Meet The Team

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Michele Mollard

Sherpa LLC

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Owner at Sherpa LLC, Michele is a Professional EOS Implementer in SW Michigan. Entrepreneurial Operating Systems (EOS) is a set of simple, practical tools that helps owners get what they want from their business.

Contact Michele at:

269-998-3331

michele@your-sherpa.com

www.your-sherpa.com

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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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Kelsey Cole

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Sales Engineer with Mullen Equipment Corp. helping West Michigan companies in need of pumping equipment, mixing and blending equipment, wastewater treatment equipment and direct steam injection heaters. 

Contact Kelsey at:

k.cole@mullenequipment.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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Ken Lundquist

Lean Solutions

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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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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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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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Amelia Lietzau

The Barton Group

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The Barton Group offers a analytical, fun perspective on aspects of Southwest Michigan, enthusiastic energy, as well as polished data analysis skills. As an essential part of The Barton Group team, she loves helping clients achieve their real estate and property goals. She enjoys working with real estate investors, business owners, town officials, and property owners to fulfill their specific needs.

Amelia loves the economic and community development aspects of real estate. Working on several projects to restore or to craft economic vibrancy, she has a large passion for the outlying towns in Southwest Michigan. She has successfully helped to bring several industrial, office and retail businesses to her projects in small towns.

Contact Amelia at:

abk@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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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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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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Jonathan Kraker

MRC Industries

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Passionately Working to Empower My Community.

Contact Jonathan at:

jkraker@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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Houston Haines

Plante Moran

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I have 4 years of experience in commercial assurance work. Including financial statement audits, benefit plan audits, Review and tax work.

Contact Houston at:

houston.haines@plantemoran.com

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Brian Parker

West MI Office Interiors

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Over 20 years in the Contract Furniture Industry.  I Identify prospective clients and partner with them to identify solutions for their office furniture needs. 

Contact Brian at:

269-207-9829

bparker@wmoi.com

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Dan Hill

Blue Fire Promotions

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Jason Kane

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 Jason at:

269-226-0392

jkane@ghgkz.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