Mike will be discussing the latest developments with LinkedIn along with some tips and tricks to be more productive using LinkedIn.
Michael has a broad background in consulting and business development. He has worked with gazelle companies and multi-billion dollar corporations in the telecommunications, retail (corporate), IT, scientific, Web marketing/development, healthcare and domestic and international nonprofit industries. His fields of expertise include social media, organizational communications, business development, human resources, staffing and contingent workforce management.
Michael is currently the social media consultant for Spectrum Health System. His responsibilities include corporate strategy, governance, monitoring, influence marketing, training and education. Michael is also the leader/manager of LinkedUp Grand Rapids. He is responsible for taking LinkedUp Grand Rapids from a few hundred to nearly 13,000 members in 5 ½ years. It is currently the largest LinkedIn non-alumni networking group in the State of Michigan.
Additionally, Michael is a regular guest presenter at various colleges, universities, conferences, workshops, trade associations and civic groups. He typically presents on current trends and issues related to social networking and social media marketing for businesses and business professionals. Michael has a BA in speech & communications from Geneva College in Pennsylvania and an MA in organizational communications from Western Michigan University. He has served as a board member for the Specialized Language Development Center, and as a Communications committee member for Calvin Christian High School, and is the board Secretary of RandyDon Ministries board of directors. A long-time resident of Grand Rapids, he lives on the Northwest side of the city with his wife and three children.