Michigan’s Top Executives Join Forces To Grow Next Generation Food, Energy & Environment Leaders

Michigan’s Top Executives Join Forces To Grow Next Generation Food, Energy & Environment Leaders
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NOVI, Mich., Aug. 24, 2009 /PRNewswire/ – An unprecedented collaboration of top executives from Michigan’s energy and food industries will serve as judges in the new Epprentice Experience(TM). Designed by Paragon Leadership, Epprentice will put emerging food and energy leaders to the test working to solve Michigan’s critical food & energy issues. Top industry executives will be judges, providing feedback to the Epprentice participants. The Food Epprentice Experience(TM) (Oct 1st, 2009) will be hosted by NSF International, Ann Arbor. The Environment & Energy Epprentice Experience(TM) (Oct 15th, 2009) will be at Next Energy, Detroit. To register and for details visit: http://www.paragon-lead.com/ or call 877.264.6200.

Judges for the Food Epprentice(TM) include Bill Burgess, Vice President – Operations, Columbian Logistics; Lee Carmona, Great Lakes Director, Panera Bread; Rob Casalou, President & CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals; Dr. David Condon, Vice President – Quality, Elan Nutrition; Katherine Fedder – Food & Dairy/Laboratory Director, MI Dept. of Agriculture; Linda Gobler, President & CEO, Michigan Grocer’s Association; Stan Hazan, Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs and Anna Schmitt-Reichert, Director of Corporate Communications, NSF International; Jane Marshall, Executive Director, Food Bank Council of Michigan; Paul McConaughy, Program Leader, MSU’s Michigan Nutrition Network; Tom Nugent, Director – Field Operations, MI Farm Bureau; and Don Ricks, MSU Professor & former food economist.

While receiving leadership development coaching, participants will work on projects related to Agriculture Economy, Food Safety, Hunger, and Child Obesity. Project sponsors are Michigan Farm Bureau, NSF International, Food Bank Council of Michigan, and Michigan Nutrition Network.

Judges for the Environment & Energy Epprentice(TM) are Steve Armstrong, Sr. VP/General Manager, Kelly Services; Nancy Bacon, Sr. VP, Energy Conversion Devices/Uni-Solar; Gilbert Borman, Executive Director, Michigan Wind Institute; Kate Brass, Sr. Exec, GE Energy; Mark Brucki, Executive Director, Economic Development and Government Relations, LTU; Bob Chapman, Executive Director, WARM Training; Liesl Clark, Deputy Director, Michigan DELEG; Nick Flores, Capital Access Program Manager, Green For All; Joyce Hayes-Giles, Sr. Vice President, Customer Service, DTE Energy; Sam Hogg, Market Analyst, Next Energy; Sue Jeffers, Associate General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League; Curt Lalond and Jeremy Eckhous, Principals, e-Element, and Eco-Tuesday Facilitators; Chris Long, CEO, Global Wind Systems; James L. Newman, CEM, LEED AP, ASHRAE OPMP, Owner, Newman Consulting Group; Mary Templeton, VP Sales, Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting, Inc.; Filza Walters, Facilities Director WSU and LTU professor, ASHREA; Dawn White Ph.D, President, Accio Energy.

Andrew Humphrey, Detroit WDIV Channel 4, will be Master of Ceremonies for the award presentation.

Participants will work with non-profits WARM Training Center, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Wind Institute and Global Wind Systems. Team projects will be around Energy Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability, Energy Economy and Alternative Energy.

Paragon Leadership International (www.paragon-lead.com) is a leadership development firm specializing in innovative development solutions for leaders of all levels. Emphasizing Food & Beverage, and Environment & Energy sectors, Paragon is committed to developing the future face of leadership and supporting leadership initiatives directly impacting social causes.

Source: Paragon Leadership International

CONTACT: Marji Wisniewski, Paragon Leadership International, 1-877-264-6200, mwisniewski@paragon-lead.com
Web Site: http://www.paragon-lead.com

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