2014 Conference

Rebuilding and Reinventing: Personally, Professionally and Within Your Community

Michigan Finance Authority – Open Board Meeting

Thursday May 15, 2014
(2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Grand Traverse Resort
Michigan “E’ Ballroom


Reception – The Village at Grand Traverse Commons


Thursday, May 15, 2014
11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. and Friday 1:00pm

Building 50 Tour(s)
830 Cottageview Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Thursday, May 15, 2014
(6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Reception – The Chapel

(Shuttle service between the Grand Traverse Resort and The Chapel will be provided).

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Conference Venue – Grand Traverse Resort


Friday, May 16, 2014
(7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Tower Ballroom
100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard
Acme, MI 49610

Wine Tour
(1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Meet in the Grand Traverse Hotel lobby at 12:45pm

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Keynote Speaker:


MARILYN TAMUsing What You’ve Got to Achieve Personal Excellence

Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate Coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co. and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, Vice President of Nike Inc. and also a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies.

Marilyn is a contributing writer to Huffington Post, and she has a weekly radio show, The Happiness Choice on FMG network, featuring experts in how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.

Her life is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams. She grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. She left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success.

She is now an international selling author, and she speaks, facilitates workshops and consults with corporations, organizations and people to achieve greater success and happiness. Marilyn helps people and organizations find and fulfill their life purpose, and provide them with the principles and action steps to take them their goals. Her NPR (Net Promoter Score), the industry standard for measuring customer satisfaction, from her clients is among the highest rated of all speakers.

Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur magazine. Jack Canfield detailed her work in his book on the strategies for success, “The Success Principles”.

Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally.

Among her numerous recognition and awards is the Artemis Award from the Greek Government and Euro-American Women’s Council, with her image on a Greek postage stamp. Marilyn is featured in many documentary movies including GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source, and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom. Marilyn’s new book, “The Happiness Choice” was the top 3 most read book by businesses according to 800 CEO Read, the leading business book supplier. The book won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards 2013. The book shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success, and for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health. Her book, “How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want”, is in six languages. Her book, “Living the Life of Your Dreams” was eBook of the Year 2011 in the Inspirational/Visionary category.




Kory KogonProfessional Productivity in the 21st Century

Kory Kogon is passionate about helping organizations grow their people and their bottom line results. Her expertise in coaching, training, and consulting has proved beneficial at all levels throughout an organization from business owners, to managers, to staff.

Clients describe her as dynamic and straight forward. She consistently motivates people to take action. Clients appreciate her ability to offer real world skills that they can apply “now—not next year.” Kory’s main clients include companies and agencies in the federal and city government, hotel and supply chain management industries.

Kory joined FranklinCovey with a range of unique skills and expertise. In addition to owning her own training and consulting firm, Kory spent over 11 years as an Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations for AlphaGraphics, Inc., a printing franchise with over 300 business centers worldwide.

She was responsible for helping franchisees start up their business, develop staff, and reach profitability in a highly competitive, commodity-driven industry. She also provided training and development in all areas of performance including Quality ISO 9000, technology, e-commerce, human resources, learning-training systems, sales and marketing, financial systems, and operational performance.

Kory has worked in the hospitality industry where she held executive positions in sales, sales management, and training.

In 2005 Kory was honored as one of the “Top 30 Women to Watch” by Utah Magazine. She is the President of the Tucson chapter of The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). She is an active member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches as well as the National Association of Women Business Owners. Kory lives in Tucson, Arizona. She loves the outdoors. She enjoys any sporting activity and is an avid racquetball player.


The Village at Grand Traverse Commons: A Community Endeavor

A panel discussion with:


Raymond Minervini II, Developer

Since 2002 Raymond Minervini II has been a partner in The Minervini Group LLC, a company formed by Ray Minervini, Sr. to undertake the redevelopment of the former Traverse City State Hospital. The blighted, historic campus is being preserved and transformed into The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a mixed use 63-acre neighborhood of condominiums, apartments, offices, shops and award winning locally-sourced food and beverage makers. To date, the existing re-use of their properties is now nearly 50% complete. Raymond’s primary role is administration of the business, including overseeing public/private redevelopment programs, municipal and government approvals, as well as managing marketing for The Minervini Group’s efforts.

Prior to The Village project, Raymond was a ten-year veteran of the advertising/marketing profession. He grew up in the Detroit area and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Christie moved to Traverse City in 1998, where they are raising their daughter.



Jean M. Derenzy, Deputy Director of Planning and Development

Jean M. Derenzy has served as Deputy Director of Planning and Development for Grand Traverse County since 1998. She has focused much of her efforts for the County on economic development initiatives, including working to make financing available to private entities, particularly “gap” financing tools that allow business start-up or expansion in the area. She led efforts to establish the County Land Bank Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority in 1998. Since then, she has helped to bring in over $12 million in grant and loan funds from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment for County Brownfield projects, and has established over $200 million in new development in the County. Her expertise in economic development and brownfield initiatives led her to work with The Minervini Group LLC to develop The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Jean continues to serve as Director of the County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Land Bank Authority, and is a frequent speaker to state and national audiences on Brownfield programs. She also is involved with the Planning Commission for Elk Rapids Township, where she makes her home, and with the Grand Traverse Area United Way.


