Chief Executive Group

Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Armanino LLP is one of the 20 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. A certified B Corporation®, Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, business management, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business, from startup through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology, leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business.

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Daniel Blanchard, Sales Development Representative
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Cherry Bekaert

At Cherry Bekaert, we provide solutions that drive growth, address challenges and deliver efficiency. We’re reimagining the future of middle-market businesses by activating innovation with digitally enabled end-to-end transformation solutions. In an environment of accelerating digital transformation and rapidly changing economic and market conditions, we are constantly evolving to adapt ahead of shifting trends in professional services and advance as a trusted advisor. We guide you forward no matter the direction you’re headed.

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Jason Hodell, Industrial Manufacturing & Consumer Goods Leader
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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state. The mission of the MEDC is to achieve long-term economic prosperity for Michiganders by investing in communities, enabling the growth of good jobs and promoting Michigan’s strong image worldwide. MEDC's strategic focus aims to position Michigan at the leading edge of economic development in the nation.

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Kelly Watkins, Director of Business Marketing
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The Michigan Manufacturers Association is the unifying champion of Michigan’s manufacturing industry. Since 1902, MMA has had a proven track record and unwavering commitment to serve Michigan manufacturers through relentless legislative advocacy, resources to address the talent crisis, vital industry information, significant cost savings and more. As MMA members, manufacturers can tap into a professional network and resources to help grow their businesses, address challenges, and create a sense of unity with other manufacturers. Learn what the MMA Opportunity could mean for your business at

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Delaney McKinley, Executive Vice President of Operations
[email protected] | 517-303-3541

STS Capital Partners is a global sell-side M&A firm like no other. They are expert guides for private, founder, and entrepreneurial business owners on the journey to achieving an Extraordinary Exit™. Their extensive global relationships, world-class team, and proven deal process bring international strategic buyers and investors to the table who deliver maximum financial value. As a result, they help clients fulfill bigger ambitions in life and leave lasting legacies by inspiring charitable donations through their Success to Significance™ program with a goal of raising billions of dollars in new philanthropic and impact capital to support charities.

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Andy Harris, President, North American Strategies
[email protected] | 714-493-4597

No matter what industry you are in, your company faces risk every day. That's why Travelers offers a wide range of business insurance options, designed to identify and reduce those risks. Beyond managing claim costs, we help companies prepare for risk and recover faster after an unexpected event. Managing the total cost of risk creates a competitive advantage, helping you protect and grow your business.

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Brian Gerritsen, Assistant Vice President and Manufacturing Segment Leader, Travelers Insurance
[email protected] | 415-732-1451

Workday offers a comprehensive workforce solution to help you control your total labor costs and provide a greater frontline manager experience for your workforce.

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Paul Egenolf | [email protected]


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.