2012 Conference

2012 WMPF Conference Speakers included:

The 2012 West Michigan Policy Forum was the premier business event of the year and included national, state, and regional thought leaders and experts speaking on topics important to the Michigan business community.

The event was fast-paced, interactive and for the first time ever, engaged attendees in a virtual real-time conversation throughout the event.  There were keynote sessions, live and video commercials touching on critical policy issues such as:

  • Talent
  • Economic Development
  • Health Care
  • Innovation
  • Michigan’s Logistic Systems

Throughout the event attendees participated in real-time voting and a dialog with other attendees, helping set the agenda to close out the conference on Thursday.

Our vision for the 2012 Conference was to educate attendees on a variety of critical policy issues, identify best practices and drive the conversation into action.  The event brought together over 600 business and civic leaders, legislators and local officials in a forum to create common policy goals we can set into motion.

We were honored to have many of our state’s top businesses and institutions as sponsor partners.

Our SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES BOOKLET is still available for informational purposes.

Questions?

Contact Heather Sieracki at 616.485.6303 or sierackih@wmpolicyforum.com.

Become a 2012 WMPF Conference sponsorClick here to learn about 2012 WMPF Conference sponsorship opportunities.

What: Participate in the conversation and help build upon Michigan’s recent successes at the premier business/policy event of 2012

When: September 12-13, 2012

Where: Grand Rapids | St. Cecilia’s Music Center, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & JW Marriott

2012 Conference Registration

  • Early-bird registration (March 30 – May 31, 2012):  $350/person
  • Conference registration (Starting June 1, 2012):  $425/person
  • Dinner-only tickets (9/12):  $100/person

Many thanks to those who helped with the 2012 Conference

Co-Chairs
Jeff Connolly,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jim Dunlap,
Huntington Bank
Matthew Haworth,
Haworth

Board of Directors
Rick Baker,
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Connolly, 
BCBS of Michigan
Doug DeVos, 
Amway
Jim Dunlap,
Huntington Bank
Matthew Haworth,
Haworth
J.C. Huizenga,
National Heritage Academies
Michael Jandernoa,
Bridge Street Capital Partners
Marge Potter,
Continental Rail Gateway
Jared Rodriguez,
West Michigan Policy Forum
Peter Secchia,
SIBSCO LLC
Ginny Seyferth,
SeyferthPR
Mike VanGessel,
Rockford Construction

Steering Committee
Rick Baker,
 Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Jim Brooks,
Brooks Capital Management, LLC
Tim Daman,
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jane Clark,
Holland Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Connolly,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Doug DeVos,
Amway
Jim Dunlap,
Huntington Bank
Len Dyer,
Hylant Group
David Eisler,
Ferris State University
Wes Eklund,
Fleet Engineers
Michael Faas,
Metro Health
Joy Gaasch,
Grand Haven/Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce
Thomas Haas,
Grand Valley State University
Matthew Haworth,
Haworth
Michael Hill,
Edify North

Steering Committee
J.C. Huizenga,
National Heritage Academies
Michael Jandernoa,
Bridge Street Capital Partners
Robert Kaminski,
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Ron Kitchens,
Southwest Michigan First
Birgit Klohs,
The Right Place Inc.
Cindy Larsen,
Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce
Doug Luciani,
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Phil McCorkle,
Saint Mary’s Health Care
Arnie Mikon,
Tower Pinkster
Larry Murphy,
Varnum LLP
Mike Olthoff,
Nichols
Chuck Perricone,
Perricone Group
Marge Potter,
Continental Rail Gateway
Jared Rodriguez,
West Michigan Policy Forum
Bob Roth,
RoMan Manufacturing
Doug Rothwell,
Business Leaders for Michigan
Steward Sandstrom,
Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Peter Secchia,
SIBSCO LLC
Ginny Seyferth,
SeyferthPR
Roger Spoelman,
Mercy Health Partners
Greg Sundstrom, 
City of Grand Rapids
Joseph Tomaselli,
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Jerry Tubergen,
RDV Corporation
Mary Tuuk,
Fifth Third Bank
Bob Van Deventer,
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
Mike VanGessel,
Rockford Construction
Peter Varga,
The Rapid
Ted Vecchio,
Applied Mechanics Corporation
Doug Wagner,
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
John Weiss,
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
Sean Welsh,
PNC
Larry Williamson,
Comcast

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– DAY 1 –

Wednesday, Sept.12, 2012 – St. Cecilia Music Center

7:30 a.m.

Registration

8:35 a.m.

Welcome Remarks, Sponsor Recognition, iPad Intro, Intro to Doug DeVos

Jared Rodriguez, President, West Michigan Policy Forum

8:45 a.m.

Engaging the Grassroots, WMPF’s Unique Approach to Policy Reform

Doug DeVos, President, Amway, Chairman of the Board, WMPF

9:00 a.m.

Michigan’s Economy, Where Do We Stand? Where Are We Going?

Dr. Robert Genetski, Economist

9:30 a.m.

Introduction: A Conversation on Health Care Policy in Michigan

Roger Spoelman, Regional CEO, Mercy Health

9:35 a.m.

