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Grand Center Inc. Announces Departure of President Rich Simmons

Rich Simmons, the esteemed President of Grand Center Inc (GCI), has announced his departure from the organization to pursue new interests and spend quality time with his family and friends. Over the course of his tenure, Simmons has achieved numerous milestones and made significant contributions to GCI.

One of Simmons’ notable accomplishments was his instrumental role in establishing a Community Improvement District, which focused on creating a clean, safe, and beautiful district. Additionally, he spearheaded the design and implementation of a comprehensive wayfinding system throughout GCI, enhancing navigation for visitors. Simmons also played a pivotal role in expanding the community banner system and elevating the organization’s marketing and public relations efforts. This included a successful redesign and relaunch of the district website and a deeper engagement with social media platforms.

Under Simmons’ leadership, GCI witnessed the launch of a district mobile application and the introduction of artist-designed and painted fire hydrants, adding a vibrant touch to the district. Furthermore, he initiated plans for a significant upgrade to street and pedestrian lighting, which promises to enhance the overall ambiance of the area.

Simmons’ guidance was particularly crucial during the challenging times brought about by the pandemic, leading to a major reorganization of GCI. As he transitions out of his role, Kim Stelzer, currently serving as GCI’s Chief of Staff, will step in as the interim director. Stelzer has been an integral part of the organization for over three years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position.

While the search for a permanent replacement is underway, Simmons will remain involved with GCI, focusing on the street, pedestrian, and lighting initiatives. The entire GCI team expresses their gratitude for Simmons’ invaluable contributions and wishes him success in all his future endeavors.

For further inquiries, please contact Kim Stelzer at 314-289-1514 or Jeff Kelley at 314-773-7200