• After 20 Years, Bob Snyders Retires From Experience Grand Rapids

     
    POSTED June 15, 2017
     

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.

After earning a bachelor's degree in business at Cleary University and gaining 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Snyders joined Experience Grand Rapids and took responsibility for booking agricultural, fraternal, government, military and religious-focused conferences and meetings to the Grand Rapids area.

“Throughout his career, Bob has been a dedicated team member and helped bring more than 500 meetings to the city of Grand Rapids, generating more than 350,000 attendees and $245 million in economic impact,” says Bennett. “A few noteworthy groups include the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, Religious Conference Management Association and Grand Convention for the Grand Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His knowledge and enthusiasm will be missed.”

Snyders’ plans for the future include spending time with his grandchildren, traveling and volunteering in the community.

“I’m excited to start this next chapter in my life,” says Snyders. “I’ve truly enjoyed working at Experience Grand Rapids and I look forward to seeing how the organization and city grow in the years to come.”

Forget about sibling rivalry and let’s hear it for brother-and-sister achievement. On November 3, Mark Ware and Liz Ware of Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island were honored by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) with the 2021 Hospitality Star of the Year Award. Mark is the CEO of the 18-acre, 241-room property, while Liz holds the key position of vice president of sales and marketing.

 

“Beer City USA” mixes business and pleasure at meeting venues large and small.

Headquarters to more than 130 international companies—including such global giants as Amway, Steelcase and Herman Miller—and home to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, ranks as a natural destination for corporate gatherings. What’s more, the city’s reputation as a center for fine and performing arts, outdoor recreation and craft beer lures plenty of leisure travelers as well. 

 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

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