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MBA@Calvin Networking Breakfast with Kyle Van Strien '07

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  • 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
  • Prince Conference Center Willow Room

What's brewing on the West Side?

Story, Place and People: Taking the Long Road on the West Side

Kyle Van StrienKyle Van Strien ’07
Co-founder, Long Road Distillers
Vice Chair, Grand Rapids City Planning Commission

Since graduating from Calvin, Kyle Van Strien has entrenched himself in a previously unfamiliar place. From a college internship at a neighborhood non-profit, to organizing special events in the community, and his involvement with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City Planning Commission, Kyle has been on a journey to create a more vibrant West Side. Now, he is putting his business degree to use as co-founder of Long Road Distillers, one of many exciting new projects in a quickly evolving neighborhood. Kyle will share some of what he has learned about the place he calls home and the people who have helped him shape his West Side story. 

As Grand Rapid’s first and only craft distillery, Long Road Distillers will soon draw much more traffic to the West Side.

Long Road Distillers advocates west side revitalization - the rapidian

Grand Rapids' first West Side distillery of fine spirits could be just months away - Rapid Growth


7:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast, networking

Mike ShermanMindi Johnson

7:50–8:00 a.m.* 

Opening announcements from new MBA co-chairs, Mindi Johnson and Mike Sherman (“The Mindi & Mike Show”)

*Please note earlier start time.

8:00-8:50 a.m.

Presentation, Q&A


Still only $5! Please pay at the door.


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About MBA@Calvin

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  • Prince Conference Center, Willow Room
  • 1800 East Beltline SE
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