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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.

Brian Coté, CEO
44North

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.

44North

1406 N Mitchell Street Cadillac, MI 49601

Phone: (855) 306-1099

Web: www.44n.com

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

Email: jaitchison@basiconline.com

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:

Email: jmorehead@hrpro.biz

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

Email: JReid@maddinhauser.com

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

Email: AJuarez@ndbh.com

Sal Vassallo
Michigan Education Savings Program

Presentations include:

College Savings as a Voluntary Benefit
Learn how you can implement MESP, Michigan's 529 College savings plan as a Free voluntary benefit for employees. No Contracts, No Reporting just a added benefit to enhance your Health and Wellness package.

Contact Information:

Phone: (517)203-3656

Email: sal.vassallo@tiaa.org

Referral Contact:

Chapter Name: Lansing
Chapter Contact Name: MISHRM Resource Partner
Chapter Contact Phone #: (517)203-3656
Chapter Contact Email: sal.vassallo@tiaa.org

Debra Williams
Right Management

Presentations include:

Navigating the Politics of Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
Focuses on the "how" the latest research-based leading practices of what works and the culture change strategies required for a successful D&I strategy implementation.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Ron Scott
The Employers' Association

Presentations include:

The Employer's Association: Recruiting, Rewarding and Retention
Once we have recruited the best and brightest to come to work for us, it is essential to retain, reward and recognize these employees for high performance and reduced turnover. Come to this interactive session where ideas are shared new programs are offered.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Larry R. Jensen
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath, Lyman, PLLC

Presentations include:

Conducting Successful Workplace Investigations
The most up-to-date practices and policies needed to conduct successful investigations in the workplace. Reveal the policies needed before investigations are conducted and provide best practices for immediate action.

Contact Information:

Phone: (248) 457-7850

Email: ljensen@hallrender.com

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Doreen Bolhuis
GymCo

Presentations include:

Stop Wishing, Stop Whining, Start Leading
Corporate America isn't going to "lean-in" -- but women can get ahead on their own and contribute to the health and success of their entire organization. Session helps women to understand the barriers they sometimes create and develop strategies to break through those barriers to become high-level leaders.

Contact Information:

Phone: (616) 956-0586

Email: doreen@gymco.com

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Scott Foster
Wellco

Presentations include:

Inspiring Innovation -Disruptions to Leapfrog Into the Next Generation of Health Care
Although there are countless resources on the subject of managing employer health and wellness, Scott Foster's programs are the first to say "The emperor has no clothes" and that a disturbing amount of attention is given to costly programs that should be the last resort. Also, Scott's programs are the first to follow the imaginative design of an executive and clinician who shares fascinating real-life examples and experiences. Scott infuses his programs with startling first-hand insights packed with takeaway tips for organizations of all sizes, types and budget. Participants will appreciate the encouraging, specific, cut-through-the-baloney tone of Scott's programs and will be motivated to take action on a daily basis. Scott's passion is contagious in the best sense of the word.

Contact Information:

Phone: 248.906.8875

Email: scott.foster@wellcocorp.com

Referral Contact:

Chapter Name: KHRMA
Chapter Contact Name: Shawn Premer
Chapter Contact Phone #: 269.345.7804, ext. 1128
Chapter Contact Email: shawn.premer@consumerscu.org

Jennifer Munoz
AARP

Presentations include:

50 and Fabulous in the Workplace
It's time to disrupt aging and change the conversation of the 50+ population in the workplace. Learn how the value of the older worker, the unique qualities they bring to the workplace and the impact on the economy is critical to the success of business.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Alejandra Juarez
New Directions

Presentations include:

Developing a Resilient Workforce: An Employer's Path Forward
With an ever-changing society, a fast paced business climate and the stress of constantly having to do more with less, it's no wonder the resilience of organizations is being tested more than ever. Resilience is not innate - skills can be learned, and training is critical. What can your company do to develop a resilient culture that handles change, challenge and uncertainty? Learn how you can create a plan that increases resilience and equips your employees to be their best at work and in life.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Doug Roehm
Strategic Services Group

Presentations include:

