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Megan Riksen

I assist liberal arts and sciences students throughout the job search process.  This includes assisting them in choosing their careers, helping them clarify their career goals, and providing resume and interviewing critique and assistance.  Interventions are provided via individual appointments as well as through classroom presentations.  I also plan and coordinate campus events in which students are connected with area employers, such as semesterly career fairs.

Job Title: Assistant Director, Career Services
Company: Grand Valley State University
College: Grand Valley State University, Master of Edcuation, College Students Affairs Leadership, Allendale, MI
 


Hans Van Baal

I am the new Technical Services Manager at IT Resource, a provider of Information Technology services throughout the state of Michigan.
My new role will consist of overseeing pre-sales engineering, project delivery and professional services, along with employee management & development, sales support, and ensuring customer satisfaction.

IT Resource provides cost effective IT solutions for customers including high level consulting, virtualization, unified communications, messaging solutions, and disaster recovery. Learn more at www.itrw.net.

Job Title: Technical Service Manager
Company: IT Resource
College: Untited Electronics Institute, Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI
 
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Nick Pickrel

At YAC (YourAreaCode) we hook small businesses up with a marketing platform we dubbed Wexting. It enables them to update their website, social networks, emails, widgets and send mobile coupons all with oneclick. We also do custom web design and development. My role is filling key positions within the company with the region's top talent. I also do business development and build social media strategies for our clients. On the side, I co-host TEDxGrandRapids which is an independently organized TED event dedicated to leveraging the power of ideas to change the world. Comprised of West Michigan's leading innovators, catalysts, idea generators, artists, designers, activists, philosophers, and business leaders.

Job Title: Corporate Recruiter
Company: YAC
College: Not Applicable
 


Justin T. Raha

I strive to ensure that my company is a success.  As a business owner I do whatever it takes to please my clients.  I have my hand in everything.  I make and design the wedding cakes, bake pastries and desserts, experiment with new recipes, make deliveries, place food orders, handle the accounting, meet with the potential clients, chocolates and confections, and gluten free baking.  My bakery is a daily operation and requires time and dedication. I enjoy what I do and have passion for my career. I wouldn't change it if I could.

Job Title: Owner/ Pastry Chef
Company: Grand Finale Desserts and Pastries
College: Baker College, Culinary Arts/ Pastry Arts, Muskegon, MI
 


Farris Withers

I joined the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce team as Diversity Program Coordinator. As the Diversity Program Coordinator, I am responsible for promoting, organizing, and helping administer the Chamber's diversity programs, including the Institute for Healing Racism, FACING RACISM and the Multiracial Association of Professionals (MAP).


Job Title: Diversity Program Coordinator
Company: Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
College: Western Michigan University, Master of Arts, Family and Consumer Science, Family Life Education, Kalamazoo, MI
 


Jeff Bell

Mindscape at Hanon McKendry is a company dedicated to helping clients realize success online.  As part of the Mindscape team, I am not only responsible for ensuring that our projects are scoped and scheduled appropriately, but also that our clients are regularly informed of our progress throughout the project.  My work involves scheduling projects, assigning tasks to team members, communicating with clients and helping to manage expectations, preparing weekly status updates for clients, and reviewing deliverables before they are sent to the client for approval.

The work requires excellent communication skills, a good grasp on how web technologies work and how the web can be used to achieve business objectives, solid organizational skills, and a strong passion to learn and keep up with the ever-changing industry.

Job Title: Project Manager
Company: Mindscape at Hanon McKendry
College: Central Michigan University, Public Administration, Mount Pleasant, MI
 


Latricia Trice

I work as the marketing communications director for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. For more than 120 years, the Grand Rapids Chamber has been helping businesses connect, grow and succeed. More than 2,500 businesses -- companies large and small -- are proud to call themselves members. In my role, I am responsible for creating and executing marketing strategies and leading communications and advertising initiatives. In addition, I oversee the Chamber's website and manage the day-to-day operations of the marketing department. My job is fast-paced and there is always a new project to work on, a great fit for my personality!


Job Title: Marketing Communications Director
Company: Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
College: Grand Valley State University, Masters of Science, Communications, Allendale, MI
 


Chauncey Cox

My work involves writing media advisories, press releases and helping to communicate internal and external affairs about Grand Rapids Public Schools.  I also help coordinate special events and photo ops for the district. One of the main aspects of my job is to highlight the positive aspects GRPS has to offer families, students and community members. I thoroughly enjoy the versatility that comes with working in public relations.

