Kelly Baumgartner has been working in finance for over a decade. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2006 with a BBA, received an MBA from Northwood University in 2009, and most recently received a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2017. In her work, she focuses on the creation, implementation and monitoring of generational wealth management planning.
She is a member of the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region as well as the noon Rotary Club in Frankenmuth, MI.
Her husband and four children live in Frankenmuth. They enjoy fly fishing, skiing, outdoor adventures, and spending time with friends and family. They are also members of the Frankenmuth Bible Church and the Saginaw Club.
Dr. Stephen (Steve) Bigelow holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and an Education Specialist (EdS) degree from Oakland University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Bigelow’s prior positions include Superintendent of Capac Community Schools, Principal of Cousino High School in Warren, Principal of Carleton Middle School in Sterling Heights, Assistant Principal of Beer Middle School in Warren, and as a teacher in South Lyon Community Schools and Warren Consolidated Schools.
Gary is a graduate of SVSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Management and Economics; and also graduated from the University of Detroit Law Schools. He was a Law Partner with Darbee, Bosco and Hammond up to 2015 leading up to 38-year legal affiliation. Gary is Chairman, member of the Board of Trustees for the McLaren Bay Region; and a member of the SVSU Board of Fellows where he previously occupied the position of chair.
He is married to Barbara Tabor Bosco. Barbara is the co-owner, with her brother, Tom Tabor, of Herman Hiss and Co., a 5th generation family business in Bay City.
Wayne completed a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a master’s degree in Administration at Michigan State University. He’s also an SVSU graduate, where he earned another bachelor’s degree in Spanish and completed some additional coursework in German.
Wayne is the Chairman and Board member of Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority; and Chairman of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland’s board of directors. He is also a board member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Foundation; Delta College’s Capital Campaign; and Saginaw Valley State University’s Capital Campaign. He is the past chairman and member of the Board of Education of St. Lorenz Lutheran School; Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce; and Saginaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, Wayne was previously a member of First of America Bank—Mid Michigan; First of America Bank—Michigan; St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Council; Christian Communications Ministry Committee for St. Lorenz Lutheran Church; Michigan State Chamber of Commerce; and the Frankenmuth Sister City Committee (Gunzenhausen, Germany). Lastly, he is the past President of Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he earned a BA degree in Journalism.
He has almost 50 years of experience of writing, reporting, editing and newspaper managing, including as the Editor and Publisher 2nd Armored Division Support Command Charger-US Army; a Reporter/Assistant City Editor-Grand Rapids Press; the Metropolitan Editor-The Saginaw News, the 19th Editor of the Saginaw News, and the Publisher/Editor-The Saginaw News.
Paul continues to serve and provide leadership for several organizations including as a board member of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Community Foundation, the Saginaw Sees the Light (founder), and an advisory board member for New Hope Assisted Living.
Peter is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He has over 30 years of experience working at Saginaw Bay Underwriters as a President and CEO. He is licensed to write auto and home insurance policies.
Peter is a member of the Board of Fellows at Saginaw Valley State University; the Stevens Center for Family Business; and the Wickes Foundation. He is also a Past President of the Saginaw Club.
Cass is a graduate of SVSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA. He has over 30 years of experience leading customer contact operations for many Fortune 100 companies. This includes six years as the Senior Director of Customer Care for XO Communications, five years as the Customer Services Manager for Cox Communications, and over fifteen years with Morley Companies Inc.
Cass is a member of Great Lakes Chapter of SOCAP International–an Association for Customer Care Professionals.
Veronica L. Horn is the new President & CEO of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Bob VanDeventer after 15 years of leadership.
Prior to being named, she held the position of Senior Director of Government Relations at the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, overseeing political affairs, government and community relations. Her duties also include economic and community development as well as public relations.
Horn has been at the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce sine 2001; however, she worked as State Government Affairs Manager for The Dow Corning Corporation from 2009–2013 before returning to the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce as Executive Vice President.
Horn has a strong political and governmental background that began in 1989 working for both U.S. Congressmen Bob Traxler and James A. Barcia.
Horn holds a B.A. in Political Science from Concordia, Wilmington, DE and her I.O.M. Certification in Chamber Management from the Institute for Organizational Management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Trevor is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is responsible for leading Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction in all of Bay County as well as the municipalities therein, along with communications, marketing, and branding.
