Our Members

Michelle Steffes

CEO, Founder - IPV Consulting

After over 2 decades of leadership and 10,000 hours of study in the science of human behavior, Michelle L Steffes has perfected a formula for developing high performers. Her clients consistently report both professional & personal victories, a healthier culture and higher productivity.

Michelle has partnered with individuals as well as companies of all sizes to develop customized, cutting-edge practices, designed to train leaders and teams from the inside out leading to profitable results.

She utilizes cognitive methods that accelerate intrinsic growth, increase performance and transform self-defeating mindsets.

Featured in national media and multiple publications, she is the Founder and CEO of IPV Consulting®, IPV Group Coaching®, and the creator of the 5 in 5 Performance Coaching Program©.

Her newest book and daily podcast, “Your Journey to Greatness Through Routine” have already been adopted into companies looking for real change.

Alix Criswell

GRBB Secretary
CTA, Associate Broker

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Patriot Realty
Hello–and thank you for your interest!

In 1991, I chose Grand Rapids to be my home. I love it here and have never looked back.

But I learned some things when I bought my house in 2001. First of all, I learned that treating my home buyers and sellers as I would like to be treated is the underpinning of my work as your real estate agent. I added to this my 20+ years of sales experience and developed a philosophy for working with clients that lets me help you move smoothly through the negotiations of the buying and selling process.

My goal is premium customer service for my clients. This includes providing you with well researched Buyer’s and Seller’s Packages so that you are able to make the informed decisions that are right for you.

To assure your agent is always up to the minute on current trends and practices in real estate, I continually seek out sources of information and credentials. Consequently, I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and have earned the Graduate Realtor ® Institute’s GRI designation. The latter required 90+ credit hours of education. In January 2014, I earned my Associate Broker license.

On the personal side, I have experience as a volunteer police officer, and enjoy beading jewelry for myself and as gifts for friends and relatives. My idea of relaxing is to take a walk or curl up with a cat and a good book.

When you are ready to buy or sell a property, “Ask for Alix” and get ready for a great real estate experience!

Bobby Brewer

Owner

Bobby Brewer is the owner of Brew’s Creations in Floral is a family run business and a full-service florist. We can do every-day arrangements or special occasions like birthday, anniversaries, get-well, weddings, funerals, graduation parties, corporate events, holiday parties, proms and homecomings. Our specialty is creativity and unique floral designs and the best in customer service and hospitality. You presently may use a local florist and we understand that. We would like a chance to win you over to Brew’s Creations by trying us for a month or two, or for a couple of orders and see if you don’t notice “The Brew Difference”. What is “The Brew Difference”? We are glad you asked!
  • Personalized Creations
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Unique and Creative Designs (“Outside the box/bouquet”)
  • Highly Competitive Pricing (We’ll work with you to fit into your budget)
  • Willingness to Go the Extra Mile(s)
  • Great Availability & Flexible Hours. Many times by appointment only!
  • Unique Stems of Flowers and Greens (Found in our East Grand Rapids Garden)
  • Keen Attention to Detail

Deb Timmerman

Chief Resilience Officer

Deb Timmerman RN, HTP. DAIS, TCEPL, MMT, CSME, HMCT is Chief Resilience Officer for Deb Timmerman and Associates, LLC., a company helping people prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, challenge or adversity. Timmerman, a Registered Nurse, specializes in tools and strategies to calm the nervous system, reduce energy drains, discern and connect with to the body’s innate healing potential and help people the discover the secrets to a calmer, more peace-filled life.

She has met the requirements of education, training and experience to achieve the designation of Diplomate through the American Institute of Stress and holds certifications in mindfulness and meditation education, Tai Chi Easy® Practice Leadership, is a Synergy Certified Stress Mastery Educator, and HeartMath Certified Trainer.

Debbi Coleman

CWDP: BES, CBSP - Hope Network

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Debbi’s current passion for Wheels to Work and GoLux have allowed her to fulfill the needs of West Michigan’s employers and job seekers. Transportation is no longer a barrier to work. Wheels to Work and GoLux are expanding into additional counties in Michigan and elsewhere. Wheels to Work is a ride-to-work program for those with transportation barriers or for those looking for reliable and affordable transportation. GoLux is an affordable chauffeured driven travel experience that is also handicap accessible.

Debbi Coleman has been involved with community projects most of her adult life. She has been instrumental with developing programs such as; West Michigan Community Health Check, a free senior medical assessment program, Community and Outreach Programs for the University of Michigan, setting up the University of Michigan’s Quality Improvement Programs and expos, and currently Hope Network’s Wheels to Work and GoLux transportation initiatives. Debbi has presented on a national level regarding Customizing Hiring for Employers and Incorporating a Diverse Human Capital, in addition to Hiring Those with Criminal Histories or Disabilities. Debbi has been recognized for her efforts by winning the National Quality in Human Resource Practice Award from CUPA. In addition Leslie is referral partner with SendOutCards.  The main goal of SendOutCards is to help people act on their promptings, whether in their personal or professional lives. In a digital age, meaning and emotion can get lost in online posts, messages, and emails. SendOutCards merges the traditional handwritten letter with the digital world so that you can create tangible heartfelt messages for anyone in the world.

Jen Smits

GRBB Board Member
Owner & Photographer, Fresh Start Studios

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Fresh start studios⁣Fresh Start Studios is bringing your brand into focus by helping build visual content for entrepreneurs, and small businesses across west Michigan while also welcoming portraiture clientele!

Build your following and potential reach with beautifully curated photography, videography, and social media content with Fresh Start Studios. Receive discounted rates for monthly sessions to keep your content fresh.

Click, capture and share with Fresh Start Studios wide range of services which include: Photography Services Videography Services Drone Services Digital Branding Services: – Content Creation – Content Calendar – Content Planning – Instagram Engagement – Branding – Print Design – Canva Graphics – Scheduling Posts – Hashtag Research – Network with Influencers

Jenn Maksimowski

GRBB Board Member
Advertising Director, Gemini Media

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Jenn Maksimowski is the Advertising Director at Gemini Media. She helps her clients Attract new prospects, Engage leads and GROW their business with integrated marketing plans. Jenn is a dedicated and innovative leader with a proven track record in leadership, management, communication, training, mentoring, sales, and business development. Gemini Media is the publisher of the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine, Michigan BLUE and Gemini Digital Studio.

Keith Morgan

President, All Clean Again LLC

I’m an accomplished Small-Business Owner and President with over 20 years of experience providing business management leadership in a number of industries. 

I have extensive experience in all aspects of operations management including marketing, sales, operations, human resources functions, accounting, and team leadership. 

I enjoy creating valuable partnerships and work well with people at all levels of an organization including senior management, team members, vendors, and customers. 

Technical Skills: 

QuickBooks, CSM Software, Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint

Rose A. Coonen

Attorney; Coonen Law, PLLC

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Rose concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, probate and bankruptcy. In recent years, Rose has focused her estate planning practice on serving the special needs community and helping people with disabilities and their families to achieve the maximum level of independence while preserving public benefits and planning to enhance their quality of life. Coonen Law, PLLC is committed to personal service and advocacy while providing legal services in a cost-effective manner.

Rose has practiced law in the West Michigan area since 2004 and is actively involved in the community. She has served on various non-profit boards in the past and currently serves on the board of The King’s Table Ministries. Rose is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University teaching business law.

Tamsen Bolt

Fashion Stylist

In a world where first impressions count, feeling comfortable and confident in one’s appearance is important. As a Professional Stylist, I utilize the Cabi Collection to help women find clothing that fits their personality, lifestyle and desired professional image. Cabi fashion is classic, yet trendy in style. It is made with quality materials, precise construction and designer details that make it unique and desired in the marketplace.

