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.

Wayman Britt

Board Treasurer

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.

Lew Chamberlin

Board Secretary

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.


Melissa DeVos

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.

Kayem Dunn

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.

John Green

Board Chair

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.

Dirk Hoffius

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.

Charlie Secchia

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.

Doug Small

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.

Dianna Stampfler

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.

Dante Villarreal

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.