West Michigan CEO Summit an investment in your leadership capacity


The Grand Rapids Chamber's inaugural CEO Summit focuses on the key topics of leadership, culture, talent, strategic planning and industry trends. Courtesy Grand Rapids Chamber

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is presenting the inaugural West Michigan CEO Summit on June 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Led by Grand Rapids Chamber board chair Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health, this event is focused on answering the question we all share, “How do I become a better leader for my team and my company?”

At this event, your fellow colleagues will discuss how they tackle challenges, celebrate wins and share powerful leadership lessons.

“The CEO Summit gives C-suite business executives the opportunity to collaborate,” Budden said. “We know a strong business community fuels a strong West Michigan. By learning from each other, we grow stronger together and create a more vibrant business climate with companies strategically positioned for success.

“Leaders from all industries can learn something at the CEO Summit.”

West Michigan CEO Summit speaker lineup

The West Michigan CEO Summit features a lineup of regional leaders covering topics including culture, mentorship, leadership, talent, strategic planning, industry trends and how to gain traction in your business. Panel discussions and keynote presentations will focus on tools for business growth to help accomplish goals and compete at a higher level.

“Each of our speakers will share their knowledge, tools and lessons learned on ways businesses can become more competitive,” Budden said. “I ask my fellow business leaders to join me for an impactful morning full of actionable insights to grow West Michigan business.”

The West Michigan CEO Summit agenda includes:

Leadership Lessons

Rick Keyes, CEO, Meijer

Thomas Haas, president, GVSU

Luncheon Leadership Lesson to be announced soon.

Panel Discussion: Next Generation Leadership

  • Tina Freese Decker, CEO, Spectrum Health
  • Christina Keller, CEO, Cascade Engineering
  • Joe Chamberlin, CEO, West Michigan Whitecaps
  • Tasha Blackmon, CEO, Cherry Health

Panel Discussion: The Power of Mentorship

  • Russ Visner, retired CEO, ETNA
  • Brad Playford, CEO, AvaSure
  • Moderator: Michael Jandernoa, 42 North Partners

Keynote: Gaining Traction for Your Business

  • Nelson Sanchez, COO, RoMan Manufacturing
  • Doug Young, president, Behler Young
  • Don Tinney, co-founder, EOS
  • Jessica Babcock, vice president of human resources, Suburban Inns

Attending the West Michigan CEO Summit

An investment in the CEO Summit is an investment in you and your business.

According to Gallup, engaged employees are one of the best ways to increase productivity and grow your business. Additional studies show that what people hate most about work is their boss. By becoming better leaders, we can create great business impact.

Tickets for the West Michigan CEO Summit are available now. You can register or purchase a table for your team or clients at grandrapids.org/ceo.

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