Trevor is a board and executive committee member of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and a member of Bay City Players, and C.C. Advising. He is the former President of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors Club, and Vice President of the Bay City Player’s Board of Directors. He is a member of Michigan Economic Developers Association, the International Economic Development Council, Bay Area Energize Young Professionals Network, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Ambassadors Group, and the Great Lakes Bay Economics Club.
Ken earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Urban Studies from Washington University and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken was the previous President and CEO of IP3 and also the previous CEO of MidMichigan Innovation Center. Ken is a true innovator and inventor and has shared his expertise in the information technology industry with many students and peers over the years.
Andrew Matuzak is a tax manager in the Saginaw office of Yeo & Yeo PC. He has been with Yeo & Yeo for 8 years and specializes in high-net-worth individual, trust, and estate taxation as well as examinations of Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act Annual Reports and Cemetery Annual Reports. Andrew earned his Bachelors of Professional Accountancy at Saginaw Valley State University in 2011 and obtained his CPA license in 2013. He is the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Saginaw Valley and a board member of the Northeastern MI Estate Planning Council. Andrew is a life-long resident of Saginaw and currently resides in Thomas Township with his wife, Tiffany.
Milroy is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, he joined CPA firm Crowe Chizek initially in Michigan City, Indiana and subsequently in their Grand Rapids, Michigan office, serving in their financial institutions audit group. Milroy is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Actively engaged in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Milroy’s current involvement includes Treasurer, Board of Directors Covenant Healthcare; Vice Chairman, Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan; Investment Committee member, Saginaw Community Foundation; and Treasurer, Saginaw Valley Lutheran Foundation. He has also given his time to Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School, serving on the board and in other volunteer capacities and is a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders.
Ernie has worked as the Senior Lender for several banks and spent 10 years as a National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency. He has been with Northstar Bank since 2004 and has served as Credit Administrator, Chief Credit Officer, and is currently in charge of the bank’s Special Asset Group. His past and present affiliations include the Bad Axe Rotary Club, the SVSU Board of Fellows (former Chairman), former member of the SVSU Foundation, and current member of the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum Board, where he serves as Treasurer. He is an honorary alumnus of SVSU and recipient of the SVSU Distinguished Service Medallion.
Seth Perigo is the Community President for the Great Lakes Bay Region with Huntington Bank. Overseeing community engagement, business banking and the delivery of exceptional customer service across all segments are his primary responsibilities.
As a native Hoosier, Seth has spent the past thirteen years in the banking industry, with ten of those being with Huntington in various roles. Seth graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Marketing and received his MBA in Finance from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Gene is a graduate of Western Michigan University School of Business Administration, and the National Trust School, Northwestern University.
He has over thirty years of experience in banking and trusts including thirty years as a Certified Financial Planner, and thirteen years as an Asset Allocation Management Specialist.
Gene is a member of Covenant HealthCare Board of Directors (Vice-Chair), Valley Lutheran High School Growth Campaign (Co-Chair), Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2014 Chair), Michigan Bankers Association (Trust Management Committee), 1000 Leaders Initiative (Past Co-Chair), and One Hundred Club.
Clarence earned a BA degree from the University of Michigan and attended the Defense Intelligence Institute for Russian and East European studies.
His diverse experience includes over six years with the Naval Intelligence/Defense Intelligence Agency, over eight years as President of Amigo Mobility International Inc., three years as Managing Director of movingpeople.net, and over thirteen years as the President of Wirt-Rivette Financial Group.
Clarence is the Chair and Executive Board Member for the Action Art Council at the Saginaw Art Museum, and the Vice Chair for Pulse3 Foundation.
Amy is a graduate of SVSU where she earned a BBA degree in Accounting. She has been a part of Weinlander Fitzhugh for twenty-nine years and has been a partner and the Director of Human Resources for fourteen years.
Amy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Society for Human Resource Management, Board of Directors of McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center, Bay Area Community Foundation Treasurer, Past President of the Saginaw-Bay-Midland Chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants, SVSU Board of Fellows, and Past Board of Directors, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Bay Area Women’s Center.
Kevin is a manager in the tax practice with over ten years of experience. His background includes providing tax and consulting services for companies in the construction, franchise, and auto dealership industries. He has experience in working with a number of different ownership models, but primarily focuses on working with owner-managed and family-owned organizations.
He received a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree from Saginaw Valley State University and is a member of the AICPA and the Michigan Association of CPAs. He is also a member of the Stevens Center for Family Business, the Construction Financial Management Association–Lansing chapter, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business at SVSU.
