William Allen

William Allen

President
Midland Chamber of Commerce

Midland, Michigan

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Sid Allen assumed duties as President/CEO of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce on October 25, 2004. Prior to his appointment, Allen served as President/CEO of the Longview (TX) Partnership, overseeing operations of the chamber of commerce, convention and visitors bureau, and downtown development. Allen was the first president of the Partnership, and was credited with developing and implementing numerous programs for the award-winning organization.

In 2006, the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce was named the Outstanding Chamber of the Year in Michigan in its size category, and was one of three finalists for national Outstanding Chamber of the Year in 2007. Allen’s chamber of commerce career spans more than 23 years and includes stints at four Texas chambers of commerce prior to his relocating in Midland. He is a past member of the Texas Association of Business Board of Directors, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association Board of Directors, Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a task force appointee reporting to the governor on statewide economic development in Texas. He is currently a member of the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Commission, Northwood University Council members, Arnold Center, and previously served on the Midland Public School Program Analysis Committee.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Allen began a career in broadcasting upon graduation as Sportscaster/Sports Director/News Director for KLBK-TV in Lubbock, Texas. He later became News Producer for KDFW-TV in Dallas and Executive News Producer for KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In his spare time, Allen is an avid golfer, reader and snow skier. He was also a part-time, play-by-play broadcaster for the Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team on radio and television in 2007. He closely follows the Texas Tech Red Raiders and his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Sid is the parent of two children, Sydney and Logan.

David P. Bellos

David P. Bellos

CEO
Teron Lighting, Inc.

Fairfield, Ohio

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David Bellos joined Teron Lighting, Inc. in 1980, and currently serves as CEO of the company. Teron Lighting began with four employees. Today, it is international in scope with 55 full time employees; 103 independent sales representatives across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

He is very active in his community and has served on several boards including the Crest Hills Country Club, Jewish Family Services, and One Way Farm Orphanage. He is a member of Fairfield Rotary Club, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, and CEO Roundtable Consortium in Cincinnati.

He graduated from Northwood University in 1975 and was awarded the university's Outstanding Alumni Award in 2000.

David lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Iris. Their son Adam attends Columbia University in Chicago.

Nicholas J. Busscher

Nicholas J. Busscher

Chief Experience Officer
Experience Marketing

Holland, Michigan

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Joe A. Cauley

Joe A. Cauley

West Bloomfield, Michigan

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Michael R. Decker

Saint Charles, Michigan

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Cassie Gambrell

Cassie J. Gambrell

Midland, Michigan

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David Gardiner

Lake Orion, Michigan

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Victor L. George

Victor L. George

Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Grand Blanc, Michigan

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Victor George is a graduate of Northwood's Automotive Management and Marketing program and a committed volunteer Oldsmobile dealer working for the benefit of his community, his industry, and his church. He is a frequent spokesman on behalf of the university's recruiting programs designed to attract students to Northwood's three campuses.

George is a recipient of the Jack Smith Leadership Award which is named in honor of the General Motors chairman. The award is presented to select dealers who excel in customer service and sales. His dealership is annually active as a United Way campaign fundraiser and all his employees participate and contribute. His wife, Cathy, is a member of the Home School Association of the Holy Family Church in Grand Blanc where he has donated funds to the library for the purchase of books and supplies. He also donated funds for the St. John's Fenton Parish Activities Center construction project.

George is a member of the Automotive Youth Educational Service, a technician training education program. He is also a past president of both the Michigan State and the Genesee County Dealer Associations.

James M. Hohman

Midland, Michigan

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Patrick M. Leavy

Petoskey, Michigan

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Douglas H. Lemcke

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Ann M. Macdonald

Howell, Michigan

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Erin Mazurek

Erin M. Mazurek

Director of Private Event Sales
Olympia Entertainment

Memphis, Tennessee

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Sandy Morrison

Sandra L. Morrison

Vice President of Development
Oakland Family Services

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Richard S. Portwood

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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Elyse M. Rogers

Elyse M. Rogers

President
MAC International, Ltd. USA

Midland, Michigan

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Elyse Rogers has been the President and CEO of MAC International LTD since 1984. She is also the Assistant Vice President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Ms. Rogers earned her R.N. from the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, her B.S. from Indiana University and her M.A. from Purdue University. She is an accomplished author and columnist. She has received many honors including: Listed in Who's Who of American Women; Who's Who in the Midwest; The World Who's Who of Women; Elected Fellow, American Medical Writers Association; Distinguished Woman Award, Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council; Athena Award, Athena Foundation.

