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About CAA

Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority

The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) is the seven-member board that administers DeVos Place®, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena®. The CAA was established on March 29, 2000 by the City of Grand Rapids and County of Kent under the Convention Facility Authority Act, Act 203 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1999.

CAA Meetings: Schedule, Agenda Packets & Meeting Minutes


To encourage economic development within the West Michigan region, create jobs, and provide facilities for the entertainment, enjoyment, and/or benefit of the citizens in an economical manner by developing and operating convention, entertainment, and sports facilities within Kent County.

CAA Diversity Statement

The future of our region depends on our ability to embrace change and leverage diversity through leadership, education, employment, suppliers, and continued community support. We believe that diversity is critical to our business strategy and will improve our competitiveness and prospects for long-term success.

CAA Vision Statement

To foster an inclusive environment in which the unique talents and perspectives of each individual are respected, valued, understood, and leveraged.

CAA Diversity Business Rationale

The demographics of West Michigan continue to change. Additionally, our client base is extending beyond our immediate area. West Michigan continues to change. It looks different than it did five, ten, or more years ago and it will continue to evolve over the next decade.

These differences mean substantial benefits for DeVos Place®, Van Andel Arena®, and DeVos Performance Hall. People of different backgrounds bring unique perspectives to the business challenges facing our community.

Greater diversity enhances our ability to innovate and maintain a competitive edge. This ultimately benefits our employees, our valued customers and our community.

Community Inclusion Group Mission Statement

To guide the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention Arena Authority in establishing a visible commitment to diversity that will support our vision, our business strategies, our board behavior, relationships with customers, suppliers, and our communities in a manner that enables our organization to reach our full potential and, in so doing, maximizes value to our clients and the community we serve.

CAA Board Members
Please see below.
Richard Winn
Richard A. Winn, Chairman
AHC Hospitality
County Appointee
Krista Flynn
PNC Bank
State Appointee
Mayor Bliss
Hon. Rosalynn Bliss
Mayor, City of Grand Rapids
City Appointee
Birgit Klos
Birgit M. Klohs, Vice Chair
New Community Transformation Fund
City Appointee

Michael B. Verhulst
V2 – Verhulst Ventures; Pure Architects
CVB Appointee
Lew Chamberlin
Lew Chamberlin
West Michigan Whitecaps
CVB Appointee
Stan Stek
Kent County Board of Commissioners
County Appointee

In Memory Of

Floyd Wilson
Floyd Wilson, Jr.
Pinnacle Construction Group
CVB Appointee

We would like to express our gratitude to Floyd Wilson, Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority board member, for his contributions to our venues and our community. Our deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones. Wilson was an incredible individual and will be sincerely missed by all.

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