Uh Oh, the CEO called...now what?
Faces with 30% increase in health care costs, the CEO called and wants to know what your solution is. You've tried the usual cost shifting and benefit reductions int he past and now you need something fresh to make an impact. Learn how Medicare Reference Based Pricing can reduce your healthcare spend by 30% to 45%, the pros and the cons, and whether this is right for your organization.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Christine Taylor, LMSW
State of Michigan

Presentations include:

Substance Wellness Workplace: New Issues and New Solutions
This session illuminates the concept of Substance Wellness and highlights new technology that can assist employees in conquering addictive behaviors. Substance Wellness refers to a cultural state of an organization, in which employees are supported in making healthy choices. The presentation will delve into tools that organizational leaders can implement to start establishing better Substance Wellness within their companies.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Suzanne Kart

Presentations include:

Generational Management - Why It's Not As Hard As You Think
There's alot of talk in the media about the Millennial generation's impact on the workforce. But there is very little focus on the generation responsible for managing them - Generation X. Find out how formative cohort experiences, current life stage, and the current state of societal issues impacts the way we send and receive messages. Discover the techniques for better managing a cross-generational workforce and how work-life is changing with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Sharon Lipinski

Presentations include:

Thinking Less is the Key to Success: The Habits of Happy, Healthy, Productive Employees
Today's studies are clear: healthy and happy employees increase profitability and productivity. Everyone knows this, the No. 1 problem companies face today is transforming that knowledge into consistent action. Whether you're looking to improve your own performance or if you're the senior leader of a business unit whose success depends on improving how people habitually think, respond, or act you will leave this session with a method for reliably changing behavior from a good intention into a habit.

Contact Information:

Phone: 970-581-7681

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Katie Stewart, MA,PHR,CLRL, SHRM-CP

Presentations include:

Engaging a Remote Workforce
According to Gallup's annual Work and Education poll (2015), 37% of the U.S. labor force has telecommuted. With technology making it easier to work from virtually anywhere at anytime, the concept of a remote workforce will become increasingly popular. With this new trend will come different challenges in managing and employee relations. How do you keep remote employees engaged in daily, weekly, or monthly activities? How will they contribute to your company's culture? HR Professionals have an obligation to ensure that all employees are engaged int eh workplace, entrenched in our culture and an integral part of HR strategies.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Bill Marklein
Employ Humanity LLC

Presentations include:

Putting The Humanity Back Into HR
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to effectively manage our own emotions and the emotions around us and it is quickly becoming the #1 competency for workplace/community leadership in the 21st Century. The digital transformation is driving opportunity in the world for leaders to create the human-connection experience, and most importantly, a legacy. All of humanity craves a social fabric that values and is committed to Emotional Intelligence. With the rapid acceleration of technology, automation, distractions, change and stress—Emotional Intelligence is even more crucial for building healthy, trusting relationships both personally and professionally. Real human-connection is the future for our own happiness and well-being and those we lead. Bill Marklein inspires, entertains, challenges thinking and will get you excited about using your unique human-only skills of awareness, adaptability and empathy for your continued success in this ever-changing HR world.

Contact Information:

Phone: 920-723-5101

Email: sayhello@employhumanity.com

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Jennifer Evans M. Ed.
Michigan Ross

Presentations include:

Positive Deviance: Building a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up
Organizations are often based in conformity and people are afraid to go outside normal patterns. Positive deviance describes uncommon behaviors or strategies that have research based positive outcomes and will move the organization to a better place. Jennifer is a positive deviant who - without authority- has positively influenced the culture at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Through her story, we will discuss the tendency of organizations to resist positive deviance and explore how you can become a positive deviant, recognize and support it in others and use it to motivate and develop staff. A positively deviant lens offers a rich opportunity to build a positive culture - from the bottom up.

Referral Contact:

MISHRM 2017 Conference

Brett Howell, CFP, CIMA, C(K)P, CRPC
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Presentations include:

401k Benchmarking Best Practices
How does your 401(k) measure up? Are your plan fees reasonable? Learn about the latest industry trends and 401(k) benchmarking best practices that you can use to improve your plan.

Contact Information:

Phone: 616-774-4211

Referral Contact:

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