“If you knew everyone's story, you would love them.” - Emma Stone

Cynthia McMullin

Director | Consulting and Special Projects

Meet Cynthia

What I Do at Southwest Michigan First

I manage large-scale events for our economic development clients across the U.S. and beyond who engage with Southwest Michigan First’s consultant division, Consultant Connect. As part of my role, I advise economic development organizations on how to create memorable experiences unique to their region as they share their community vision with expanding businesses. I believe every story is better told through the art of hospitality, shared experiences and the love of food and drink. Cheers!

Why I Love Working Here

The overwhelming dedication and passion of the Southwest Michigan First team to create regional impact keeps me showing up for work each and every day.

My Favorite Thing About Living in Southwest Michigan
Local restauranters’ passion and commitment to innovation makes me excited to support local talent the best way I know how—with my fork!

Top Moment Working Here

Following the completion of the first event I curated, I overheard an attendee say, “Wow! I didn’t realize how much I needed that.” This memory serves as a continuous reminder to me that each detail matters, especially the small ones, and may resonate with someone in a life-changing way.

When I’m Not at Work, You’ll Find Me…

On the weekends, my husband’s and my absolute favorite activity is to enjoy Michigan’s lake life and take in the peaceful, natural beauty our state has to offer. We spend our time with our family and friends in Onekama, Michigan on the water or intensely putting together a puzzle.

My Alma Mater

  • Western Michigan University, B.A. Communications

A Few Things About Me

  • Favorite Condiment: Butter…it makes everything taste better!
  • As a Child, I Wanted to Be: A Pharmacist
  • Favorite Beverage: Margaritas
  • Favorite TV Binge Watch: Below Deck
  • My Hidden Talent: Puzzle Piece Organizer