Job Title: Communications Technician
Company: Grand Rapids Public Schools
College: Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
 


Jamie Wilcox

I'm originally from Grand Rapids and love this city, so after spending 4.5 years at Whirlpool in Saint Joseph, Mich., I was thrilled to get the opportunity to move back and join a fast-growing company.  At BISSELL I manage the Portable Deep Cleaning business, which includes products such as the BISSELL® Little Green® Spot Cleaner.  On a day-to-day basis I'm responsible for marketing as it relates to new product development, working with sales on retailer relationships and promotions, and developing advertising plans. I love getting the opportunity to participate on cross-functional project teams and to work for a good-size company that still has small-town values.


Job Title: Product Manager
Company: Bissell Homecare
College: The University of Chicago, Master of Business Administration , Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL
 


Pat Pennington

I will be supporting the various technology needs of IT Resource clients, which can range from setting up a new Small Business Server system to upgrading or migrating their current Microsoft Server platforms. I will also provide technical guidance to clients to best help them meet their current and future IT needs.

Having a knowledge base in both Microsoft and VMWare platforms, I am a VMWare Certified Professional (VCP), multiple Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA), and I possess the A+ Certified Computer technician certification.

IT Resource is a provider of Information Technology services throughout the state of Michigan. They provide cost effective, expert level IT solutions for customers including consulting, virtualization, unified communications, messaging solutions, and disaster recovery.

Job Title: IT Consultant
Company: IT Resource
College: Not Applicable
 
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Rob Suarez

I recently joined the firm's Grand Rapids office. I use my fluency in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French to counsel businesses and individuals in matters including immigration, commercial litigation, real estate, estate planning, and criminal matters.
 
In addition, I represent families and individuals with wrongful death and personal injury claims. I also represent veterans in proceedings involving veterans' benefit claims before the Board of Veteran Appeals. I am a combat Veteran and served in the United States Marine Corps and Army before being honorably discharged from active duty.  A Brooklyn, New York native, I received my Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University, and become a sworn law enforcement officer after attending the North Carolina SBI Academy.

Job Title: Lawyer
Company: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge P.C.
College: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, Lansing, MI
 
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Sarah Letang

As a Transportation Representative, I work with the companies that we transport products for (i.e. Hain Celestial) and make sure we are transporting what they want and when they want.

Job Title: Logistics Operations
Company: CH Robinson
College: Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, Kalamazoo, MI
 


Michael J. Weitzman

As the Director of Business Development and Management Info Systems at World Source Tech, LLC I actively lead and engage a sales force of Business Development Professionals and a team of talented web developers, creative designers and programmers.
 
I coach the sales force to develop relationships with small and medium sized companies looking to grow using the internet and helps them recommend the most appropriate web design solution in order to effectively grow the client's business.
 
Additionally, I manage all major projects for the regional office, high level project milestones, and application development by working as a liaison between the development or programming team, sales force, and end client.
 
I am responsible for the overall financial performance and customer service ratings of a regional office and work with our national partners, support call center, and world class data center to ensure we are successful in delivering raving fans customer service with 24/7/365 support.
 
Overall, I take responsibility for the regional World Source Tech office and seek to engage their entire team in recommending and creating web sites that help our clients obtain measurable sales growth with an effective site and proven web marketing techniques.


Job Title: Director, Business Development and MIS
Company: World Source Tech
College: Grand Valley State University, Seidman School of Business, Marketing and Management Department, Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Grand Rapids, MI
 


Amy Heiney

I am the Director of External Relations for UICA. My primary focus will be arts advocacy and raising awareness of UICA's mission and programs to new audiences.  I was most recently an Account Manager at Reagan Marketing + Design. Previous positions include Director of Marketing and Programs at ArtWorks, Tradeshow Events Manager at Herman Miller, Inc and Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Job Title: Director of External Relations
Company: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
College: Hope College, Bachelors Degree, Holland, MI
 


Stephanie Gerling

I started as essentially a front desk assistant. I answered phones, prescreened individuals for our application process, conducted interviews, checked references, and verified employment, along with daily office tasks. Recently I began assisting with payroll for all of our employees as well as placing recent accepted applicants into jobs.

Job Title: Human Resources Consultant
Company: Staffing, Inc.
College: Aquinas College, English/Writing, Grand Rapids, MI
 


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