Friday Tours

***Because of the nature of the companies we will visit, the tours are limited to 60 students. Students will be broken up in three teams of 20, and each group will be able to tour all three spots. You MUST register for Friday to save your spot. Spaces are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.***

On Friday, conference attendees are invited to join GV PRSSA on three PR department tours around downtown Grand Rapids. We will be touring the following places:

Helen Devos Children’s Hospital
Opened in 2011, the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital is the first children’s hospital in West Michigan. On this tour, you will tour a state of the art hospital, while also hearing from Community Relations Director, Tom Hanley, on what it is like to promote a product that no one ever wants to need.

MLive Media Hub
Opened in February 2012, the new headquarters of MLive Media Group, this hub houses reporters, photographers, and every thing else needed to run one of Michigan’s largest media networks. Meet with Entertainment Editor, John Gonzalez and be some of the first to see this brand new, innovative news networks.

Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Started in 1998, LE&A has positioned itself as one of Michigan’s prominent public relations firms. They specialize in everything from investor relations, health care and consumer products. LE&A has offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit.


Tentative Schedule

8:30am – 9:00am Check-in at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
9:15am-9:30am Welcome/Team leaders
9:30am Leave Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
10:00am-11:00am 1st Tour
11:00am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:00pm Travel time
1:00pm-2:00pm 2nd Tour
2:00pm-2:30pm Travel time
2:30pm-3:30pm 3rd Tour

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