West Michigan CEO Council

West Michigan CEO Council 

The West Michigan CEO Council brings together a highly engaged network of business leaders committed to building a great community. Council members play a key role in the development of our shared future by making meaningful connections, participating in a forum to discuss challenging issues, and create opportunities to engage in moving things forward. The council is a natural leadership pipeline, committed to ensuring the inclusion of diverse community, government, education, and business organizations.

Our Purpose: To help drive economic prosperity for West Michigan.

Our 2023 Focus: Gateway for Growth

Immigration is Good for Business and West Michigan

The West Michigan CEO Council exists to drive economic prosperity. Our long-term competitiveness is tied to talent, and a key strategy where the Council can provide leadership on is immigration.

The data is clear: New Americans in West Michigan support talent needs, wealth creation, innovation and a stronger, more prosperous future for our region.

The Gateway for Growth initiative, aligned with goal two of the Kent County Welcome Plan for New Americans and Refugees (opens in new window), focuses on maximizing the potential of New Americans. This goal seeks to harness the talent and skills of New Americans in West Michigan, promoting economic growth and enhancing the region’s diverse business landscape.

Our Commitment

  • Create more awareness of how immigration benefits West Michigan
  • Contribute to both a welcoming environment and thriving economy through employment
  • Assist the business community by putting resources into our own businesses
  • Share and replicate the successes of other businesses – such as the Kindred program at Gordon Food Service that creates long-term employment for refugees

Creating a welcoming community and employment for New Americans and refugees is essential to the prosperity and growth of businesses in West Michigan.

Next Steps

West Michigan CEO Council Members

Nick Adamy | President | Adamy Valuation

Rick Baker | President & CEO | Grand Rapids Chamber

Matt Biersack | President & CMO | Trinity Health

Meredith Bronk | CEO | Graham Allen Partners

Joe Chamberlin | CEO | West Michigan Whitecaps

Anthony Chang | CEO | BAMF Health

Krista Flynn | Midwest Regional Executive | PNC Bank

Eloy Garza | CEO & Managing Member | Garza Labor

Rhonda Huismann | Office Managing Partner | Crowe

Nate Koetje | CEO | Feyen Zylstra

Deidra Mitchell | President & CEO | Waseyabek

Bob Roth | President & CEO | RoMan Manufacturing, Inc.

Dante Villarreal | CEO | Midwest Steel

Ben Wickstrom | President & CEO | Erhardt Construction Company

Doug Young | President & CEO | Behler-Young