Benjamin Elgrably, General Manager
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.
Mariesa Colavincenzo, Catering Sales 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
Kaylyn Cabot, Catering Sales Coordinator
Kaylyn grew up in Manistee right along Lake Michigan. In 2013 she moved to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University, and in 2016 she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Having always been interested in weddings and event planning, Bay Pointe Inn was the perfect career choice. She started working as a Banquet Supervisor that following spring, and during summer of 2018 she was offered the Catering Sales Coordinator position.
In her spare time Kaylyn loves being outdoors, practicing yoga, spending time with loved ones, and making sweet treats.
Fun Fact: She really enjoys fishing with her dad – with his help she was able to reel in a 16 lb. brown trout off the big lake!
Ashley Nadeau, Catering Sales Manager
Ashley grew up in Richland, Michigan and currently lives in Kentwood with her husband Ryan and children Dylan and Ellie Mae. 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 Hickman, Catering Sales Coordinator
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!
Kyle Dumkow, Restaurant 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.”
LoQuisha Beasley, Restaurant Chef
LoQuisha or Chef Q, grew up in West Michigan and currently lives in Middleville. She is a mother and grandmother, has an associates degree in Culinary Arts, and an Advance Personal Chef certificate from Secchia Culinary Institute. She found her passion for cooking as a child helping her grandmothers cook and bake.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, working on her house, traveling, trying different restaurants, and just about all things summer. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, and her granddaughter, which of course includes sharing her love for cooking.
Fun Fact: Chef Q has a garden about the size of the Terrace Grill and cans her own salsa every year.
Jay Smith, Banquet 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.
Jamie Reau, Banquet Manager
Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Jamie is an avid explorer and loves to travel. Because of that, she has spent time living in some really cool places like Orlando, Charleston SC and outside of Yellowstone National Park. With a heavy background in the service industry, she has worked in both restaurants, bartending, and hospitality. For the past two years, she has been the banquet supervisor here at Bay Pointe Inn, working closely with brides and other clients in coordinating the day of their events.
Moving back to the area to be closer to family, she lives in Plainwell, MI. Her free time is spent reading, binge watching tv series, and spending a lot of time with her nieces and nephew.
Fun Fact: Jamie used to be on a singing team called America’s Pride while in high school and had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem when the Olympic torch came through the city, and for a presidential campaign rally!