Brenda graduated from multiple colleges: Delta College, Central Michigan University, and Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School.
Before joining Rowleys Wholesale, Brenda was a member of the senior management team at the Michigan Sugar Company as the Vice President of Administration where she oversaw the organization’s human resources, risk management, and its packaging and warehousing departments.
Brenda serves on the board of Directors for the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce as well as IMM, a metal fabrication company. Brenda was a past member of the Bay Area Community Foundation; Independent Bank; Dow Bay Area Family YMCA; Kawkawlin Community Church; Bay County Historical Society; Rotary Club of Bay City; and Delta College Foundation. She also served as Chair for the Council of the Stevens Center for Family Business at SVSU.
Tim is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration. His experience includes over twenty-five years as a vice president for Sarah's Attic, and over five years as the Manager of Gift Shops for Covenant Healthcare.
In her 32 years at Dow, Laurie has had experience in cost accounting, systems implementation, business results reporting and analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Finance. Laurie has been a part of several different business units within Dow and has many years of experience with the integration of the products within Dow. Laurie holds a BSBA degree in Accounting from Central Michigan University and also sits on the Advisory board for the School of Accounting at CMU.
Herb is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Science degree in Civil/Structure Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Herb has earned several awards that reflect his service to the community. These include the Harry S. Lund Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Robert H. Albert Community Service Award, Outstanding Business Leader Award, Marsh – Princing Award for Leadership, and the State Engineer of the Year Award. Also, he is honored in the Business Hall of Fame from Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan.
As a lifelong Midland resident, Stamas brings 30 years of expertise in business, government and advocacy at the local and state levels. Growing up in a local business—his family has owned Pizza Sam's since 1960—gives Stamas a unique and first-hand perspective on Midland's business community. Stamas also has experience advocating for business at the statewide level, most recently as a Vice President at the Small Business Association of Michigan. He also served as Chief of Staff for the Senate Majority Leader and as the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs in the Michigan Department of Community Health. Stmas also served as both a State Representative (98th House District) and State Senator (36th Senate District). Tony is a graduate of Michigan State University. He resides in Midland with his wife, Sara, and their two children.
Mike has worked in the Great Lakes Bay Region for over 31 years, the last 18 years serving as Senior Vice President for Independent Bank. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Economics & Business Administration. Mike is a 2008 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin–Madison, a 2011 Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute graduate, and a 1993 Leadership Bay County graduate.
Mike resides in Standish and has four children. Mike is very active in the community and has served on many foundation and non-profit boards. He currently is the Finance Chair and Past Board Chair of the McLaren Bay Regional Foundation Board, board member of the Bay City EDC Brownsfield, board member of the Arenac County Economic Development Corporation, board member of RiversEdge Development Co., Immediate Past Chair of Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and joined the SVSU CBM Advisory Board in 2017. In 2009, Mike received the 2009 Leadership Bay County Alumni Community Service Award.
Mike holds a variety of positions at Independent Bank, most notably overseeing the Independent Bank East Michigan retail markets from Standish, Livonia, Mt. Pleasant to Bad Axe, Indirect Lending and Independent Bank’s Merchant Banking Division. In that role, Mike sits on the Advisory Board for First Data. Mike has also served as an adjunct professor at SVSU teaching business classes.
Ryan is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and Ferris State University where he earned an AAS, Welding Technology degree. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
His experience includes over two years as a Tax Associate, three years as a Senior Tax Associate, and over two years as a Tax Manager, all for Rehmann.
Ryan graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Ryan has extensive government and community affair experience. He was the Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative John Moolenaar, and previously worked for Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, and the Michigan Bankers Association.
Beth completed executive education at Tuck Business School (Dartmouth) and a Health Sciences degree at Central Michigan University.
She joined the Amigo team in 1975 and has helped the company in numerous positions ranging from purchasing to sales.
Beth is a member of the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce, the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association, the Stevens Center for Family Business, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and St. Mary's Guardian Angel Respite & Adult Day Services.
Jerome is a graduate of Northeastern School of Commerce where he earned an Accounting degree. He served as Partner with Weinlander Fitzhugh where most of his client services focused on family owned businesses and income taxes. He also has experience working with not-for-profit entities.
Bill is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business, and the University of Michigan where he earned his MBA.
He has served as the Owner and President for Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant for forty-seven years. He is also a member of Pheasants Forever (Board of Directors), and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.