Meet the Staff:
Originally from Nice France, Benjamin has been in the USA for over 20 years. In what was supposed to be a bag pack adventure for 3 months in 1997 became a great journey in the Land of Opportunity.
Los Angeles California was my home for the first 13 years of my American life where Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts taught me pretty much everything about hospitality. What a great experience!
After meeting Jamie back in 2005, who’s now my lovely wife, we moved to Chicago Illinois in 2010 for a little bit over 2 years to experience some of the best “downtown city living”. We welcome our first child, Noah in 2011 then we decided to move back West and take on the “mountain living” of Park City Utah in 2012 maybe the best experience, so far, of my life where we welcome our second child, Chloe in 2013.
Then we finally decided to settle in closer to Jamie’s family (of course!) in which Grand Rapids Michigan became our home since October 2015. I had the great opportunity to continue my career in hospitality with Bay Pointe Inn since then and I’m looking forward to many more years to come.
Fun Fact: I’m a certified tennis instructor (in France) and when in Los Angeles, Jane Carrey (yes Jim Carrey’s daughter) was my student! She was around 9 or 10 year old then.
Sales Account Manager
Mariesa has worked at Bay Pointe Inn since spring of 2008 and is proud to have been part of the growth and development here. She is originally from Plainwell, MI and went to Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business with a Dance Specialization. She and her husband R.J. now reside on Gun Lake with their 5 year old son Maximo and daughter Grace.
She enjoys traveling, eating good food, being outdoors hiking or snowshoeing, going to yoga and Zumba classes and just living on the lake. She has been doing event planning and sales for over 15 years now and truly enjoys meeting new people and making their dreams happen, whether it be for an unforgettable wedding or an extraordinary retreat or meeting. She looks forward to working with you!
Fun Fact: Mariesa is a certified Advanced PADI Scubadiver
Sales Account Manager
Ashley grew up in Richland, Michigan and currently lives in Plainwell with her husband, Ryan, and their son Dylan. She has a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Hanover College.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, going to the beaches on Lake Michigan and being creative. She also enjoys graphic design, re-purposing old furniture and decorating. Whether you are planning a business meeting, retreat, social function or wedding Ashley looks forward to helping you make your vision a reality.
Fun Fact: Ashley grew up with horses and has done dressage, western, English and hunter jumping!
Juno is originally from Lansing, Michigan and currently resides in Kalamazoo. She worked in the hospitality and event industry throughout college, and graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and General Business.
When she’s not busy planning weddings and social events here at Bay Pointe Inn, she enjoys traveling, reading novels, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Fun Fact: Juno has a black belt in Taekwondo!
Hillary is originally from Delton, Michigan and she currently lives in Plainwell with her husband, Matthew, and two daughters, Charleigh and Kendall. Hillary attended Douglas J. Aveda institute for Cosmetology and Esthiology. She started out as a Guest Service Agent at the Front Desk before moving into the Sales Department as one of our Sales Coordinators.
When she is not helping plan amazing events here at Bay Pointe Inn, she loves camping up in Charlevoix, going on cruises, being involved in Musicals, playing piano, and singing.
Fun Fact: Hillary is a percussionist and played the snare in the drumline. She continues to practice with her Drum Set and Meinl Cajon!
Restaurant and Events Manager
Kyle is originally from Ottawa Lake Michigan. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Central Michigan University.
Kyle lives with his wife Annie in Kalamazoo. They recently married in 2015 and built a house together. In his free time he enjoys riding his motorcycle, checking out different restaurants and bars, and playing with his two dogs “Harley” and “Karma.”
Affectionately known as “Ruby,” Matt was born in Jenison, MI and currently lives in Dorr. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ferris State and Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from GRCC. He began cooking at a young age with his grandfather.
When he is not creating in our kitchen he enjoys spending time with his fiancé Jenna, running, hiking, kayaking, riding bikes and anything on the water. He also enjoys trying out new food and drinks and expanding his culinary knowledge.
Executive Sous Chef
Jay was born and raised in Wayland, MI and currently lives on the lake. He has a BS in Chemistry from Michigan State University and previously worked at a brewery and country club.
He enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, Michigan State (GO GREEN!) and the Detroit Red Wings. He also enjoys fishing off the dock, sipping fine bourbon and taking naps in his hammock.
Planning an Event?
Contact our Sales Team or give us a call at 888-486-5253!