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 3 West Michigan leaders:
Peter D’Arienzo, Chief Executive Officer, John Ball Zoo
Peter D’Arienzo is the CEO of John Ball Zoo. Overseeing a zoo has it’s unique set of challenges. Peter and host Connor Smithee dive into some of these challenges and what he’s excited about for the zoo going forward. It’s never a boring day when you’re in charge of a zoo! This is an interview you won’t want to miss.
Cory Jacobson & Jordan Hohman, Phoenix Theatres
The movie theatre industry had some big hurdles to overcome when the pandemic hit. That didn’t slow down the Phoenix Theatres team from renovating & reopening the theatre in Woodland Mall. With a project that large, a lot of logistics that go into making sure your favorite film gets on a big screen near you. Host Connor Smithee had a chance to interview their Cory & Jacob from the Phoenix team to learn more about the ins and outs of their business.
Elizabeth Rosario, Founder, Grand Rapids Law Group
Elizabeth Rosario founded Grand Rapids Law Group several years ago, and has seen her company grow and expand ever since. Her firm mainly focuses on We talked about some of the challenges she’s helped her clients overcome, and some of the challenges her company’s had to overcome in the era of inflation, talent shortages, and other key issues. We also had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth in first ever Spanish podcast with our Vice President of Investor & Corporate Relations, Omar Cuevas. Both interviews are jam packed with info you won’t want to miss!
The Back to Business CEO Summit Series is sponsored by Davenport University.