Many know Eddie Tadlock as the Assistant GM at DeVos Place Convention Center and Performance Hall. In addition to his professional responsibility, Tadlock is quite an advocate for Grand Rapids, as well as diversity and inclusion at several local nonprofit organizations.
Community service has always been a part of Tadlock’s life, beginning as a Boy Scout and Explorer as a young child. He continued building on that commitment into his adolescence with Special Olympics coaching and then through his career, focusing on multiracial inclusion and the region in which he lived.
Feeling like he can really make a difference in West Michigan, Tadlock explains, “This is where Seattle was 15 years ago. This is a great opportunity.” As a former resident of Seattle, Tadlock brings his penchant for community advocacy to Grand Rapids.
With a few years beneath his belt in Grand Rapids, Tadlock is a whirlwind to follow -- albeit he does so under the radar. His long-standing relationship with the United Way continues here in our city. Once a loaned executive as well as campaign chairperson, he now resides on the Board of Directors at the Heart of West Michigan United Way.
He is also involved with the Downtown Alliance, Bl2end, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Multiracial Association of Professionals, International Association of Venue Managers and the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball. But that’s not all.
“I’m not looking to build a resume’,” explains Tadlock. “I get involved with things that I’m passionate about.”
And that includes the American Red Cross, of which Tadlock is a 15-year veteran volunteer. In an effort to have every single one of his employees trained in CPR and First Aid, Tadlock became a volunteer instructor so that he could personally train his entire staff at each convention center he managed. That dedication continues today as a volunteer and Board Member and Chair of the Nomination committee at the local affiliate of the American Red Cross.
Grand Rapids is very fortunate to have someone so enthusiastic and steadfast about the community. And you can be too. Want to be a do-gooder like Eddie Tadlock? You can help support the organizations that he is involved with:
• American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball: facebook
• American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids: facebook
• Bl²end Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions: facebook
• International Association of Venue Managers: facebook
• Multiracial Association of Professionals: facebook
Source: Eddie Tadlock
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor