Professions in Transition

Oct 6, 2006

Kettering teams with Automation Alley to address strategies for redefining opportunities in the marketplace

Automation Alley, which drives the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's technology economy, and Kettering University will host "Professions in Transition Symposium" at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at Kettering University in Flint. The symposium's goal is to address two topics vital to the economic recovery of the area: Economic Insights and Strategies for Redefining your Market, presented by George Erickcek of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and Unlocking your Business Potential, featuring James McTevia of McTevia and Associates/Management and Financial Consultants.

The symposium is open to the public. The cost is $15 per person.

George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W.E. Upjohn Institute, received his master's in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently edits Business Outlook for West Michigan, a quarterly report on the economic conditions and performance of metropolitan areas in West Michigan. Erickcek will speak on the changing economy and the need to re-engineer Southeast Michigan's driving workforce. Opportunities in this transitioning economy will be identified.

James McTevia is a managing member of McTevia & Associates of Bingham Farms, Michigan and West Palm Beach, Florida. A pioneer in the field of crisis management, McTevia and his firm have a well-earned national reputation as business problem solvers. Author of the books Financial Reality and the critically acclaimed Bankrupt: A Society Living in the Future, he has dedicated his life to salvaging businesses and corresponding lives. McTevia will outline issues related to change and transition across industries and the future for small to medium sized companies in Southeast Michigan. He will include successful strategies for responding to change and transition.

For more information or to register for this event, call (800) 427-5100 or visit the Automation Alley website and click on "Calendar of Events." Welcome and opening remarks begin at 3 p.m., followed by George Erickcek and then Jim McTevia around 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Automation Alley Workforce Development Committee.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley drives the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's technology economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

More than 650 businesses, educational institutions and government entities belong to Automation Alley, covering an eight county area and the City of Detroit. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through the Automation Alley International Business Center, which provides business attraction services and exporting assistance; the Automation Alley Technology Center, which brings together businesses, educators and government to help entrepreneurs accelerate technology commercialization, and the GLIMA Network, a state-wide association for individuals engaged with and involved in technology-oriented industries.

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu