Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence founded in 2009

(GRAPE) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides
learning, collaboration, and social networking opportunites for Grand Rapids professionals.

Our Slogan:
“Educate, Connect, & Inspire”

Our Value:
“Learning that Inspires Excellence!”

Our Vision:
“To be the center of influence in the professional community for fostering integrity, camaraderie, service, and education for growth & positive influence in the Greater Grand Rapids area.”

​Our Mission:
“To build a community of professionals who inspire others to reach their fullest potential; personally, professionally, and neighborly!”

Our Goal:
“To be the number one business networking group in West Michigan!”

GRAPE seeks to create a ‘Community of Excellence’ for Grand Rapids Area Professionals. By doing so, we hold up our community’s best as shining examples for others to aspire to. 

Founded in February 2009 by Dan Banta and John Potter in an effort to combine daytime networking with presentations by local thought leaders. John M Potter assumed leadership of the group in September 2013. GRAPE became a state-sanctioned nonprofit in May, 2014 and a formal 501c(3) nonprofit in May, 2015.

There are no membership fees required. There are ticket sales for select events.