On June 14, 2022, the Grand Rapids Chamber hosted the West Michigan CEO Summit, inviting leaders from area organizations and businesses to come together for a day of networking and learning. Our team also spent the day interviewing top West Michigan leaders. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing these episodes each weekday at 7am. This week, we released interviews with 5 West Michigan leaders:
Greg McNeilly, President & CEO, Windquest Group
Greg McNeilly has the responsibility of overseeing the Windquest Group’s diverse portfolio of companies in industries like manufacturing, food and beverage, and more. Greg has a unique opportunity to answer the question: Why Grand Rapids, because he works with companies and individuals both in Grand Rapids and around the world. We also had a chance to ask Greg how his company has overcome obstacles like the talent crisis and inflation.
Joel Rahn, Vice President of Commercial Banking, Independent Bank
Joel Rahn has been working with Independent Bank for over 30 years. As the Vice President of Commercial Banking allows him a unique angle to learn what businesses are struggling with in our current economy in the areas of inflation, talent, and more.
Johnny Brann, Owner, Kitchen 67
Johnny Brann is the Founder and Owner of Kitchen 67, a locally owned Bistro in Grand Rapids. It’s no secret that running a restaurant has its own unique sets of challenges, especially in the post COVID era. Jonny and host Connor Smithee have a unique discussion on how restaurant owners are overcoming top issues like talent and inflation.
Joe Chamberlin, CEO, West Michigan Whitecaps
Joe Chamberlin is the CEO of the West Michigan Whitecaps. , except for the player side which is managed by the Whitecaps
In his position, Joe oversees all of the operations for the Whitecaps. While the player side is managed by the Detroit Tigers, Joe has the job of making sure everything else is running correctly for the Whitecaps to play ball. Chamberlin has family ties to the Whitecaps and is excited to wake up every day and work in the world of baseball. Host, Connor Smithee and Chamberlin talk about what goes in to managing a baseball team, including how to his team is overcoming today’s top issues.
Mike VanGessel, Founder & CEO, Rockford Construction
Mike hasn’t just seen Grand Rapids grow over the past few decades, he’s helped BUILD that growth. He cofounded and built Rockford Construction into one of the largest construction companies in the area. We had a chance to ask him how he’s helping his company overcome top issues, and why he’s proud to be a Grand Rapidian.
The Back to Business CEO Summit Series is sponsored by Davenport University.