Why hello there, Ann Arbor.

Join us for five unique stories about the path to fulfilling work.
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There are five coming your way. Our five storytellers will share their personal journey to find fulfilling work and each will leave you with a challenge. These challenges will spark new ideas, partnerships, and opportunities. Ann Arbor is a launch pad for purpose-driven ventures and the perfect spot for an evening of connecting and idea share.

GO Where Meetings Matter

  • Doors open: 6:30pm
  • Show: 7-8:30pm
  • Networking: 8:30-9pm
  • Location: 4735 Washtenaw Ave,
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • Light appetizers, beer & wine will be provided.

Bob Fish

Co-President & CEO - Biggby Coffee
Michael J. McFall
Co-President & CEO - Biggby Coffee
JI HYE KIM
Managing Partner - Miss Kim
Rich Sheridan
CEO - Menlo Innovations
Grace Hsia
CEO - Warmilu
Erick Stewart
Co-Owner - Stewart Industries, LLC

Local Partner

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own.

Bob Fish

Bob Fish, Co-President/CEO of BIGGBY® COFFEE

BIGGBY® COFFEE, is a coffee café franchise concept established in 1995 with a single location in East Lansing, MI, and has now grown to 225 locations in 9 States.

Bob is Past Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Restaurant Association, Past Chairman of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and Founding Board member of MiQuest, a Michigan entrepreneurial incubator.

Bob is married, with a son in college and three dogs. He enjoys walking; mainly in the streets of East Lansing, home of the Michigan State University Spartans, where Bob received his degree from The School of Hospitality Business.

Michael J. McFall

Michael J. McFall, Co-President/CEO of BIGGBY® COFFEE

Personal:
Born and raised in Michigan.  Graduated from Milford High School in 89 after spending my junior year circumnavigating the globe.  Graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1994 with a degree in Economics, four varsity letters in golf and doing my foreign study in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  I am married to my beautiful wife Elizaveta and we are raising three wonderful children, Liam age 11, Klava age 10 and Oscar age three months.  We live in Ann Arbor.

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BIGGBY® COFFEE is a regional chain of coffee shops.  Over a 22 year journey we have developed a franchise model with over 240 stores operating with another 30 in development.  Each of our stores is owned and operated by an individual.  Our business model is facilitating the independent owner operator building a successful business using the BIGGBY® COFFEE systems and procedures, all the while within our dynamic culture.  Today, we are leveraging our brand and developing some exciting lines of business outside of our core business, the retail coffee franchise.  It is a very exciting time within BIGGBY® Nation.

Ji Hye Kim

Ji Hye Kim grew up in Korea eating and enjoying her mother’s homemade food. She has fond memories of family gatherings and holiday celebrations, where big meals, made from scratch, played a central roll. Ji Hye immigrated to the States at the age of 13 and settled in New Jersey.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ji Hye spent a few years as an executive in the health care insurance industry. Eventually, a burgeoning interest in food led her to Zingerman’s, where she learned a lot about the restaurant industry and became passionate about the organization’s customer service model.

Ji Hye spent three years in management roles at Zingerman’s Delicatessen before stepping onto the entrepreneurial path with a popular Asian street food venture called San Street at Mark’s Carts in Downtown Ann Arbor for four years. After this initial success, Ji Hye began focusing on building the business and expanding her knowledge. As part of her ongoing development, she worked with Chef Alex Young at Zingerman’s Roadhouse and traveled extensively.

In early 2015, Ji Hye’s time spent on the Zingerman’s Path-to-Partnership culminated with her becoming a managing partner. Her restaurant Miss Kim, opened in Downtown Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown neighborhood in late 2016, serving Korean food and drink rooted in tradition and adapted to the here and now. All dishes are made from scratch with ingredients from local farmers to build a menu that changes seasonally.

Rich Sheridan

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ...

Things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits to Greenfield Village every summer. The excitement of the Edison Menlo Park New Jersey Lab served as his siren call to create a workplace filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity and productivity.

Ultimately, Rich and his co-founder James Goebel invented their own company in 2001 to "end human suffering in the world as it relate to technology" by returning joy to one of the most unique endeavors mankind has ever undertaken:  the invention of software.