Past positions held include: Director, Public Relations and Communications, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation; Executive Assistant to the President, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation; Director of External Affairs, Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI); MMI Board of Directors (1990-1993); Senior writer, The Dow Chemical Company; President, Scientific Syntax Services; Executive V.P., Oak Associates K.K. (Japan).

Some of Ms. Rogers current affiliations include: Saginaw Valley State University, Board of Fellows; MidMichigan Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors/Executive Committee; MidMichigan Health, Corporate Board; Midland Symphony Orchestra, Board of Managers and Co-Chair; Rotary International, Midland Morning Rotary; Zonta International of Midland.

She has also been affiliated with the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair, Executive Committee; Midland Business Center, Board; MidMichigan Visiting Nurse Association, Board Chair, Board; American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ); Asian Pacific Councils of American Chambers of Commerce, Vice Chairman ; Midland County Board of Public Health, Member and Chair.

Michael S. Rogers

Midland, Michigan

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Megan Samyn

Magen M. Samyn

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
McLaren Bay Region

Essexville, Michigan

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Magen is employed with McLaren Bay Region as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations.  In her role, Magen is responsible for all facets of internal and external marketing and public relations including image development, market research, business development and strategic planning.

Magen received her B.B.A. and M.B.A. from Northwood University. She is a graduate of Leadership Bay County, 1000 Leaders and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute.

Magen is very active in the community and serves on a number of boards and committees throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Magen is a member of the Bay City Morning Rotary Club and co-founder of Energize - Bay Area's Young Professional Network. She is a 2012 recipient of the RUBY Award and a 2012 recipient of Great Lakes Bay Business Women Leaders Award for "Woman to Watch". She is a lifelong resident of Bay County where she lives with her husband Neil and their three children.

Gary Short

Gary L. Short

Vice President
Go-To Transport, Inc.

Bay City, Michigan

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Gary Short is Vice President and co-founder of Go-To Transport, a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Bay City, Michigan.

Gary and his sister, Allison, started Go-To Transport in 2003 and together they have opened offices throughout the Midwest. Go-To Transport has experienced double digit growth year over year, and the company is becoming a leading player in the transportation and logistics industries.

Gary received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing and Management from Northwood University in 1989. Short is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) which is an exclusive peer international network of business presidents with the mission of creating better leaders through idea exchange.

Gary, his wife, Denise, and their two children reside in Freeland, Michigan.

Justine Stauffer

Justine T. Stauffer

Chain Account Executive
Miller Coors

Chicago, Illinois

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Justine Stauffer is currently employed with MillerCoors as a Chain Account Executive. She is responsible for the sales and development of the On-Premise Chain business in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including Casual Dining and Stadium Concessions. Prior to the joint venture of MillerCoors, Justine was an On-Premise Representative in Philadelphia and then promoted to a Key Account Executive where she sold and implemented Category Management Solutions for the grocery, retail and convenience store chains in the East and Central U.S.

Justine graduated from Northwood University in 2006 with a degree in Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management. During her college career as President of the ESPMA organization, she led a team to produce the first on-campus Outdoor Concert Festival. She served as Vice President of Delta Mu Delta and was an active member of the Student Ambassadors Club. She also participated in collegiate athletics as a member of the Track and Field team, and currently holds the school record for 400m Hurdles. Throughout her time at Northwood, Justine also completed a total of six internships and practicums with various Sport & Entertainment marketing agencies, as well as special event planning.

Justine resides in the Greater Philadelphia area in Wynnewood, PA.

Jordan M. Summers

Midland, Michigan

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Griffin Williams

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Richard Williams

Richard E. Williams

President
Williams & Co. Financial Services

Grandville, Michigan

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Robert W. Wilson

Robert W. Wilson

Vice President
Mid Michigan Materials, Inc.

Jeddo, Michigan

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As Vice President of Mid Michigan Materials, Rob is responsible for operations, quality control, financial affairs, and is involved with all strategic planning for the business. The company was started by Wilson's great-grandfather, uncle and grandfather in 1962 and has been run by a member of the family ever since. Rob previously worked in various different capacities during breaks from school and holidays until assuming a full time position in 2006.

Rob graduated in 2005 from Northwood University with a BBA in Automotive Marketing/Management. In 2006, he completed his MBA from Northwood's DeVos Graduate School.

Rob serves on the Michigan Aggregates Association's Board of Directors and is a member of the executive committee as well as Chairman of the association's Specifications Committee. Rob also serves as District Chair for the Blue Water District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Yale, MI and Blue Water Young Professionals organization in Port Huron, MI.

Rob and his wife, Megan, have one son, Levi. The family resides in Fort Gratiot, MI.