March 22-24, 2019
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Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Interior Design

Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Interior Design

Lauren Figueroa is founder and principal designer at Lauren Figueroa Interior Design (LFID), which is quickly gaining recognition as the latest up and coming design firm in West Michigan, furnishing and remodeling the homes, lake houses, and high rise condos of successful professionals in West Michigan, including East Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, and Traverse City.

As the highest rated and most reviewed interior design firm on google in West Michigan, their goal is to save busy professionals the headache, time, and decision fatigue that comes with managing a design project from top to bottom. Their clients range from lawyers, accountants, and medical professionals, to university professors, businesses owners, and book editors, so they understand the value of time and a straightforward, transparent process.

A recent client sums it up, saying, “Lauren’s design skills are fantastic, as you can see when you view the gorgeous photos of her projects. What you can’t see, and what is just as important, is that she’s a dream to work with. Lauren is energetic, positive, and always willing to go the extra mile when it means making a client happy. Can’t recommend her highly enough.”

Lauren is energized by emerging partnerships with local artists, tradespeople, and other businesses in the growing city of Grand Rapids. She believes that building a sustainable business is about good systems, local partnerships, and good relationships: with your clients, vendors, partners, and community. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber, the Economic Club of GR, is an active member of Local First, proudly sponsors St. Cecelia Music Center, and is involved in several other organizations in Grand Rapids. Learn more about LFID at www.LFdesigns.co.

Jenn Fillenworth, Jenny with the Good Eats

Jenn Fillenworth, Jenny with the Good Eats

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, has always had a passion for food which included everything from how food is grown, to cooking techniques, and it’s nutritional content and how it relates to chronic diseases. Jenn followed this passion for food by obtaining her bachelor’s in dietetics from Michigan State University, a Master’s in Human Nutrition from Central Michigan University, and her Personal Chef Certificate from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

She spent several years working as a clinical dietitian before deciding to return to a more hands-on approach to food and nutrition. Jenn wanted to master both the art of teaching nutrition but also understanding the science of cooking. She has been working as a freelance culinary dietitian which includes recipe development, food photography, being a culinary instructor, participating in various media, and so much more.

Jenn has appeared on numerous television programs and has also been featured on several nationally known websites and blogs such as TheKitchn.com, INSIDER, “Eat This, Not That!” and Shape.  She frequently partners with many local Michigan food companies and serves as an ambassador and partner of The United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

For more information on Jenn, visit jennywiththegoodeats.com

Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Cara Middleton, owner of Freshwater Vacation Rentals, will speak to both guests and owners about the ever-changing vacation rental industry. For owners, Cara will reveal how to maximize your second home investment. She will explain how to do it yourself, when to ask for help, strategies and common pitfalls of the industry. With fourteen years of experience, you will gain knowledge of the legality surrounding vacation rentals, how to ease anxious neighbors, and how to jump over Michigan tax hurdles. In addition, Cara will give renters suggestions on how to pick the perfect vacation rental, what to look for, and how to avoid extra fees. With tips from her own personal practices, realistic examples, and the occasional funny story, you will be sure to enjoy exploring the vacation rental industry.

Donald Engebretson, Renegade Gardener

Donald Engebretson, Renegade Gardener

It’s one of the hottest trends in gardening, and in this concise and authoritative talk, Don presents not just the products and procedures but the best plants and design tips to create an essential sanctuary for pollinators as well as our larger feathered friends. Be it at your cottage or lakefront home, doing your part to help these vital members of the environment brings sound, movement and beauty to yours.

Neil P. Jansen, Mika Meyers Law Firm

Neil P. Jansen, Mika Meyers Law Firm

Neil P. Jansen received his bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Michigan State University in 1984 and his law degree from Wayne State University in 1988, where he was a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team and Chancellor of the Moot Court Program. Neil practices in the areas of civil and real estate litigation, probate litigation, estate planning and eminent domain. He is a member of the Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan and the National Order of Barristers. Neil is also a board member for Camp Blodgett.

Expertise in Environmental, Real Estate along with Trusts and Estates makes Neil a great choice to share about Cottage Succession Planning.

Sand Pirates, Janet and Kirk Schrader

Sand Pirates, Janet and Kirk Schrader

Janet Schrader is the founder of Sand Pirates: Sand Sculpting, Photography, & Beach Art, started in 2006.  Along with her husband, Kirk, she spends her summers on the beaches of Michigan, teaching, sculpting and enjoying all that the lakeshore has to offer.

After successfully fighting a severe battle with cancer, Janet found comfort walking the shoreline of Lake Mi. Looking for answers among the beach treasure (beach glass, rocks, fossils, & driftwood) Schrader found more then what she was looking for. What she found was a new way of life, a new philosophy, and a new career.

Come to the show and see in person, how living by the lake has changed her life.

For information on MI State Park and private classes, team building and more, visit SandPirate.net