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Meet the Sales Team

DeVos Place® is a premier convention center located in downtown Grand Rapids. Nestled beside the Grand River, the picturesque riverfront setting is the perfect backdrop for your convention, tradeshow, meeting or any event. DeVos Place offers a unique combination of meeting and exhibition space to accommodate a variety of events. The convention center features a 162,000 square foot, column free exhibit hall, 40,000 square foot ballroom and 26 individual meeting rooms (32,000 square feet). Twelve spacious loading docks (with a wash bay and marshaling area) on Michigan Street allow for easy access into the exhibit hall. Two loading docks and a ramp on Lyon Street provide access to the ballroom.

DeVos Place has an exceptional sales team, experienced event coordinators, helpful staff and is located along the Grand River with views of the beautiful city skyline. Meet the DeVos Place sales team and book your next event with us.

Kathy Bart, CMP CTA

Director of Sales & Event Services, DeVos Place
Regional Director of Sales, ASM Global
Alma mater: Olivet College, where Kathy played softball & was first team All-Conference MIAA in soccer

Hobbies: golf, hanging by the pool & yardwork
Favorite thing to cook: Cook? I am on my way to get our takeout
Fun Fact: Was part of an improv group & have done stand up
Go to Karaoke Song: La Bamba or I Will Survive

Named “Best Supplier” in Michigan Meetings + Events magazine’s 2020 Hall of Fame

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Jen Henkel, CTA

Senior Sales Manager, DeVos Place
Alma mater: Western Michigan University

Hobbies: reading, hiking, trying new breweries, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, going to Broadway musicals
Favorite thing to cook: cakes & cookies
Fun Fact: I hiked The Narrows at Zion National Park and I also love Disney World
Guilty Pleasure: Young adult fantasy novels
Favorite GR Restaurant: Condado Tacos

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Connor Woodruff

Sales Manager
Alma mater: Northwood University

Hobbies: Love exploring different restaurants around the city
What is your favorite thing to cook?: Anything with pasta
What is your guilty pleasure: Anything chocolate, love to treat myself after a workday
What's on Your Bucket List: Backpacking around Europe and exploring the different cultures/foods.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Grand Rapids?: Stella's Lounge - love grabbing a burger and a drink

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Emily VanDyk

Sales Assistant
Alma mater: Davenport University

Hobbies: spending time with my husband, son and corgi, Luna! Also loves volunteering at the theater, listening to TV rewatch podcasts & traveling.
If you could bring a fictional character to life who would it be?: Grogu from The Mandalorian
Fun Fact: My husband proposed to me on top of a mountain in Japan
What's on Your Bucket List: swim with dolphins
Where is your favorite place to eat in Grand Rapids?: Sushi or Ramen from Maru Bridge Street

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