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The following individuals have expressed an interest in speaking at Michigan SHRM events, including local chapter meetings. As a chapter leader, please contact the speaker directly to learn more about their availability.

Speakers available through our Resource Partners...

Brian Coté, CEO

Brian Coté, with over 20 years of experience in the medical and healthcare profession, brings a wealth of practical understanding and familiarity to the health insurance world. As a state licensed health care consultant, Brian has become a sought after benefit consultant and speaker for many businesses and professional organizations and recognized as the top/most relevant educator.

Over the past 20 years, Brian has built a successful, full-service employee benefits firm, one of the few dually licensed agencies and third party administrators in Michigan. With the help of over 100 employees, 44North (formerly CIC Benefit Consulting Group) has formally been recognized as a leading state agency for Blue Cross Blue Shield, in addition to partnering with many other major carriers offered in Michigan.

44North manages the benefit needs of over 400 groups throughout the state, including over 100 public sector groups (schools, counties, etc.). The agency continues to see consistent growth year-after-year and by inviting Brian to one your future group events valuable insight will be gained through his shared wisdom. In addition, Brian’s diverse background in healthcare, along with business and human resources, range from working with Mayo Healthcare Systems in Rochester, Minnesota to working with Fortune 500 companies such as Dow Chemical.

2016 has been a big year for Brian and 44North. Brian was recently awarded top principal by United Benefit Advisors (the top 150 leading independent healthcare agencies in the country), while 44North received both the Governor’s Fitness Award for Healthy Workplace and one of the 101 Best and Brightest Business to work for in West Michigan.


1406 N Mitchell Street Cadillac, MI 49601

Phone: (855) 306-1099


Joe Aitchison, SPHR, SCP, CHRS

Presentations include:

Understanding the FMLA - Employer Requirements
This presentation is designed for smaller / midsize employers and the administration requirements for Family Medical Leave Act. Small /midsize employers have a less frequency of “potentially qualify” and qualifying FMLA events and often don’t have the expertise or staff to fully understand or meet the administration requirements under Federal FMLA Law. This presentation will provide valuable information on FMLA requirements and best practices to put in place. Including, but not limited to, most common FMLA mistakes made by employers and the risk associated with mistakes.

ERISA & DOL Audits... Changing Times but Not Compliance
Presentation will provide participants with information on The Employee Retirement Income Security (ERISA) Employer Compliance Requirements – what is required and what to expect if the employer encounters a DOL/ERISA Compliance Audit. Mr. Aitchison will cover common audit reasons, issues if the employer is not prepared and review an actual DOL document request.

Both presentations are valid for (1) General, SHRM and HRCI credits.

Contact Information:

Phone: 800-444-1922 X 6236


Joan Morehead and Kris Powell

Presentations include:

Building and Maintaining a Winning Culture
Organizational culture is built over time and with intention or it occurs by default. Discover the focus needed to drive the creation of a great work place and how communication is an integral part of the process to maintain your desired culture.
Both presentations are valid for (1.25) General SHRM credits.

From Performance Start to Great Leader – A New High Wire;
Moving from a high performing individual contributor to an effective leader is one of the most difficult career transitions. What resources and support are needed to assure success? Discover how to prepare yourself, or others, to manage new responsibilities and expectations.
Both presentations are valid for (1.0) General SHRM credits.

Contact Information:


James M. Reid, IV
Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C.

James M. Reid, IV is a shareholder and member of the Corporate/Employment and Franchise and Distribution Practice Groups at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C.. Mr. Reid works mainly with employers on a spectrum of employment issues including counseling and advising human resource professionals and business owners. He develops and improves employment policies and contracts, handbooks, employment agreements, non-competes, non-disclosure agreements, and unconditional release and separation agreements. Mr. Reid often provides legal assistance to employers in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, state and federal Departments of Labor, and the Unemployment Insurance Agency. He also assists employers with federal and state wage and hour audits.

Presentation topics cover a variety of areas within compliance and corporate leadership.

Contact Information:

Phone: (248) 351-7060


Alejandra Juarez
New Directions

Presentations include:

Behavioral Health (formerly known as mental health and substance abuse)
Behavioral health continues to dominate the national conversation with headlines such as the opioid epidemic, mass shootings and rising medical costs. Have you thought about the impact this issue has on your workforce? Join us as we help you understand why mental health matters and the role you can play as an employer. Walk away with tools employees and their families can use at work or home to process, cope and be productive in these challenging times.

Contact Information:

Phone: (816) 994-1597


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