The Future Cost of Care: How Health Care Costs Compare

Tom Pellathy, Consultant, McKinsey & Co.

10:08 a.m.

Healthcare Policy

Rick Breon, CEO, Spectrum Health

10:30 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.

The Michigan Turnaround Plan: Business Leaders for Michigan

Roundtable Discussion on Making Michigan a Top 10 State

Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press;

Mike Jandernoa, Founder, Bridge Street Capital;

Alan Schultz, Chairman, Valassis

11:15 a.m.

Introduction: Talent Attraction and Retention to Michigan’s Future

Micki Maynard, Journalist and Author

11:20 a.m.

Talent 2025: How to build Supply and Demand for Michigan’s Best and Brightest

Fred Keller, Chairman and CEO, Cascade Engineering

11:35 a.m.

The Future Investment: Early Childhood to Lifelong Learning

Brian Harris, CEO, H & H Metal Source

11:50 a.m.

Close of morning session

Doug DeVos, President, Amway, Chairman of the Board, WMPF

11:55 a.m.

Break for Lunch

In tent outside St. Cecilia

1:05 p.m.

Introduction: Shantanu Sinha and the Mission of the Khan Academy

Micki Maynard, Journalist and Author

1:13 p.m.

World-class Education for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime and at Any Pace

Shantanu Sinha, President, Khan Academy

2:00 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m.

Introduction: Freedom to Work in Michigan

Ambassador Peter Secchia

2:30 p.m.

The Economic Impact of Choice in the Workplace: Why Freedom to Work is Critical Policy

Dr. Richard Vedder, Economist, Ohio University

2:55 p.m.

From the Inside: Why a UAW Member Opposes Forced Unionism (video)

Terry Bowman, Founder, Union Conservatives

3:05 p.m.

The Great Divide: Unionized Government vs. Unionized Business

Joseph Lehman, President and CEO, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

3:25 p.m.

Break

3:40 p.m.

Introduction: A conversation on an Effective Transportation Logistics Policy for Michigan

Doug Luciani, CEO, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

3:43 p.m.

Michigan’s Failing: How Modern Transportation Infrastructure Moves our Economy (video)

Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation

3:48 p.m.

Introduction: Transportation Logistics in Michigan

Marge Potter, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Continental Rail Gateway

3:58 p.m.

Not Just the Bridge: Why Michigan Business Needs World-class Connections via Land, Sea and Air

Blake Krueger, President, Wolverine World Wide

4:15 p.m

Connecting for the Future: The Global Link Through Michigan

Roy Norton, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General at Detroit

4:35 p.m.

Introduction to Bill George

Jeff Connolly, President of West Michigan Operations and Managed Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

4:38 p.m.

Keynote: “Authentic Leadership”

Bill George, Author of “True North,” Professor of Management at Harvard, and Former CEO, Medtronic

5:30 p.m.

Live Performance: Selected of God Choir

5:45 p.m.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce PAC Reception

5:45 p.m.

“A Taste of Grand Rapids” Strolling Dinners and Receptions

– DAY 2 –

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 – Amway Grand Plaza

Ambassador Ballroom

– 7:30 a.m. –

8:00 a.m.

A New Michigan: Rebuilding One Community at a Time

Matthew Haworth, Chairman, Haworth, Conference Chair, WMPF

8:08 a.m.

Introduction: Rebuilding Communities

Jim Dunlap, President, Huntington Bank, Conference Co-Chair, WMPF

8:13 a.m.

Branding Michigan: Why Strong Cities Matter

Host: Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host of “Michigan Matters” on CBS62, Columnist at the Detroit Free Press;

Dan Gilbert, Chairman, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans;

Dan Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan;

Dick DeVos, President, Windquest Group

9:00 a.m.

Introduction: A Conversation on Regions as Economic Drivers

Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders of Michigan

9:04 a.m.

How Regions Serve as Economic Drivers

Bruce Katz, VP/Director Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute (D.C.)

9:25 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Roadblocks, Hurdles and Achievements in Economic Development

Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place Inc.;

JoAnn Crary, President and CEO, Saginaw Future;

Randy Thelen, President and CEO, Lakeshore Advantage;

Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders of Michigan

10:20 a.m.

Break

10:35 a.m.

Introduction: A New Study on Michigan’s Economic Competitiveness

Rich Studley, CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

10:40 a.m

A New Study on Michigan’s Economic Competitiveness

Dr. Tim Nash, Northwood University

11:00 a.m.

Review and Agenda-Setting Vote for the Future

Jim Dunlap/Jeff Connolly/Matthew Haworth, Conference Co-Chairs, WMPF

11:20 a.m.

Break

11:50 a.m.

Lunch

12:20 p.m.

Introduction: Governor Rick Snyder

Jim Dunlap, President, Huntington Bank, Conference Co-Chair, WMPF

12:25 p.m.

Closing Keynote: Speaking 15mins | Q&A 10mins

Governor Rick Snyder

1:00 p.m.

A Look Back – A Look Ahead, Video Recap

Jim Dunlap, President, Huntington Bank, Conference Co-Chair, WMPF