• 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.”

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

Karen Totaro returns to the Midwest to run Detroit’s Huntington Place.