Their unique approach to custom software design, they named it High-tech Anthropology® has produced custom software that delights users rather than frustrating them. The programming team creates the software that works every day without the emergencies that are all too common in the tech industry. The process itself is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it. Many spend a week or more studying "The Menlo Way" being taught by the Menlonians who love to share their experience and knowledge.

In 2013, Rich and his publisher Penguin Random House took a chance that a business book with the words joy and love on the cover might have impact. They had no idea how the world yearned for such a message. His best selling book, Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love now has Rich traveling the world speaking about joy, creativity, and human energy in the workplace.

Grace Hsia

Grace Hsia is the CEO of @Warmilu, a global non-electric warming technology company. Warmilu manufactures warming technology solutions to reduce preterm death in resource scarce parts of the Horn of Africa and provide warming for stadiums and outdoor recreation. Warmilu has been recognized as a "Rising Startup" for the Detroit Techweek100 in 2017 and has been featured in Crain's Detroit and the Detroit Free Press. Warmilu was funded in the Winter 2017 University of Michigan Desai Accelerator cohort. Grace loves mentoring, connecting people, running, multitasking, strategy planning and execution, guest lecturing, speaking/inspiring at keynotes, Michigan, design critique, & materials science engineering. She is a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30: Manufacturing and Industry honoree, a materials scientist, and proud double Wolverine graduate from the University of Michigan, graduating with her BSE (Materials Science and Engineering) from the College of Engineering in 2012 and Master of Entrepreneurship from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and College of Engineering in 2013. She is a Manufacturing Institute Emerging Leader (2016 STEP Ahead Awards) Honoree. Prior to Warmilu, Grace worked at the University of Michigan First Customer Program as a Senior Project Manager for 4 years to directly identify and address critical gaps in business development, technology development, marketing, and sales for 200+ advanced technology companies. Altogether, with more than 76 projects, the program assisted with the development of 140 new products, helped support the creation of 414 new full time jobs, and helped generate $10 million in total new sales. Clients raised a total of $115 million in total external capital. #GoBlue! @GoGettingGrace @Warmilu (To learn more go to: http://warmilu.com)

Erick Stewart

Erick Stewart is the co-owner of Stewart Industries, LLC, a Battle Creek, MI based Value Added Sub-Assembly and Inspection Company established in May of 2000. The largest minority owned and operated firm in the Fort Custer Industrial Park, and a member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, STEWART Industries supplies high quality sub-assemblies to Tier One and OEM companies. In addition to a variety of Inspection, Kitting and Sequencing services.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Erick has garnered over 25 years’ experience working in the automotive manufacturing sector where he has championed responsibilities in the areas of Information Systems, Administration, Accounting and Procurement.

In 1994, he graduated from Southern University, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, with a B.S. in Marketing with an emphasis on Computer Science.

In 1994 he joined a growing Tier I automotive company where he began his career as a Specialist taking part in a pilot program training high level associates to become multifunctional. This experience moved him through key areas of the organization and created an unparalleled opportunity to learn the automotive supply business. Ultimately being promoted to Advanced Buyer of Procurement by 1998, he assumed responsibility over a variety of administrative, operational and manufacturing based projects.

In 2000, Mr. Stewart continued his career as an entrepneurer with the newly formed Stewart Industries, LLC with the concept of becoming a preferred supplier of sub-assembled products, contribute to his community and create superior value for customers and associates. Since 2000 STEWART Industries has seen modest revenue growth from $1M in 2001 to $43M in 2014, all with less than 3% turnover in associates.

Erick also serves his community by being active in a variety of areas. Since 2002 he has been a board member of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greater Battle Creek. Since 2003 he has served on the Starr Commonwealth Board, Battle Creek TIFA Board, the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Board & Finance Committee, in addition to the United Way of Greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Investment Chair. His leadership has proven invaluable during his tenures as chairperson of the Urban League of Battle Creek, Calhoun County Health Department – Health Equity Alliance, Battle Creek Chamber and the Urban League of Battle Creek Young Professionals.

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Stewart was born November 12, 1969, and resides in Battle Creek, Mi where he enjoys fostering new ways to become a more effective human being in a thriving community. His passions exist around improving the lives of our children by helping to create a vibrant, healthy, meaningful environment for them to grow.

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