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Right Place Events: Presentation Downloads

If you have any questions, or difficulty downloading this material, please contact Natalia Kovicak via e-mail or by calling 616.771.0327.

2016 Economic Outlook for West Michigan

December 10th, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

2016 Commodity Trends Outlook 

Oct. 6, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

  • Non-Ferrous and Ferrous Metal Market Update, Presented by Lisa Reisman, Co-Founder and Editor, MetalMiner. Download the presentation
  • Resin Price Outlook: What to Expect in 2016 and Why, Presented by Paul Blanchard, Director of Engineering Plastics, IHS Chemicals. If you would like a copy of this presentation, please email Paul at
  • Energy as a Commodity, Presented by Dan Malone, Senior Vice President of Energy Resources, Consumers Energy. Download the presentation
  • State of Logistics Report, Presented by Rosalyn Wilson, Senior Business Analyst, Delcan Corporation. Download the presentation


May 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Opening Keynote: The Michigan Sugar Story, Past, Present and Future. Presented by Mark Flegenheimer, President and CEO of Michigan Sugar Company. Download the presentation
  • Logistics, Growth, Management and Best Practices. Presented by Mike Battaglia and Eric Killgore of Gordon Food Service. Download the presentation
  • Enhancing the Value of a Vertically Integrated Agriculture Business. Presented by John Sommavilla, CEO of Shoreline Fruit, LLC. Download the presentation 
  • Export Without Going Nuts. Presented by Martin J. Andree, Creative Director at Koeze Company. Download the presentation
  • Water Reduction at Michigan Fruit and Vegetable Food Processors. Presented by Erin R. Gerber of Lakeshore Environmental and Tre Montroy of Peterson Farms, Inc. Download the presentation
  • Pure Michigan Agricultural Update. Presented by Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-business Association. Download the presentation
  • The Milk Source Story. Presented by Jim Ostrom, President and CEO of Milk Source. Download the presentation
  • Zeeland Farm Services: Food, Feed and Fuel. Presented by Beth Westemeyer, Director of Business Development at Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Download the presentation
  • Winning Growth Strategies through Operational Synergies. Presented by Dan Hoffman, VP Operations, Litehouse Inc. Download the presentation

Lean Enterprise Summit

March 26, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Where Lean Meets Design, Tom DeVries, Co-Founder of Thoughtfull. Download the presentation 
  • Carie Davis, Global Director of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company. Download the Presenation
  • 5 Things Leaders Must Do To Empower Lean Startup Continuous Innovation, Brant Cooper, Author of The Lean Entrepreneur and Founder of Moves the Needle. Download the presentation

12th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference

March 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Opening Keynote Presentation: The U.S. and Midwest Economy in 2015: Implications for Supply Chain Firms. Download the presentation
  • Keynote Presentation: Exceptional Mind Capture Customer Service, Presented by Tony Rublesk of Mind Capture Group. Download the presentation. Keynote Handout: The 10 Mind Capture Customer Service Commandments, Tony Rubleski, Download the handout
  • Bending the Future, Presented by John Shull, Director of System Supply Chain at Spectrum Health. Download the presentation 
  • Culture Eats Strategy, Presented by Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University. Download the presentation
  • Driving Supply Chain Stability and Efficiency, Presented by David Lewandowski, Senior Supply Chain Planner at Amway. Download the presentation
  • Emotional Intelligence: Key to Advancing a Career in Supply Chain Management, Presented by Kathy Lyall of ASQ. Download the presentation
  • Five Metrics We Hate, Presented by Randall Schaefer CPIM and Deb Smith, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP. Download the presentation
  • Negotiating Lessons, Tactics, and Skills: Increasing your bottom line by improving how you negotiate. Presented by Professor Michael L. Bloom of The University of Michigan Law School and Bruce A. Courtade, Attorney at Rhoades McKee. Download the presentation 
  • Seizing Integration: Procurement business alignment that delivers breakthrough value. Presented by Matt Albin, Manager of Enterprise Excellence at Amway. Download the presentation 
  • Supply Chain Capabilities & Trends, Presented by David J. Closs, Ph.D. The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Download the presentation
  • The Journey of Owning Innovation, Presented by Todd Hart of Flow-Rite Controls. Download the presentation
  • The Trend Toward Cost Transparency in the Supply Chain, Presented by Ken Jones of Consultative Solutions, Jeoff Burris of Advanced Purchasing Dynamics, and Robert Maks of Advanced Purchasing Dynamics. Download the presentation
  • Welcome: 12th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference, Download the presentation
  • Yard Management through Mobile Technology, Presented by Blair Y. Thomas and Eric Bentley. Download the presentation

