2254 Old Dominion Ct. SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
November 2019 to November 2023
A 29-year resident of Kentwood, Groce brings more than three decades of operational business and management experience to his role as commissioner-at-large. He is the current academy liaison officer for the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a position he has held since 2012.
Previously, Groce served as a vice president – branch manager for Mercantile Bank, among other roles, and as a financial planner for Prudential Financial. Prior to that, he worked at Steelcase as director of supply chain management, plant manager, manufacturing superintendent, and director of quality and strategic planning. He has also held a number of engineering positions at General Motors and Steelcase.
Since 2007, Groce has been heavily involved with the City of Kentwood, fulfilling previous appointments to the Local Officers Compensation Committee, the Housing Commission and the Planning Commission. He previously served as a 2nd ward commissioner for more than two years.
Groce is committed to collaborating with fellow commissioners on community efforts in partnering with our citizens, schools and businesses to ensure a safe, diverse and fiscally responsible city with economic, educational and cultural opportunities.
Groce holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in management, both from Aquinas College.