Derek Coppess from 616 Development wins award

2:34 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Grand Rapids (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Business Journal named their Newsmakers of the Year Wednesday morning. 

The awards ceremony at Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park celebrated business leaders in West Michigan that used 2013 to set records in the area's economy.

This year the GRBJ awarded 10 winners for different sectors of the economy.  Then named Derek Coppess, from 616 Development, the overall Newsmaker of the Year.

According to Coppess, he cannot take full credit for the award.  "There is a lot of inspiring stories in this room. We are just one of the many. We started with a vision and that vision attracted some smart people who I surround myself with every single day."

Start Garden received the first ever Grand Rapids Business Journal Impact Award, as the project having the greatest long term economic impact on the region.

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