Mieke is a native of Grand Rapids and, as the daughter of two entrepreneurs, has a deep appreciation of locally-owned businesses and the unique challenges they face. Prior to coming to Local First, Mieke built a nine-year career as an esthetician. After graduating from Grand Valley State University, she took her passion for bringing out the beauty in a person's face and turned it into a passion for promoting the face of an organization. She is inspired by the ways local businesses in West Michigan come together in order to continuously build the community. Mieke enjoys doing almost anything if it's outdoors on a sunny day, but has also been know to ride her motorcycle on a drizzly 45 degree afternoon.
When not at Local First, you might find Mieke at: G.B. Russo's, TerraGR, Spoke Folks, or catching a show at the Pyramid Scheme