2014 Honorary Chairs


Jill Coverdill Director of Internal Audit, Munson Healthcare

Jill Coverdill is the Director of Internal Audit at Munson Healthcare, a regional not-for-profit health care system headquartered in Traverse City. She leads her team in conducting financial, operational, compliance, and strategic audits and also serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer, with oversight for the corporate compliance program. Prior to joining Munson in 2005, she worked at Plante Moran PLLC for 9 years, providing assurance services for healthcare clients. Her professional career also includes finance, accounting, and operational positions with healthcare and service organizations in the greater Detroit area.

Jill has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University, summa cum laude with a major in accounting. She holds a Michigan Certified Public Accountant license and her professional activities include the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She has served on the boards of the Traverse Health Clinic and the Cedar Rod and Gun Club and is an active volunteer in various community initiatives.



Anne Giroux Marquette County Treasurer

Anne Giroux has served as Marquette County Treasurer since July 2007. As the elected Treasurer she is responsible for managing all cash and investments for the county, the collection of delinquent real property taxes and acts as the foreclosing governmental unit for unpaid taxes. Giroux also serves as Chair and Executive Director of the Marquette County Land Bank Authority and Treasurer and Executive Director of the Marquette County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She has worked in local government finance for 15 years.

Giroux has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Northern Michigan University. She serves as Secretary of the Michigan Association of County Treasurers, President of the Upper Peninsula Association of County Treasurers and serves on the Board of Directors of the newly established Michigan Association of Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities. Giroux also serves on the board of the Marquette County Community Foundation.



Tamera Powers, CFO, MBA Director of Finance and Support Staff Human Resources, Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Tamera Powers has served as the Director of Finance and Support Staff Human Resources at Kenowa Hills Public Schools during the last 3 years of her 16 years in educational services. In her current role, she oversees all matters related to the District’s financial resources, human resources for support staff, facility operations, student transportation operations, and food service operations.

Tamera earned her BS in Accounting and BS in Finance from Ferris State University and Masters of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Throughout her years of service in education she has been a member of various professional organizations such as Michigan Negotiators Association, Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators, Michigan Pupil Accounting & Attendance Association, Michigan Association of State/Federal Program Specialist, Association of School Business Officials International and Michigan School Business Officials where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.



Glenda Rader Assistant Director of State Aid and School Finance

Glenda Rader is the Assistant Director of the Michigan Department of Education State Aid and School Finance Office. She has been employed by the State of Michigan for 36 years. Her MDE responsibilities include; distribution of over $11 Billion in State school aid funds, developing and encouraging Michigan public school district business offices to utilize standard accounting principles, monitoring deficit school districts and data analysis and reporting of various school related financial data. She obtained a degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan. She has a passion for working with kids and volunteers in the Trinity Church Children’s Ministry.



Sally J. Vander Ploeg Vice President for Administration and Finance – Calvin College

Sally Vander Ploeg is the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Calvin College, and has been with the college since 1999. Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an enrollment of over 4,000 students. She served as the Director of Gift Planning for over 13 years, and was responsible for negotiating and closing both planned gifts and non-cash gifts to the college, creating and implementing gift planning marketing programs, overseeing the Gift Planning Advisory Council, and working with the William Spoelhof Society. Sally moved to the finance area in December 2012, and was appointed to the position of Vice President in June 2013, where she is responsible for the finance and physical plant areas of the college. Prior to joining Calvin College, she was an international tax attorney for Amway Corporation, assisting them with opening their new markets overseas. She is a CPA and has her JD from the School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Board Meeting – Grand Traverse Resort, Michigan “E” Ballroom

11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. Building 50 Tour – The Village of Grand Traverse Commons

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Networking Event – The Village of Grand Traverse Commons, The Chapel


Friday, May 16, 2014 – Grand Traverse Resort, Tower Ballroom

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Introductory Remarks

Marianne Shiff, President, Michigan Women in Finance

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Raymond Minervini and Jean Derenzy – The Village at Grand Traverse Commons: A Community Endeavor

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kory Kogon – Professional Productivity in the 21st Century

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Marilyn Tam – Using What You’ve Got to Achieve Personal Excellence

12:15 p.m. Box Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wine Tour


Hotel Accommodations


A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Reservations must be made by April 15, 2014 in order to receive the group rate of $129.00 – $159.00 plus applicable state and local taxes. These special rates are available May 13 – 18 based on availability.

To make reservations online, click on the following link:

Room Reservation MWIF 2014 Conference

To make a reservation by telephone, you may call the Grand Traverse Resort at (800) 968-7352 . Be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

Early Bird Registration

Don’t delay; win a free stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa!

Register to attend our 2014 annual conference by February 28th, 2014 and your name will be entered into our Early Bird Drawing for a chance to win two nights free stay at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa during our May 2014 MWIF annual conference!

Non-transferable, must attend to obtain 2 night room credit.


We would like to thank the following companies for their generous support and contribution.


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