J. W. Fisher, Owner of Fisher Companies, Fisher Contracting
J. W. has worked for the family business throughout his life. J. W. has a B. S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He has worked for Fisher Contracting since 1980, the last 14 years as its president. J. W. has been an active member of the Great Lakes Safety Training Center, serving as a member of its Board of Directors, including a term as President. J. W. is also an active member of the Contractor Owners Steering Team.
Mark Trinklein, Controller, Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Mark is a CPA and currently works as a Controller for Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc. in Midland, MI. He has been in this role since 2008 and is responsible for all accounting-related activities within the company including assisting management in interpreting and utilizing managerial accounting information. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Manager at Burnside & Lang, P. C. While there, he managed audits, worked on management advisory services as well as employee benefit consulting and administration. Mark’s community activities (past & present) include Noon Exchange Club, Junior Achievement, United Way, various committees with the City of Midland and Lincoln Township Clerk. He also has memberships (past & present) with the American Institute of CPA’s, Michigan Association of CPA’s, Leadership Midland and the Midland County Township Officers Association. Mark currently resides in Lincoln Township.
Ronnie Neumann, President, Alloy Construction
Owner of Alloy Construction Service, Inc., Ronnie left a career in Physical Therapy in 1981 to join her husband Bob in founding the company and took over the helm upon his death in 1991. She jointly operates the firm located in Midland with her son Mike. Ronnie just completed one term on the GLSTC board of directors and serves on various other non-profit boards in the area including formalized partnerships that offer construction career exploration opportunities to high school students.
Jeff Berger, Director of Facilities, Covenant Healthcare
Jeff was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan and started working at the Nexteer Automotive, former General Motors Steering Gear, in 1994 as a Facilities Maintenance Manager. Jeff joined Covenant HealthCare in November 2012 as the Director of Facilities. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University. Jeff has had past involvement in coaching for Southwest Little League in Bay City, Children’s Learning Center Dyslexia walk, and 18 years overseeing the Berger Family Endowed Scholarship for Saginaw Valley State University College of Business and Management.
Michael Erickson, VP Facilities and Construction, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
Michael is responsible for the infrastructure, equipment, grounds, security, safety and construction at all MidMichigan Medical Centers. He has been in his current position for seven years. Prior to his position at the medical center, he was Assistant Vice President at a major medical center outside Baltimore, Maryland for eleven years. He also served in the U.S. Army for fourteen years. Mike holds a Master’s of Science in Technology Management and an MBA, both from the University of Maryland. He is also CBET certified in biomedical engineering. Mike lives in Midland with his wife, Annmarie and his four children: Michael (14), Collin (13), Jack (12) and Jessica (10).
Ted High, VP of Commercial Operations, Three Rivers Corporation
Ted joined TRC in 2002 and has experience in the field of project management since the 1980’s and has experience in industrial, correctional, high-tech manufacturing and public projects. He is responsible for providing leadership and managing customer relationships, safety and all activities within the commercial market while executing the TRC business plan. Ted holds a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska and is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Joe Jachens, Environmental Health and Safety Leader, Dow Chemical Company
Joe was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and started working at Dow Chemical in Pittsburg, California in 1987 before transferring to Dow’s Michigan Operations in 2004. Joe is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and during his time at Dow has worked in a variety of manufacturing positions, the last 7 years in Environmental Health and Safety. Joe has completed one full term on the GLSTC board and has had past non-profit board involvement on the Midland Fraternal Northwest Little League board. Joe has been a volunteer baseball and basketball coach in Midland for the past 15-years.
Russ Kerlin, Project Leader, Dow Corning Corporation
Russ has worked in safety and related fields for over 30 years and has been an employee of Dow Corning for 25 of those years. He was the Safety & Loss Prevention Manager at Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation in Hemlock, which included oversight of construction safety during major expansion activities at that location, and he is currently working in Dow Corning’s Process Safety group in Midland. Russ resides in Midland and is married with three children. He has served one term on the GLSTC board.
Jim Sears, Global EHS Director, C.B. Richard Ellis
Jim was born and raised in Southern Illinois and attended Murray State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health in 1997. Jim is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has 18 years of professional experience within the field of Environmental, Safety & Health (EHS). He began his career with 3M Company in Nevada, MO as a Safety Engineer before transferring to Detroit, MI in 2002 where he worked as the EHS Supervisor. Jim has also worked at Cabot Corporation and Evergreen Solar both located in Midland as the EHS Manager at each respective location. When Evergreen Solar ceased operations in 2011 he went to work for Koch Industries as a Safety & Health Leader in their Fort Dodge, IA location and as a Regional Safety & Health Manager for their Georgia Pacific Division based out of Atlanta, GA. Jim was finally able to return home to Midland in 2013 when he began his current role with CBRE on the Dow Chemical account working within the Workplace Services organization.
Don Taylor, Global H&S, Medical, Security Manager, Nexteer Automotive
Don has worked for Nexteer for 42 years. His career started as an engineering co-op through Delta College. Later, Don received his Bachelor of Science, Safety Engineering degree from Kennedy Western University. Over the years Don has taught numerous industrial safety courses around the state. He has conducted H&S, Medical, Security Audits and H&S training for GM, Delphi, and Nexteer in Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Brazil, China, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, Canada and US. In Don’s spare time he serves on St. Matthew’s Vestry Board. He is currently the Global H&S, Medical, Security Manager of all Nexteer locations.
Roger White, Owner/Partner Lake Painting
Roger joined Lake Painting in 1991 working primarily with abrasive blasting and specialty coating applications in many plants throughout the state. After various levels of management and responsibilities, he has honed his customer relationship and management skills while working his way up through the organization to his current role of owner/partner. His knowledge of the painting and specialty coatings industry along with his NACE training has proven extremely beneficial to his work and Lake Painting. Roger has been married to his wife Shelly since 1988 and they share a daughter, Nichole. In his spare time, Roger enjoys walleye fishing on the Saginaw Bay as well as deer hunting and snowmobiling.