The 2019 Inaugural West Michigan CEO Summit brought over 600 regional business executives together to engage on key topics, such as leadership, culture, talent, strategic planning and industry trends. We know that everyone has something valuable to share. In addition to the leadership lessons shared at the event, we are pleased to present this special podcast series, featuring business leaders discussing shared challenges, successes, innovations, and what they are doing to best prepare their companies for the future. These interviews were recorded live in the lobby of the West Michigan CEO Summit, and are brought to you by Comcast Business. (Listen to Part 1 here.)
Marti Lolli, Senior Vice President, Consumer & Government Markets & Chief Marketing Officer, Priority Health
Marti Lolli oversees the individual market, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid markets, the wellness department, market intelligence and the Southeast Michigan leadership team. She also oversees all marketing, public relations, and communications efforts.
Jeff Marston, Vice President of Business Services, Comcast
Jeff Marston is responsible for the strategies used by Comcast’s Business Services team to grow Comcast Business in the Heartland Region footprint. This includes directing Small-to-Medium Business and Enterprise sales, along with being responsible for marketing, operations and financial performance.
Matthew Norris, IT Manager, Studio C
In 2017, Matthew became the IT Manager for Studio C. Studio C is the parent company who produces multiple entertainment ventures, including Celebration Cinema. Currently, Studio C is developing the much-anticipated Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Studio Park includes a movie theatre, music venue, outdoor event space, apartments, condominiums, restaurants, class A office space, a hotel and parking ramp.
Milind Pant, CEO, Amway
Milind Pant joined Amway in January 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He leads the overall management of Amway and is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and growth strategies. He is the first non-family member to run the business since its founding in 1959. Most recently, Pant was President of Pizza Hut International with Yum! Brands. In this role, he led the international division across 109 countries with more than 9,000 Pizza Hut stores.
Kelley Root, Regional Sales Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Kelley Root is the Regional Sales Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Her and her team work directly with local employers and their independent insurance agents to manage the employee benefits that are administered through BCBSM. She strives to ensure employees have access to affordable healthcare, and that members have a continuously positive experience engaging with BCBSM as their insurance carrier.
Judy Welch, Executive Director, West Michigan, Michigan Women Forward
With more than 30 years of high impact work, Michigan Women Forward is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for Michigan’s women and girls through philanthropy and investment. In response to a compelling need that exists still today for women to further advance their social, economic and professional well-being to an equitable level in society, Michigan Women Forward and its partners and supporters have committed financially and intellectually to leaving this world a better place for women and girls.