The West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) is governed by four officers of the Executive Committee. The WMPF also has a Board of Directors which is a group of business and community leaders throughout the state who support our mission and contribute to the reinventing of Michigan.
Officers of the Board
Executive Committee of the Board
Board of Directors
GERRY ANDERSON, Michigan Energy First (DTE), Grand Rapids
RICK BAKER, Grand Rapids Chamber, Grand Rapids
DOREEN BOLHUIS, GYMCO, Inc., Grand Rapids
JOHNNY BRANN JR., Kitchen 67, Brann’s, Grand Rapids
JEFF CONNOLLY, BCBS of Michigan, Grand Rapids
CRAIG DENOOYER, 633 Group, Portage
DOUG DEVOS, Amway, Ada
JIM DUNLAP, Ret., Huntington Bank, Grand Rapids
BRIAN HARRIS, BT Harris Consulting, Grand Rapids
MATTHEW R. HAWORTH, Haworth, Inc., Holland
JOHN HENDRICKSON, C&H Solutions, Grand Rapids
MIKE HILL, Coldbrook Insurance Group, Grand Rapids
J.C. HUIZENGA, National Heritage Academies, Grand Rapids
TAMMY BORN HUIZENGA, D.O. Born Clinic, Grand Rapids
JOHN INHULSEN, Inhulsen Law PLC, Grand Rapids
MICHAEL JANDERNOA, 42 North Partners, LLC, Grand Rapids
ROBERT KAMINSKI, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Grand Rapids
JASON KEHR, Valley City Electronic Recycling, Grand Rapids
JOHN KENNEDY, Autocam Medical, Kentwood
DAVID KHOREY, Varnum Law, Grand Rapids
BLAKE KRUEGER, Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., Rockford
In 2008, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (GRACC) established the West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) as part of its 120th anniversary. The inaugural WMPF event brought more than 600 business and community leaders to Grand Rapids to unite the Michigan business community.
The conference breakout sessions and speeches by various subject experts led up to the closing session, where attendees participated in real-time voting that targeted specific issues and desired outcomes based on three themes:
- Economic Growth
- Attraction and Retention of Businesses
- Improve Government Functions
These themes were separated into seven subject areas and as attendees voted, the five WMPF policy directives, listed below, emerged as the top ranked results.
The second WMPF event took place in Grand Rapids September of 2010. Again, more than 600 business and community leaders attended and showed their support for moving Michigan forward, this time, attendees came from 24 communities throughout the state. The 2010 WMPF was held during a pivotal election year and the forum gave participants the chance to hear from Michigan gubernatorial candidates.
In 2011, the WMPF became an independent entity. The transition allows the WMPF to continue to advocate throughout Michigan for pro-business policy reform, work with various partners to build a strong Michigan job base through other chambers, business leader groups, organizations and associations.
In 2012, the WMPF convened again with more than 600 attendees from communities throughout Michigan recommitting to policy priorities approved in 2008 and 2010 while adding additional priorities based on the changing policy landscape. The organization’s focus is now squarely focused on creating growth-positive policies in these areas:
- Transportation & Infrastructure