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
Kaushik Nag
Kaushik Nag
Strategic Recruitment and Talent Management


Cindy Brown
Cindy Brown

Vice President of Talent Initiatives The Right Place

Katie Born
Katie Born
Director, Talent Acquisition
Shana Welch
Shana Welch
Regional 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
William Scarbrough
William Scarbrough
Executive Director
Varnum LLP
We are a membership based organization funded by member companies and their annual dues. In fact, we are the only employer-driven organization dedicated to talent attraction and retention in the country. Other organizations might say they work on “talent,” but typically this means they are running a short-lived advertising campaign, or held a mixer event once to introduce people.

No one does what we do, all day, every day.

Membership with Hello West Michigan provides a measurable ROI by enhancing member companies’ talent attraction and retention efforts, saving the time needed to develop resources to support this crucial process, and synergizing the talent efforts of the entire Hello West Michigan membership.

  • Supporting the region’s talent attraction initiative
  • Benefit from the increased regional awareness, contributed to by our out-bound marketing
  • Comprehensive website, the only hub of regional information for relocation, covering both lifestyle and career
  • Resume sharing for significant others and candidates interested in relocating
  • Custom company profile on our website to showcase you employment brand
  • Access to member job portal and candidate database
  • Networking with talent acquisition and recruiting professionals across the region
  • Custom relocation packs and community printables
  • Education and training programs, including the highly successful Recruiter Roundtable and ReThink West Michigan
  • Member discounts with vendors and education members
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Membership is offered on an annual basis at any time of the year and is renewed on your anniversary date.

Membership pricing is based on employee count in West Michigan.

  • 1 – 10 employees $250
  • 11 – 49 employees $500
  • 50 – 99 employees $1,000
  • 100 – 199 employees $2,500
  • 200 – 499 employees $5,000
  • 500 – 1,499 employees $10,000
  • 1,500+ employees $20,000

Membership Form

To join, please return your completed form and company logo to:

The Right Place, Inc.
125 Ottawa Ave. NW Suite 450
Grand Rapids, MI 49503