Grandville Jenison Chamber Board of Directors Ballot
In accordance with Article IV, Section 3 of the Grandville Jenison Chamber Bylaws, the following *individuals are recommended to serve as a Board of Director for a 3 year term. The vote will take place at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.
Board Members serve voluntarily to share their individual talents to make a positive contribution, examine all issues and review goals to ensure the sustainability of the chamber for years to come.
This year we asked our Candidates and serving Directors to answer the following Questions:
Why do you choose to serve? What other professional or volunteer associations are you a part of? What is one of your favorite events?
*Terri Prince, United Bank – Board Candidate for 2018-2020
Having lived and worked in this community over the last 30 years, I have seen and experienced the benefit of all the Grandville/Jenison Chamber has to offer businesses and their owners. I am very honored to have the opportunity to give back and share in the Chamber’s mission by serving on the board.
- Other Professional /Volunteer Associations
Junior Achievement Volunteer ( in the Jenison area) for the last 15 years | Hand2Hand Ministries | Active Member and volunteer in many areas at my Church (Chapel Pointe) | Eastern Ottawa County Silent Observer Program Board Member |
Serve as a volunteer at JPS in the Business Department reviewing business plans & performing mock interviews
One of my favorite programs/events is the Community Awards. We recognize individuals in our communities that make a difference but this is also where the students ( both Jenison /Grandville) are awarded scholarships. I feel it is very important to recognize these areas as they may be upcoming business owners in our communities. Not to mention- all of these areas work together to make our communities better and stronger
*Paul Simon – Big Boy – Board Candidate 2018-2020
I have lived in the area for all of my adult life, my kids go to school here, I have multiple businesses that thrive here. I have been a member of the chamber for quite a few years and I know first hand that Sandy and Heather do a great job. It will be a fun adventure to work with them and help them keep the ball rolling.
Other Professional/Volunteer Associations:
Big Boy Franchise Marketing Board | Boy Scouts Merit Badge Counselor | Michigan Nursery Landscape Association |Snow & Ice Management Association | Multi Unit Franchise Association
One of my favorite programs is working with John Schwalm and the Business Program students at Grandville High School. The kids have a wide range of ability and knowledge and it is fun to coach them, especially when you can tell them something and see the lights go on behind their eyes. That youthful energy and passion is great to see.
Executive Board Ballot
Upon installation of Board of Directors, the Board will vote to accept the following to serve on the Executive Board for a one year term
“I have enjoyed working with business owners in the Grandville and Jenison area to promote both communities and build a stronger base of locally owned and operated businesses. As a graduate of Grandville High School, a current resident of Jenison, and a practicing attorney in Downtown Grandville, my roots run deep around here and it has been a joy to serve on the board of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to partnering with you to make Grandville and Jenison a thriving, vibrant place to live, work, and conduct business.”
Vice President , Steve Miedema, Kent Record Management Inc., Term: 2018
Having been born and raised in Jenison and now living in Hudsonville, I can’t think of a better local community to support. I love the people, I love the businesses, and I love the communities. Now my kids are raising their families in the Grandville / Jenison area because they have found the same things.
I serve as the Board President at the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling in Grand Rapids and the Vice Chairman of the Admin Team of my local church. I love Music in the Park
Treasurer , Eric Gibbs Nauta, Steensma Accounting Services, Term 2018
Serving on the board is rewarding in that it facilitates open networking between members, organizations, and the community. This environment cultivates opportunities for professionals and business to grow and thrive. One of my favorite events that encourages this is the Annual Chamber Golf Outing.
Secretary , Dave Tosh, Grandville Trailer Term 2018
I’m honored to be serving on the Board of Directors for my second year and this year on the Executive Board. I believe that growing relationships between businesses help to create healthy growth and community. I look forward to bringing my 25 years experience as a business owner to the table and learning from other board members. I also serve as president of Teens Encountering Christ (TEC). I have been involved with TEC for over 10 years, it’s is a weekend retreat program for high school students that is very near and dear to my heart. I really appreciate that the Grandville Jenison Chamber takes time to notice students that are excelling in school, they are our future.
I also serve : Senior Resources, Past Vice Chair, BOD | West MIchigan Healthcare Network – BOD | Care Management Awards -Steering Committee, BOD
Ribbon Cuttings are an excellent way to welcome new members to the community and network with area businesses. ”
Directors Currently Serving
Cheryl Thomas, Cheryl’s Cottage Home & Clothing Boutique Term: 2018
As a new member to the Grandville/Jenison Chamber I have found everyone to be so supportive and friendly. Within a short amount of time of being a member, business has increased and very beneficial in learning new business techniques within the business community. I look forward to working with the Chamber and helping other retailers and businesses grow with this great community that we live in.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board because I believe in the mission of the Chamber and its impact on small businesses and the Grandville Jenison community. I value the way that the Chamber fosters community and business collaboration. Involvement in meetings and events allows me to engage with some of West Michigan’s finest and to build valuable relationships!
Kelly Gayle, Florentine Ristorante/Lounge Term 2019
We have been part of the Grandville community since 1971. It’s time for us to give back some of our time and help in any way that we can. I am a member of the American Legion and I volunteer when needed. I really don’t have a favorite event. Each meeting and event I attend, I always learn something from someone. I’m blessed to be a part of this.
I look forward to serving on the Grandville/Jenison Chamber Board to give back and serve the two communities that have supported Ottawa Kent Insurance for over 40 years. Both of these communities have very positive things happening in each of them and look forward to helping the residents and businesses continue to succeed
Director, Tom Kraal, Excel Electric Term 2019
The Chamber Board offers the opportunity not only to better get to know other local business professionals, but also gain a deeper knowledge of what else is taking place in our community. Whether it’s a discussion with local elected officials, or a report from our school administrators, we are all collectively trying to make a connection and difference to the individuals and families that we, as businesses, serve.
ABC- Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.| HBA- Home Builders Association Lakeshore | NFPA National Fire Protection Association | NFIB- The Voice of Small Business | American Subcontractors Association
The golf outing is always a personal favorite, but watching businesses and the community come together with a quality parade or a Tuesday Music in the Park theme night are also hard to top. Another favorite is a Grand Opening or Ribbon cutting— it’s a great way to see and welcome new business and local expansion in our neighborhood.
Ken Krombeen, City of Grandville ; Dan Carlton, Georgetown Township; Roger Bearup, Grandville Public Schools; Tom Tenbrink, Jenison Public Schools