Posted on 17 October 2014.
Red Flannel Festival president Michele Tracy is one of three new members elected to serve on the Michigan Festivals & Events board, a networking partner for event planners, volunteers, vendors and their communities.
The other two new members are Debbie Mikula, Greater Lansing Festival Alliance; and Ashley Rop, Chelsea Area Festival & Events. All three will serve on the MFEA Board of Directors for 2015–2017.
This was Tracy’s 13th year as Red Flannel Festival president. “It’s exciting to be able to represent the Red Flannel Festival on a statewide basis!” she said.
MFEA’s mission is to support and promote festivals, fairs, events, attractions, suppliers and tourism through educations, marketing and networking for the success of members.
Posted in Business
Posted on 23 October 2011.
The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan is pleased to welcome new President/CEO Phil Catlett.
Catlett served as Vice-President and General Manager of area radio stations for more than 20 years, and recently has worked with public media development projects. Phil is excited to be joining the BBB and said, “I am honored to be working with the BBB team, and continuing to grow the vital role of business-consumer trust in west Michigan.”
Nick Hrnyak, BBB Board Chairman, said the search process involved regional and national candidates for the new CEO position. Search committee members received positive feedback about the impact of the BBB in Western Michigan. “We interviewed many highly qualified candidates, and we were impressed by the respect and impact the BBB has earned in Western Michigan.” The non-profit BBB was started locally in 1937 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012 when the national BBB organization celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Ken Vander Meeden, retiring as the President/CEO of the organization he has led since 1992, stated, “It has been my distinct pleasure for 19 years to serve within the BBB system. Having spoken in every one of our 38 counties has reinforced the idea that west Michigan businesses and charities care about right and wrong, fair play, and integrity issues. The organization is in transition and Phil Catlett will be a great addition to our experienced staff and to the future program developments needed to continue our growth in all areas of the region.”
The BBB of Western Michigan serves a population area of nearly 3.5 million people in 38 counties, advancing marketplace standards where buyers and sellers can trust each other. In addition to dispute resolution, reviewing truth-in-advertising problems, and charity evaluations, the BBB encourages and promotes ethical business practices as a neutral third party.
Posted in Business
Posted on 22 April 2011.
As part of Independent Bank Corporation’s senior management succession plan, Brad Kessel assumed the role of President of the Company, effective April 1, 2011, and Mike Magee Jr. is continuing to serve as the Company’s CEO until his retirement at the end of 2012. Mr. Kessel has over 17 years of experience with IBC in a variety of roles.
William Bradford Kessel age 46, was appointed Executive Vice President Chief Operations Officer of Independent Bank in September 2007 in conjunction with the consolidation of IBC’s four bank subsidiaries. He joined Independent Bank Corporation in 1994 as Vice President of Finance. In 1996 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Branch Administration for Independent Bank, a position he held until being named as President and CEO of Independent Bank in 2004 (prior to the consolidation of its four bank subsidiaries). Mr. Kessel received his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and his MBA from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Kessel is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Mr. Kessel stated, “I am honored and very appreciative of the Board’s confidence in me. I am excited about the opportunity to lead our experienced and talented employee base in serving the customers of Independent Bank and recognize the challenges that lie ahead in our collective efforts to improve the value of our shareholders’ investment in our Company.”
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