2015 Economic Outlook for West Michigan

December 16, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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West Michigan's Manufacturing Industry (Investors Breakfast)

November 12, 2014
7:30a.m. - 9:30a.m.
  • Opening Keynote, Birgit Klohs, The Right Place - Download the presentation
  • Macro Manufacturing Environment and General Trends (energy, logistics, trade policy, finances, technology, commodities, etc.) Bob Roth, President and CEO, RoMan Manufacturing - Download the presentation
  • Global Manufacturing Opportunities and Challenges, Lauren Walker, Vice President of Ada Operations, Amway - Download the presentation
  • Talent Development, Jay Dunwell, President of Wolverine Coil Spring - Download the presentation

Commodity Trends 2015 Outlook 

September 30, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Non-Ferrous and Ferrous Metal Market, Lisa Reisman, Co-Founder and Editor, MetalMiner™ - Download Presentation
  • Packaging Industry Update and Trends, John Klein, VP of Sales and Marketing, CorrChoice - Download Presentation
  • State of Logistics Report, Rosalyn Wilson, Senior Business Analyst, Delcan Corporation - Download Presentation


West Michigan's Tech Sector (Investors Breakfast)

June 12, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Opening Keynote: Supporting West Michigan's Technology and Communications Industry, Birgit Klohs, The Right Place - Download Presentation

Michigan  Food Processing & Agribusiness Summit 

May 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote: Gary Pullano, Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News - Download Presentation

The Ebbs and Flows of a Growing Business: Finding Value in the Production Process
Protecting Your Reputation and Your Brand
Filling the Talent Gap: How Employing Great People Will Help Your Business Grow & Succeed 
  • Beth Kelly, Managing Partner, HR Collaborative LLC and Molly Schmid, VP of Talent & Retail Operations, Natural Choice Foods - Download Presentation
New Opportunities and Innovations in Food Safety Technology 
Cargill's Corporate Food Safety Overview
  • Jill Tabatt, Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Cargill Kitchen Solutions - Download Presentation
Closing Keynote: Vik Srinivasan, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Meijer Inc. - Download Presentation

11th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference

March 19, 2014
8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote: The US and Midwest Economic in 2014: Implications for Supply Chain Firms, Rick Mattoons - Download Presentation
Closing Keynote: Evolution of a Supercenter Strategy, Rick Keyes, Executive VP of Supply Chain Operations, Meijer, Inc. - Download Presentation

Growth & Innovation 
Operations & Logistics
  • Capacity - Now Think Strategically, Randall Schaefer and Deb Smith, The Association for Operations Management - Download Presentation
  • Supplier Qualification and Contracting Processes that Deliver Value, Bob Lundquist and Michael Issac, Steelcase, Inc. - Download Presentation
  • Demystifying Transportation, Chris Johnson, LeanLogistics - Download Presentation
  • Alticor Corporate Enterprises' Journey of Value Creation, Glenn Cathey, Alticor Corporate Enterprises - Download Presentation
Leadership & Development 
  • Developing the Next Generation of Supply Chain Management Talent with Focus on the Intent, Ken Jones, Western Michigan University - Download Presentation
  • Collaboration - What, How, When, Where and Why, Nick Little, Michigan State University - Download Presentation
  • Managing Talent Across Cultural Boundaries, Kristin Ekkens, C3 Consulting - Download Presentation
  • Towards an Operational Understanding of Resilience, Steve Melnyk, Michigan State University - Download Presentation
Future Perspectives
  • Supply Chain Management - Beyond the Horizon, Patricia Daugherty and Judy Whipple, Michigan State University - Download Presentation
  • Accelerating Michigan's Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy, Peter Anastor, Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Download Presentation
  • Community Partnerships for Work-Ready Graduates, Jim Nicolas, Mike Fritz, Warren Warber and Jean Arteaga, Coopersville High School and Ryan Umlor, Artiflex -Download Presentation
  • Global Supply Chain Management Trends, Tomas Hult, Michigan State University - Download Presentation


2014 Economic Outlook

December 12, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Amway Grand Plaza - Ambassador Ballroom
  • George Erickcek, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research - 2013 Was a Great Year for the Grand Rapids MSA - Download Presentation (439 KB)
  • Tim Mroz, The Right Place - The Right Place 2014 Economic Outlook for West Michigan - Download Presentation (2,065 KB)

Michigan Energy Conference 2013

October 24, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Commodity Trends 2014 Outlook

September 26, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center

Non-Ferrous and Ferrous Metal Market Update

Conflict Minerals, What to do Now and Next Year

State of Logistics Report
Plastics Market Update
  • Paul Blanchard, Director Engineering Plastics, IHS Chemical - Contact to obtain his presentation.