About Hello West Michigan

We promote West Michigan as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work. We seek to increase the rate of success member companies have in their efforts to recruit top talent. Through our members and collaborations with other regional organizations, we help new residents find their fit in West Michigan.


Are you a Candidate thinking of relocating?

We bring all of the information to one place. All of the questions that should be asked during a relocation are answered here on our website. Hello West Michigan is unlike any other organization and we have the resources to help candidates make the right decisions as they progress through the relocation process.

Here’s a quick tour of how to use our website.

Why West Michigan

Why do people choose West Michigan? Search category subjects that interest you. Also be sure to check out profiles of people who have relocated here and see what their journey was like.

Our Communities

Do you have a specific city or county in mind? Learn all there is to know about that community.


Find companies ready to assist you with your relocation needs. Also find apartment search sites.

Work Here

Search for jobs and learn about our member companies. Visit the networking page to learn about different groups in town that you can plug into. But first things first, drop your resume in our Candidate Database and we will follow up with you.



Are you a business that needs help with talent attraction?

In 2007, the Chief Information Officers Council, a peer roundtable convened out of The Right Place, realized they were all having the same problem at their individual companies: they couldn’t find the talent they needed for the jobs available. In addition, if they relocated candidates from outside of the area (and invested substantial financial resources into the relocation), the new hires were leaving after 6 – 12 months.

The CIO Council didn’t want to just discuss the problem, they wanted to solve it. So they started Hello West Michigan.

At our very core, Hello West Michigan was created to educate potential candidates about the West Michigan region and show them why it is such a great place to live and work. Read on to see how we achieve this.


Rachel Bartels
Rachel BartelsExecutive Director
Jessica Kuster
Jessica KusterProgram Manager
Olivia Windorf
Olivia WindorfMarketing and Web Intern

Board of Directors

Ann Harten
Ann HartenHWM Board Chair
VP of Global Human Resources
Haworth, Inc.
Dave Veneklase
Dave VeneklaseHWM Treasurer
Executive Vice President for Organizational Development
Davenport University
Angela Huesman
Angela Huesman
Vice President of Talent & Innovations
Lakeshore Advantage
Will Maurer
Will Maurer
Head of Talent Acquisition/Talent Branding
Jessica Ann Tyson
Jessica Ann Tyson
JA PR Group
Angie Wittkowski
Angie Wittkowski
Manager Enterprise Leadership Development and Corporate/North America/LATAM Talent Development
Cindy Brown
Cindy Brown

Vice President of Talent Initiatives The Right Place

Katie Born
Katie Born
Senior Manager of Talent Experience
Open Systems Technologies, Inc.
Shana Lewis
Shana Lewis
Executive Director of Talent Acquisition
Mercy Health
Pamela Ries
Pamela Ries
Chief Human Resources Officer
Spectrum Health
Stephanie Naito
Stephanie Naito
Vice President of Talent Management
Ulli Bowen
Ulli Bowen
Bowen Associates