The Right Place, Inc. recently appointed seven new board members to the 2019 Right Place board of directors, five of which are replacing retiring board members. In addition, the board elected the following officers:

Officers for 2019:

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Sean P. Welsh, Regional President, Western MI, PNC Bank
  • Vice Chair: Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, PwC LLP
  • Treasurer: Dave Staples, President and CEO, SpartanNash

Executive Committee Appointments:

  • Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)
  • Matt Becker, Managing Partner, BDO
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO, Spectrum Health

New Appointments to the 2019 board of directors:

  • Ron DeWaard, Partner, Varnum
  • Steve Downing, President and CEO, Gentex Corporation
  • Krista Flynn, Regional President – West Michigan, Chemical Bank
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO, Spectrum Health Systems
  • Andi Owen, President & CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Jim Teets, CEO, ADAC Automotive
  • Mark Washington, City Manager, City of Grand Rapids
  • Greg Madura, Supervisor, Alpine Township (Suburban Representative)
  • Dave Beemer, COO, Terryberry (Manufacturers’ Council new Chair)
  • Eric Fox, President, Oceana County Economic Development Corporation (Regional Representative)

Retiring from the board of directors:

  • Rick Breon, former President and CEO, Spectrum Health
  • Brian Harris, BTHarris Consulting, LLC
  • David Khorey, Partner, Varnum
  • Bill Manns, President, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston
  • Brian Walker, former President and CEO, Herman Miller
  • Ben Swayze, Supervisor, Cascade Township (time limited term -Suburban Representative)
  • Susan Hatto, Chair, Ionia County Economic Alliance (time limited term – Regional Representative
  • Chris Williams, President & CEO, Medbio (time limited term - Manufacturers’ Council former Chair)

To view the complete list of The Right Place board of directors, please visit