Meet The Team

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Michele Mollard

Sherpa LLC

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Michele is a business coach. She works with entrepreneurs and their leadership teams to teach them how to run their business on EOS, (The Entrepreneurial Operating System™) so that they get more of what they want from their business.

 

EOS is a complete system that uses simple, practical tools to help entrepreneurial leadership teams get aligned on their vision, gain traction, all while becoming healthier as a team. She also helps them overcome common frustrations like; loss of control, not making enough profit or topline revenue, nothing's working, hitting the ceiling, and people issues. 

 

Michele provides a free, 90 Minute Meeting for your team to explore EOS, meet Michele, and see if there's a fit for you and your team. 

Contact Michele at:

269-998-3331

michele.mollard@eosworldwide.com

eosworldwide.com/michele-mollard

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Angela Sanford

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Certified Meeting Planner for Stryker in Kalamazoo, MI

Contact Angela at:

angela.sanford@stryker.com

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Ken Lundquist

Lean System Integrators

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Manufacturing operations consulting business focusing on serving small manufacturing, assembly and warehousing companies by showing them how to apply Lean Manufacturing tools and concepts to improve profits, return on assets, cash flow and customer service. There is no fluff or cookie-cutter approach, just solutions tailored to your specific processes and business model which translate to bottom-line results. You can expect savings of up to: 62% on direct labor, 97% on WIP inventory, 93% on lead times and 50% on floorspace.

Contact Ken at:

ken.lundquist@yahoo.com

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Larry Deniston

CMIT Solutions

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40 years of experience designing, developing and delivering cutting-edge IT solutions using the latest technologies to Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Local Governments. I started as a Software Engineer for a small Software/IT Services company in Southern Illinois. Became the General Manager then bought the company in 1988. My company was then acquired by Manatron of Kalamazoo Michigan in 1995. I moved to Kalamazoo in 1998. In 2013 I decided I wanted to own my own business again, so I opened the Southwest Michigan office of CMIT Solutions. I acquired the Grand Rapids office in 2016. 

Contact Larry at:

ldeniston@cmitsolutions.com

www.cmitsolutions.com/southwest-michigan

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Joe Borenstein

AFLAC

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I work with business owners and their employees, providing a financial safety net for them. Aflac's benefits pay cash directly to the policy holder, when they or a family member is sick or injured.

The money from Aflac can be used for household bills, leftover medical bills, lost income or travel to special treatment centers.

We also help companies set up Section 125 Pre-tax plans as a courtesy.

Contact Joe at:

269-808-5191

joeborenstein@yahoo.com

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Kenny Leonard

Element 22

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Experienced executive in commercial and private banking and government guaranteed lending (SBA and USDA) with a demonstrated strategic focus building and growing an institutional lending portfolio. Awarded 2016 Executive Lender of the Year by the Credit Union Times and 2018 winner of Corp! Magazines Michigan's Most Valuable Millennial Award. MBA graduate skilled in strategic planning, visioning, and implementing long term growth plans who also enjoys giving back by serving on boards and committees of local, regional and national non-profits

Contact Kenny at:

kleonard@element22cg.com

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Matt Duguid

Kalsee Credit Union

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Seasoned leader, trainer, mentor, coach, and manager with over 20 years of service industry experience. Highly skilled at maximizing revenue through effective business partnerships, marketing plans, and cost control. Proven abilities in increasing sales/revenue performance with and within small to large size businesses. 

Contact Matt at:

269-760-2036

mduguid@kalsee.com

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Gary Barton

The Barton Group

Gary has over 300 projects throughout Michigan under his belt and has gained respect as a construction manager with expertise in all aspects of commercial, industrial, o­ffice and retail construction. He approaches project management with a proactive and collaborative style that inspires those around him to give their best. He specializes in nonprofits and municipalities that need understanding and responsiveness.

 

As co-owner of e Barton Group team, he inspires dedication, diligence and integrity. The Barton Group is committed to the success of the businesses with which they partner by offering experienced, heartfelt service to meet specific property needs.

As an Owner and Realtor®, Gary Studied Civil Engineering at University of Michigan and is also a Western Michigan University Graduate

 

Fun Facts

Coke NOT Pepsi, Likes chocolate chip cookies, Escapes to his vacation home in Florida to relax, Loves being a grandpa

Contact Gary at:

269.207.5433

gbarton@thebartongroupofmich.com

thebartongroupofmich.com  

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Michael Sheckler

New York Life

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I offer a variety of products that can help you meet a number of insurance and financial needs, including, but not limited to college funding, retirement, managing costs for extended periods of care and lifetime income strategies. Please contact me to help you fully analyze your needs and recommend appropriate solutions.

I am an Agent licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance Company and may be licensed with various other independent unaffiliated insurance companies. Additionally, I am a Registered Representative of and offer securities products & services through NYLIFE Securities LLC, (Member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency and a New York Life Company. 201 Jones Road, 5th Floor Waltham, MA 02451 Office Number 781 314-5914

Contact Michael at:

603-809-9936

msheckler@ft.newyorklife.com

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Bryan Dutton

Ron Jackson Insurance

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Experienced Account Executive Producer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Property & Casualty Insurance, Life Insurance, and Workers Compensation.
Experience in team leadership, skills development, & training 

Contact Bryan at:

bdutton@ronjacksonins.com

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Mitch Conroy

 

Bear Sign Company

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As a small business owner, I'm thankful for the opportunity to create success and build a company from the ground up, leading a team to be successful together. Focused on quality, not quantity I'm taking my industry experience and providing guidance to every customer. We have set up a network of vendors that provide us the capability to meet business owners needs without cutting corners while competing directly with larger companies while reducing lead time and even cost. Managing every aspect of the business from design to quoting and invoicing, this experience has been amazing. I love the industry and the people I get to work with each day, both customers and vendors!

Contact Mitch at:

bearsignco@gmail.com

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Sarah Shuler

MRC Industries

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I am an energetic and passionate professional with demonstrated experience in customized employment and Individual Placements and Supports. I have a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, and followed a non-traditional path that took me to the community employment department at MRC Industries. I truly love my job and my organization.

MRC Industries, Inc. serves individuals living with developmental or learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, emotional impairments and mental illness.

Contact Sarah at:

sshuler@mrcindustries.org

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Dare'l McMilliam

McMillian Media

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Contact Dare'l at:

248-778-6468

darelm@m2mcmillianmedia.com

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Richard Piet
Livemic Communications

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Richard moved to Kalamazoo in 1997 to begin work as an afternoon news anchor and reporter for AM 590 WKZO radio.

Over about 14 years, Richard anchored and covered
news, hosted talk shows, became a news director, program director, account executive – and his favorite: Sidekick to Kalamazoo radio legend Lori Moore.

 

In 2020, Richard created
“The Richard Piet Show” podcast and – in
2021 – started Livemic Communications, a
company that helps businesses,
organizations and individuals create
purposeful podcast content.

Contact Richard at:

richardpiet@livemiccommunications.com

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Toni Lentini Will

K-Wings

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Enthusiastic sports and entertainment professional with a proven track record of success in sales. Experienced in the planning and management of organizational events and projects. Motivated and results-driven employee who consistently succeeds under strict deadlines whether working individually or with a team.

Contact Toni at:

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