iBall 2014 February 25

Thank you to everyone who joined us for iBall 2014. Check out our Facebook photo album. More pics coming!


Presenting Sponsor: steelcase_logo

Honoree Sponsors:  FerrisStateUniversityLogo  KCAD_vertical_1.5in


Title Sponsor: Michael and Sue Jandernoa

 Article on MLive right here.

We will honor the following community leaders:

WMCAT Award for Innovation:

JCK Portrait resizeJohn Kennedy, President & CEO, Autocam

John’s belief that all Autocam associates should share in the company’s success with exceptional wage and benefit programs makes the company an employer of choice at all of its operations.

The entrepreneurial success of Autocam prompted John to become active in a number of educational and community organizations, including Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan Ross School of Business’ Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lacks Enterprises, the Van Andel Institute, the Acton Institute, and Grand Rapids University Prep Academy.


WMCAT Award for Imagination:

Rick_DeVos_2013_0148 resizeRick DeVos, Founder ArtPrize and Start Garden

In 2009, Rick DeVos founded ArtPrize, a simple social experiment designed to see if artists and the public could engage each other in a new way. The scale and energy of the event rocketed it into debates all over the art world, in urban planning circles and the global press.

He is also the Founder and CEO of Start Garden, a unique venture seed fund that invests in very early stage companies. Start Garden partners deeply with individuals and businesses to access knowledge and resources.


WMCAT Award for Inspiration:

Teresa Weather Neal JPEG photoTeresa Weatherall Neal, Superintendent Grand Rapids Public Schools

Teresa is a proud graduate of Grand Rapids Public Schools, a district for which she has worked for 35 years, starting as a student employee.

She has a love for both the students of Grand Rapids and the city itself. In her State of the Schools Address, Teresa said, “These are our students, our schools, and this is our City.”



Big thanks to our Media Sponsors:

rapidgrowthlogojpg     WGVU_Logo


Thank you to the following TABLE sponsors:

Craig and Robin Tiggleman   Scott and Natalie Bernecker

amway-logo1 GRCC  gvsu   Meijer  applause

plenty PNCCORPLOGO varnum      eastern floral       pioneer logo

spectrum_health_logo   bcbsm    Progressive-AE-Logo


rhoades-mckee-color    Mills-Benefit-Group-logo-final



And the following Friend Sponsors

Comerica Bank (Super Friend Sponsor)

Lake Michigan Credit Union (Super Friend Sponsor)

Saint Mary’s Mercy Health (Super Friend Sponsor)

Acton Institute

Cascade Engineering

Tripp and Kellie Corl

Custer Inc.

John Hunting

David Hytinen

Jim and Cheryl Knight

Elizabeth Welch Lykins and Jerry Lykins


Reagan Marketing and Design

Rockford Construction

Schuler Books and Music

Shutterwerks Media

Zack and Lisa Vandenberg

Wondergem Consulting

We have great sponsorship opportunities including friend, table, honoree, and title. Please contact Louise “Punky” Edison for more information.