The West Michigan Global Initiative invites local, national and global leaders to share ideas and foster business, political and cultural relationships between the West Michigan business community and their counterparts in the Netherlands.
We believe that positive change begins with an Ideas grow into sustainabile operations when people work together to create value. This is a universal truth. It is through connecting with others and forming supportive relationships that businesses, foundations and countries are formed and leave lasting legacies. We believe that by creating opportunities for conversations and relationship building that the future businesses and organizations which will restore Michigan's reputation as a global leader. By creating dynamic events with entrepenurial and community focused individuals, the foundations for future economic activity will result. Our belief is that by bringing together business, civic and government leaders that our partners in the economic development, arts and policy spheres will be able to help build sustainable value.
In fall of 2014 WMGI brought a Delegation from the Netherlands to West Michigan with a focus on Food Agriculture and the Medical Device field. During the course of three days the group toured leading businesses in our region, making connections, and lasting relationships. By interacting with other executives in their field of business in a non-competive enviornment, including additional experts in attendence, and facilitating discussions based on subject matter. Participants left with a new perspective and strategic networks relevant across our two nations.
At the culmination of the three day venture we held the very first Heineken House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was said so be the social event of the year. WMGI, stepped away from the standard Gala and opted for a house party downtown Grand Rapids, in the Lofts Apartments, two story parking garage. On one level guests enjoyed music from an artist popular in the Netherlands. On the second, DJ Shannon Wiliams, combined video, light, and sound. All food stations were action stations with beer pairings from Founders Brewery. The only way to get between the two floors, was to be taken by a car freight elevator.
The stage was set for guests to relax and mingle, all the while being decked out in orange.
The Heinenken House was a success due to many factors. The biggest being the participants. WMGI wouldn't be the organization it is without those dedicated to cultivating relationships between the West Michigan business community and their counterparts in the Netherlands.
Jan Peter Balkenende
Former Prime Minister of the
President and CEO,
Haworth (Holland, MI)
President & Founder,
Grey Dunes (Grandville)
Jim and Donna Brooks
The Brooks Family,
Brooks Capital Management (Holland, MI)
RDV Corporation, Senior Managing Director,
Head of Global Private Equity, RDV Corporation (Grand Rapids)
Alexander Collot d’Escury
Desso (Waalwijk, the Netherlands)
Chairman & Managing Partner,
AlpInvest Partners (Amsterdam)
The Carlyle Group (New York)
Paulus C. Heule
Eenhoorn Principal and
Honorary Dutch Consul of
West Michigan (Grand Rapids)
Huizenga Group (Grand Rapids)
Cormorant Energy (Fruitport, MI)
President and CEO,
The Right Place, Inc. (Grand Rapids)
Lincolnshire (New York, NY)
Brendan E. Ringlever
Auke van Scheltinga
TFG Parnters (Pittsburg, PA)
Cor van Zadelhof
Mayor, City of Holland (Holland, MI)