Lakeshore Advantage brings new expertise to board

Lakeshore Advantage has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors who bring expertise in tribal economic development, furniture manufacturing, and automotive manufacturing.

Monica King, chief executive officer of Gun Lake Investments, Paul Nemschoff, vice president of global strategy and marketing at Haworth Inc., and Kelly Springer, president and chief executive officer of Metal Flow Corp,. have been elected to three-year terms on the economic development organization’s board.
“These new members are an excellent addition to the Lakeshore Advantage board,” says Neil Boehm, board chair. “They bring a depth of experience in key industries needed to help guide the organization and support our region’s continued economic success.”
King, Nemschoff and Springer will join the 19-member board and help advise on the organization’s strategic direction for a three-year term. The directors set long-term goals and assure adequate funds are in place to fulfill the plan. 

“Lakeshore Advantage board members are carefully selected to ensure our board makeup is representative of the industries and geography we serve,” says Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “These are remarkable industry leaders—our region will be well-served by them.”
Lakeshore Advantage is a nonprofit economic development organization for Ottawa and Allegan counties. It supports primary employers at all stages of development, plans to ensure long-term economic health, solves economic challenges, and identifies opportunities.

In 2022, Lakeshore Advantage supported 33 business growth projects consisting of $2.38 billion invested by local companies and $436.3 million in support funds leveraged in the two counties. Business growth projects resulted in 3,352 new and retained jobs. In addition, Lakeshore Advantage provided economic support to 302 primary employers and 63 startup companies.
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