Host: Coach TMB
Guest: Mayor George K. Heartwell
Topic of Discussion: Leading Grand Rapids-The Good & The Bad
Mayor Heartwell's Bio
George Heartwell is the mayor of the city of Grand Rapids, MI. He was sworn in on January 1, 2004 and is currently serving his third term.
Prior to being mayor, Heartwell was a City Commissioner for the third ward of Grand Rapids from 1992-1999. Heartwell currently serves as President and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community. He was Director of the Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas College, where he also was a professor in the Community Leadership undergraduate study program. Mayor Heartwell is an ordained minister for the United Church of Christ, and served for 14 years at Heartside Ministry, a program for the homeless in Grand Rapids. He was previously the president of Heartwell Mortgage Corporation. In August, 2007, Mayor Heartwell was re-elected to a second mayoral term in Grand Rapids. He won the primary election with 51% of the vote, eliminating the need for a general election run-off. He would be reelected for a third term in 2011.