November 11, 2019
As part of our upcoming “When East Meets West” learning program, we are planning a Members Only “Biz Expo” on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2019. The purpose of this event is to enhance unity across our chapter and create more awareness of our member businesses.
Take Home Value
  • Network, collaborate and learn about the companies within your YPO/Gold chapter
  • Share the value of YPO member companies with your family and tam
  • Learn from an amazing keynote resource
  • Celebrate the sacrifice and wisdom of our Veterans through a moving performance and tribute

Why Attend?


  • Members, Spouses/Partners
  • Young Adults: Learn about business, YPO & potential internships
  • Key Executives: Learn about the value of YPO and its business community, network with other member companies, support and assist with the booth
  • Sponsors: Learn about our sponsors and recognize the vital support they provide to our chapter
  • Closed to the public


  • Learn about what your peers do. Our community can be stronger together!
  • YPO does not allow pro-active solicitation. This one-day event is designed to give our members the chance to collaborate and respond "reactively" in a safe and supportive setting
  • Offer exclusive YPO/Gold incentives for products and services to other member companies
  • Build your brand and bring some swag to share with your peers


November 11, 2019
New Vintage Place
889 Broadway Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI

8:00am Exhibit hall open for set-up
3:00pm-5:00pm: YPO Member Expo
4:00pm-5:30pm: Cocktail Reception
5:30pm: Welcome & Dinner
5:45pm: Veteran's Day Tribute & Performance by Adam Mellema

Member Booth Includes:
6x8 Space
6’ Table
2 Chairs
Electricity if needed

Veterans tribute with Adam Mellema

Immediately following our Biz Expo event on Veteran’s Day we have a special tribute to America’s World War II veterans. Adam Mellema will be presenting Stories from the War, in honor of those who served our country in that war.

Here is a short sample of his presentation:

Adam is a Grand Rapids native. Some of you may remember him:

  • At age 10 Adam was chosen by Grand Rapids Fox 17 to host its weekly new show for kids, Fast Forward. Adam was with the show from 1989-1993.
  • Throughout his childhood years Adam was prominent in Grand Rapids’ local and community theatre scene-as an actor, singer and as a storyteller.
  • Adam studied Drama at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, one of America’s most elite Drama schools.
  • Soon afterward he moved to Southern California. For the last 15 years he has been active in Hollywood as an actor, producer, and as a professional storyteller to people of all ages.
During that time, Adam started interviewing WWII vets. Stories from the War are first person accounts of these vets’ respective war experiences - as told to Adam.

When Adam first began doing these interviews many WWII vets were still living among us. Today-even if you include those who lied about their age because they so much wanted to serve the cause-every vet from that war who is still with us is at least 90 years old. Before long they will all be gone.

Adam’s presentation will remind us of their sacrifice. It will be a great opportunity for you, your spouse, and your kids to get some feeling for what this horrific war-worst ever- meant to the young men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. We will forever be indebted to them.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bob Baker & Craig Langbo
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