Carbon Stories, where he shared his experiences as a young entrepreneur and his ambitions for the future. We enjoyed Dang! That’s Good soda from Martha’s Vineyard.