Holding Hands & Throwing Punches
Clear your calendar for an evening of empowerment and business opportunities. Join WISE women at Varnum downtown Grand Rapids for an in-depth inquiry of three leading Grand Rapids partnerships.
How do partnerships not only survive but thrive? How are tasks shared or divided? Learn how each panelist got where their business where it is today. What was their encouragement? How did they find a void in the industry?
This year WISE has invited three influential women who lead local partnership entities in a panel discussion. Sue Schweim Tellier of JetCo, Michelle Landon of ATI Group, and Helen Zeerip of Teddy’s Transport. Each member has achieved success in their career fields and will share their experience and insight to attendees.
Grand Rapids Partnerships: Meet the Panelist
Michelle has had life-long exposure to ATIGROUP as the daughter of CEO, Michael Bunting. Michelle worked summer vacations. Michelle used the summer to gain the knowledge of field service operations. She learned service operations and office skills from her father. Michelle attended Northwood University, graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 2001.
As of May 2003, Michelle has been a full time employee with ATIGROUP. She began her career working as a sales person. As a sales representative, Sue educated herself on the processes and intricacies of operating a family business. She then created techniques to discover what customers expect from ATIGROUP.
Michelle became President of ATIGROUP as of June 17, 2013. Michelle accredits her achievements inside the company to her Northwood University education.
Tellier is a specialist in business to government (B2G) marketing. She identifies a businesses communication strategy. Using targeted bid responses and customer marketing discriminators she helps businesses secure coveted government contracts.
Sue and her husband Jon started JetCo Solutions in 2007. Since that time, Sue’s team at JetCo has helped clients win more than 275 contracts valued at more than $3 billion.
Sue is active in small business and proposal management advocacy. She is a board member for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Greater Midwest Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. Later receiving a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from Wayne State University.
Helen Zeerip is the President of Teddy’s Transport, a trucking company that specializes in nationwide expediting. Serving Grand Rapids family businesses, Teddy’s Transport
has been nominated for Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.
Helen is a Leadership Holland Graduate serving on the Curriculum Committee and Executive Committee. Helen has served on the Michigan West Coast Chamber Board, Pathways MI Board and Wings Home (Hospice) Board.
The Grand Rapids Business Journal (2012) announced Helen as one of the ‘Fifty Most Influential Women in West Michigan’. She is a triple time ‘Athena’ nominee and ‘Athena’ award winner in 2014. Helen currently serves on Davenport University’s Maine College of Business Board of Advisors. She belongs to West Michigan Policy Forum Board of Directors.
In September 2014 Helen founded ‘Grant Me Hope.’ A marketing initiative focused on getting older children in the foster care system adopted. Grant Me Hope campaign gives the children a television platform to find them an adoptive family. She currently has foster children airing on five television stations in Michigan and Ohio. She plans to take this initiative national.
The panel is moderated by Shelley Irwin, host and producer of WGVU Morning Show. Shelley has twice been named one of the ’50 Most Influential Women’ by Gemini Publications. She earned the ‘Gracie Allen Award’ five consecutive years and serves on several community boards.
Recently Shelley competed in the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships representing the U.S.. WISE is proud to have Shelley as one of our cheerleaders and we are some of her largest fans and want to congratulate her on this achievement.
Interested in learning how local Grand Rapids Partnerships and their leading women have climbed the ladder of success? Bring your questions and network at Women in Successful Enterprises event at Varnum in Grand Rapids, MI.
For interviews and more information contact:
WISE: Connie Sweet – 517-645-4387, or Floriza Genautis -616-855-6531
About Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE)
Women in Successful Enterprises was founded in 2009 for women-owned businesses to network and work together to build wisdom and extend support. WISE is a non-profit resource for women entrepreneurs in the second stage of business, and currently serves the West Michigan area. Co-founders Connie Sweet of Connection Graphics, and Floriza Genautis of Management Business Solutions work with member advocates to design creative and contemporary events and communications to serve women business leaders throughout the West Michigan community.
Women in Successful Business
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