If it weren’t for the dedication, persistence, and sheer hard work of these fine folks, the Downtown Market would have been just an idea.
Assistant County Administrator: Kent County Administration
Wayman is the Assistant Kent County Administrator with management responsibilities for various departments, collaborations, and initiatives. He leverages the County’s resources to serve the broader community.
CEO: West Michigan White Caps
Lew Chamberlin is the Managing Partner and CEO of Whitecaps Baseball, and was instrumental in bringing them to West Michigan in 1994. He was also one of Michigan’s Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Civic Leader, Creative Specialist, Designer
Melissa is a designer, mentor, learner and strategist. She has a background in architecture and design, working for Design Plus Inc., (now Progressive AE), where she became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Immediate Past Board Chair
CEO Kayem Dunn, LLC
Kayem is a non-profit consultant, providing organizational growth, board development, and strategic planning services. She is also an urban enthusiast, and was the first woman appointed to the Downtown Development Authority Board.
Executive Chairman: Founders Brewing Co.
John is Executive Chairman and Partner at Founders Brewing Company, one of the premier craft breweries in the US. He has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry as Founding Partner of Locus Development.
Estate Planning: Varnum LLP
Dirk is a Partner at Varnum Law in its Estate Planning Practice Group. He provides legal experience and counseling for a range of basic to the most sophisticated estate plans and assists clients as their needs change.
Owner/Partner: Sibsco, LLC
Charlie has been an influential business professional for nearly 20 years, while also building relationsips and developing businesses around the world. As Owner/Partner of Sibsco, Charlie works in property management, commercial real estate investment, and asset management.
Board Vice Chair
President: Experience Grand Rapids
Doug is President and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids and the city/county’s tourism chief. He is responsible for creating an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits Grand Rapids.
President/CEO: Promote Michigan
Dianna is President and CEO of Promote Michigan, a public relations and marketing firm with over 10 years of experience advocating for regional food and beverage products, organizations, and events. She is also a freelance writer for the food and travel industries.
Vice President of Business Services: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
In April 2017 Dante joined the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Business Services from the Michigan Small Business Development Center, where he spent 11 years as the Regional Director for West Michigan. Dante earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University and brings the Chamber 20 years of experience in economic and business development, including owning his own business.