Bay West to host leadership conference

Our Town Iron Mountain

SHERENE MCHENRY WILL be the keynote speaker at Bay West’s first leadership conference May 17.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College West campus will host its first Leadership Conference on Thursday, May 17, at the Bay West campus, 2801 U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain.

The conference will benefit anyone interested in learning about effective methods for managing and promoting productivity within their organization, or looking to develop leadership skills.

Experts and executives in a variety of fields will provide advice from their own experience on what it means to be a leader.

The keynote speaker, Sherene McHenry, is a relational leadership and success expert. She is a past president of the Michigan National Speakers Association and the author of “Pick: Choose to Create a Life You Love” and “Navigate: Understanding the Five Types of People.” She has also been cited in numerous publications, including Speaker Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Other speakers include:

— John Jamar, president and CEO of CCI Systems;

— Chad Bianchi, assistant vice president at Associated Bank;

— Pete Bilski, former vice president-human relations consultant and current human relations lead at Systems Control; and

–Brent Madalinski, business instructor at Bay College in Escanaba.

In addition, Lois Ellis, executive director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance, will moderate a panel of community leaders that includes: Russ Kassin, senior vice president of business banking at First National Bank and Trust; Mark Klossner, marketing manager at Boss Snowplow; and Margaret Minerick, president of Sagola Hardwoods.

“After meeting with industry partners, we’ve identified the need for leadership development as a commonality between businesses in our area,” said conference organizer Gina Wollner, manager of business development and community engagement at Bay West. “Bay West is looking to provide ongoing solutions to offer top-notch training opportunities locally.”

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and breakfast to be served. The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration for the event is available online by going to

The fee to attend is $89 until April 17, when the price will rise to $99 per person. Space is limited.