"Bullying Creates a Toxic Work Environment: What's a Leader to Do?"

Detroit, MI

September 21, 2018


Rich Spriggle

Senior Vice President

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.



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Event Information:

September 21, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Birmingham Country Club

1750 Saxon Dr.

Birmingham, MI 48009

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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Rich Spriggle, is part of the Challenger, Gray & Christmas (C,G&C) team, focusing on Outplacement & Executive Coaching. C,G&C was the original outplacement firm started in 60's and has been helping people in transition achieve success ever since. He leads the Detroit office and is responsible for the practice in Michigan, Northwestern Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to joining Challenger, Gray & Christmas, he was the Chief Human Resource leader for two public companies, Dana Corporation & American Commercial Lines, Rich brings a diverse background to his new role. During his career he has had P&L responsibilities in the US & Europe. His career has lead him to leadership positions in Accounting, Strategic Planning, Operations, and Global Project Leadership. These varied roles have prepared him to be able to see business from many perspectives and allowed him connect quickly with people from all walks of life and business. These experiences provide him a unique "business" perspective that allows him to partner quickly with the people from the break room to the board room. Rich has spend the majority of the last years driving significant change in organizations ranging from startups and restructurings to acquisitions/divestitures and bankruptcies. His experiences have been gained by leading projects that impact people ranging in size from 25 to over 25,000 people. He not only lived in over 15 US cities but has also lived in Europe, where he gained an up close perspective on business and people outside the US. Rich is a strong believer in people and the power of teams. He gains his greatest satisfaction in helping people and teams achieve results that they never believed possible. He has successfully completed projects that: • Facilitated the creation of a new company vision, mission, & values • Created an HR strategy linked to the business goals with specific bottom line deliverables • Redesigned the HR policies and benefits in line with the needs of the business, resulting in "significant" cost reductions • Reorganized a business unit from a clean sheet of paper resulting in improved customer service, better support for the organization and 25% fewer people • Developed competency based career paths for all functions by involving over 100 people in the organization for ownership. • Coached a first time CEO and helped build and develop the new senior "team" Rich's philosophy in business is to build strong relationships based on listening to the needs of others and cemented through the achievement of specific results. Therefore, creating a foundation of trust and high value for the future. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey. Rich has always been an active member of the community. While in the Louisville area, he served on the Board of Directors of One Southern Indiana, Greater Clark County Educational Foundation, was a United Way volunteer , and is a Big Brother for BB/BS.



Kalamazoo, MI

October 19, 2018


Dick Shilts

Former Athletic Director

Kalamazoo Valley Community College



“Building Relationships: Going Deeper"

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Dick Schilts is the former Athletic Director at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He Graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education, a major in English, and a minor in Physical Education (1965). He also has a Master’s Degree from Akron University in Secondary education with a major in Physical Education. He started his coaching career at Wadsworth High School with the JV basketball and cross country teams in 1965. From 1966-67, he became the head coach at Wadsworth HS. Having only coached for two years, he won one Chippewa Conference Championship outright and one Co-Championship. In 1968, Dick got his first opportunity to coach college basketball at Akron University as the JV Basketball Coach and the Assistant Varsity Coach. He was soon offered a position as the JV and Assistant Varsity Coach at Western Michigan University where he would go on to serve as the Defensive Coordinator on WMU’s record-setting 25-3 MAC Championship team that made the NCAA sweet 16 in 1975-76 season - finishing 10th in the final National Poll. This quickly earned him the position of Head Coach the following season. His impressive success has led to numerous coaching accomplishments including: • Serving 32 years as Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) • 12 years as Michigan Community College Athletic Association President. • 30 years as Golf Coach at KVCC • 8 Western Conference Championships and 5 MCCAA State Championships at KVCC • 10 times in Final Four of MCCAA State Tournament • 650 wins in 32 years at KVCC • 700 career wins achieved in 2010-11 District 8 Championship game, qualifying KVCC for its first-ever NJCAA National Tournament appearance in Danville, IL • MCCAA’s first Athletic Director of the Year recipient (1990); received the same honor again in 2011. In addition to Dick’s impressive coaching career, he has authored three books including “Teaching Basketball Fundamentals,” “Spiritual vs. Worldly Success; a Christian Coach’s Dilemma,” and “Beginning Again.” Off the court, he has continued to lead athletes in his community as the Vice-President and President of the Michigan Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He even served as the Dean of ten consecutive Michigan FCA Summer Camps from 1974 – 1983. He has been married for 53 years to his talented and supportive wife, Carol, and is the proud father of four daughters and one son - all of whom are married and have college degrees. He is also the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson, 9 boys and 5 girls, ranging in age from 1 ½ to 23.

Event Information:

October 19, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Kalamazoo Country Club

1609 Whites Rd.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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Grand Rapids, MI

November 16, 2018


Phil Catlett

President & CEO

Better Business Bureau of Grand Rapids



“The Strategic Importance

of Trust”

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Phil Catlett is the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan. The BBB is located in Grand Rapids, with nearly 4300 Accredited Businesses and 60 Accredited Charities. Every Accredited Business and Charity agrees to operate in a way that builds marketplace trust. The BBB is a non-profit organization that has served West Michigan for more than 80 years, and nationally the BBB has been helping businesses and the public for more than 100 years. The BBB serving Western Michigan covers 38 counties from the Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge, including Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City. During Phil’s 7 years at the BBB, you may have seen news reports about the BBB shining a light on business scams, enhancing consumer education, and providing non-profit transparency through its Charity Review Program. You may know a business leader who has been through training as part of the BBB’s Education Foundation. This is the 7th year of the BBB sponsoring the Torch Awards to honor the best in business and non-profit trust-building. Prior to the BBB, Phil spent a majority of his career as Vice-President and General Manager of local radio stations including WLHT, WGRD, and The River. Phil’s community involvement has included leadership positions with many non-profit service organizations, including the Salvation Army, Walker Charter Academy, the YMCA, Rotary, Central Michigan University, and Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church. Phil and his wife Caroll live in Plainfield Township, and are fortunate enough to have their two children and their spouses and four grandchildren living nearby.

Event Information:

November 16, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

University Club of Grand Rapids

111 Lyon St NW, Suite 1025

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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