Kelly Quinn named new DBA director

Big Rapids native wants to think outside “BR Box” 

BIG RAPIDS — Downtown Business Association members decided on a familiar name when it came time to determine a new director– a name that’s even on a downtown business sign.

Local musician and paralegal Kelly Quinn is the new DBA Director after interviewing for the position on Tuesday, April 14.

Quinn, a Big Rapids native, was thrilled when she discovered the position was open.

“I have such a great passion for our city,” Quinn said. “Being raised in Big Rapids, my dad opened Quinn’s Music back in 1969 and my roots go way back.”

Quinn wants the Downtown Business Association to think outside the “BR box” and expand its horizons on downtown’s potential and what the DBA could do for members.

“I’m looking forward to planning events and breathing new life into what’s happening downtown,” Quinn said. “I want to see downtown grow and change. I want to go out and find new businesses to bring to Big Rapids and fill our store fronts. I look forward to working with all the board members. They are great people.”

DBA board members cited her hometown roots and work as a paralegal as key assets.

“Kelly has deep local roots and a vibrant personality and passion for Big Rapids,” said John Milan, DBA vice president and Preferred Office Machines owner. “She’s shown with her legal work in the past she can do the administrative side of the job really well. Every candidate had their strengths, but she was so passionate about growing downtown.”

Quinn said her attention to detail and experience with organizing events makes her well-equipped for the position.

“I am knowledgeable with planning events and know what people are looking for. I can connect them to the right people,” Quinn said.

DBA President Randy Ostrander said Quinn’s passion for Big Rapids was the primary reason why she was hired.

“Her first words in her interview were, ‘I love this town.’ She then went on to explain how she grew up here and is totally invested in the community,” Ostrander said. “You need someone who is not just living here, but someone who loves this community.”

Quinn is excited to work with downtown business owners and reinvent how surrounding communities view Big Rapids.

“The people are by far the best thing Big Rapids has going for it,” Quinn said. “They’re so passionate about this town, just like I am. When you have people like that who are successful and intelligent people who want what you want in a town, that’s something you can believe in. I want to see people have success downtown, and I’m looking forward to the position.”

 

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