I provide private styling appointments at my Cabi Showroom in Rockford, Michigan or in the comfort of your home or business office. This is ideal for the busy executive, who does not have time to shop, yet needs fashionable clothing for their business lifestyle.

I also present the Cabi Collection to small groups of women in the privacy of their home.. I work with each guest individually to help them find garments that will fit and flatter, as well as, mix and match to create multiple outfit options.

A portion of cabi’s proceeds go to our Cabi Foundation which supports women in need globally. To date we have donated $58 million USD in clothing and funding, provided 16,906 small business loans to female entrepreneurs in undeveloped countries and supported the education of 3,330 Rwandan children. From distributing clothing to local communities affected by natural disasters to empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries, Cabi is passionate about serving and investing in women across the globe.

Gwyn Harnish

United Bank of Michigan

Gwyn Harnish is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional and the Vice President of Marketing for United Bank of Michigan. A graduate of Davenport University, she has over thirty years of experience in banking and is proud to work for a local community bank. Gwyn is passionate about financial literacy and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Gwyn believes that a positive and supportive environment for networking and information sharing is vital to both personal and professional success.

United Bank of Michigan, which has served West Michigan since 1887, is committed to excellence in the delivery of a wide array of financial services, including mortgage lending, commercial lending, insurance and investments. The locally owned and operated bank has 11 full-service locations. Because United Bank is based here in West Michigan, we know our customers and what they need in a bank. From checking and savings accounts, to online and mobile services and home loans, our friendly financial experts are here to help you succeed! Sure, we’ve grown since 1887, but we’re still small enough to know your name when you come in the door, and we still believe that our success depends on your success.

Scott Hayes

Executive Consultant

Scott Hays has a passion for people! He began his career as a high school wrestling coach, then went into retail leadership where he spent almost two decades driving performance through his people. He has always been fascinated with how to drive and motivate people while getting the best performance out of them. It wasn’t until he came across the Predictive Index that he was able to put actual science behind it. Now, he works as a certified partner of the Predictive Index, helping businesses and organizations apply PI’s assessments to hire and inspire employees and candidates (aka Talent optimization). Using the PI Behavioral Assessment allows you to hire candidates who are hardwired to be a great fit, to design teams that perform like magic, and to manage employees in a way that pushes them to perform at the top of their game.

Michael J Mandeville

Zhem Productions

Zhem Productions provides real communication, real experiences, real memories, and real connections through DJ services, event planning and organization, photography, graphic design, social media marketing, consulting and more. DJ Zhem strives to create memorable experiences for your event through DJing and emcee services. MjZ Photography captures memories, specializing in event and marketing photography as well as graphic design services. Z+ Technology is Social Media Marketing management and technical consultation at your level. Whether it’s experiences, memories, communication, or connection – Zhem Productions seeks to provide an authentic, positive, and palpable service.

Matthew P Van Dore

President - Matrix Printing & Mailing

Matrix Printing & Mailing has been servicing the southeast area of Grand Rapids since 1995. We offer all types of print media, from brochures and mailers, to banner, signs and ad specialties. We also edit and print several books and mail nationally for representatives that cater to the alternative medicine field and also do a high volume of mailings for a large fundraising group.

Yelena Wells

Elite One Media

Yelena Wells is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Elite One Media. She has a passion for helping businesses develop and grow their marketing strategies. Through Elite One Media, she offers a wide range of internet marketing services including graphic design, web design, social media marketing, Google Street View virtual tours, 360° marketing and Search Engine Optimization. The marketing strategies she implements keep businesses competitive, credible, and connected in the digital world.

Elite One Media creates compelling branding, beautiful graphics and responsive websites for your business. Elite One Media develops customized social media platforms for your audience through creative and engaging content management and distribution. Elite One Media creates and maintains Google business listings and improves local SEO with virtual reality content through Google Street View technology. Please contact Yelena Wells for your online marketing consultation.

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