MY BUSINESS ... MYSELF
Along with serving as President & CEO of Technical Professional Services, Inc. (TPS), a professional staffing firm I founded in 1983, I am also owner of Acqua In Vino, a specialty wine and cheese shop in Wayland, and property manager and owner of Cobblestone Plaza, a 23,000-squarefoot restaurant, banquet and office facility in Caledonia. TPS has held several contracts with government agencies and departments and has operated in as many as 23 states; 19 at any one time.
The greatest challenges facing the staffing industry today are: 1) the search for quality candidates with the everwidening skills gap and the growing shortage of skilled laborers; 2) increased regulations at the federal and state level; and 3) healthcare reform and increased government involvement.
There's a lot happening in Michigan that makes it a great place to do business. The best part of operating businesses in Michigan is the availability of skilled workers; highquality, locally-produced products; and the availability of loyal customers.
WHY I BELONG TO THE CHAMBER
It's difficult to stay on top of all the issues that can directly or indirectly affect a business. The experienced specialists at the Michigan Chamber work year-round to represent and inform members of legislative developments and how they can affect our businesses. The Chamber is our one source to stay ahead of legislation and regulation and gives us a unified voice to deal with those issues. Small business can't do it alone.