April 11, 2014
Featured Panel: Allison Beers – Owner, Events North; Steve Wade – Director of Donor Relations, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation; Doug Wolf – Regional President, Chase Bank; Michelle Elliott – Business Development Manager, National Cherry Festival; Panel Moderator: Michelle Dunaway – Co-Anchor/Reporter at 9&10 News
Attendees at our April meeting knew something was different as soon as they walked in. One person remarked, “this looks like the late night show!” The stage was literally set with five living room chairs to provide a comfortable setting for our panelist discussion on how the generations view workplace issues such as technology, relationships, expectations related to how and where they work, and even how they dress.
More about the Presenters:
Allison Beers – Owner, Events North
Allison is the owner of Events North, an event management agency that has been awarded the Readers Choice “Best Event Planner” for three years from Michigan Meetings & Events Magazine. Allison graduated from Albion College with a double BA in English and Speech Communications and also has a certification in event management from The George Washington University School of Business. She is the President of the Cherry Festival Foundation and serves on the boards of Rotary Charities, The Rotary Club of TC and the Downtown Traverse City Association. Allison also coordinates the Young Professionals program for the TC Chamber.
Steve Wade – Director of Donor Relations, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Steve Wade serves as the Director of Donor Relations with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation where he has been part of the team since August of 2013.Originally from West Virginia and Washington DC, Steve Wade moved to the area in the spring of 2000. Before moving to Traverse City. Steve earned a degree in social work from Shepherd College then worked in a variety of fields including stints as an acute care social worker, director of community festivals and as an executive, lobbyist and educator in the long term care industry. Steve served as the Lay Ministry Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City before being appointed the Executive Director of the United Way of Northwest Michigan in 2008. Locally, Steve is active in Grace Church, the Poverty Reduction Initiative, and HelpLink. He is a graduate of Leadership Grand Traverse. Steve and his wife Linda have three elementary school aged children.
Michelle Elliott – Business Development Manager, National Cherry Festival
Michelle currently serves the National Cherry Festival in the position of Business Development Manager. She also participates in the Festival’s marketing efforts and has the added responsibility of the oversight and growth for the Festival’s competitive events. Michelle grew up in Goodrich, Michigan and attended Central Michigan University on a Track & Field scholarship. She found her passion in the Recreation and Event Management department at CMU. Shortly after graduation Michelle accepted a position at VIKTOR Incentives & Meetings and made Traverse City her permanent home. She is thrilled to now work for the NCF.
Doug Wolf – Regional President, Chase Bank
Doug has served as the Regional President for Chase Bank in Northern Michigan since 1991. Doug is in his 42nd year with Chase Bank (Heritage National Bank of Detroit). He moved to Traverse City in 1985 shortly after Chase took over the failed National Bank and Trust. Doug has conducted Regional Sales Training and helped develop National Credit Training and the National Incentive Plan for Relationship Managers. During his career, Doug has managed the Business Banking groups in West, Central, and Northern Michigan. He received his BBA and MBA from Wayne State University and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Traverse Bay EDC.
Featured Panel Moderator:
Michelle Dunaway – Co-Anchor/Reporter at 9&10 News
Michelle has worn several hats since starting at the station, from reporting and anchoring for Michigan this Morning, the Noon and now evening shows. She currently co-anchors Michigan This Morning with Jessica Dupnack. She is also responsible for weekly, local health reports.