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Fall Conference Keynote: Ron Kitchen

Ron Kitchens

Meet PDI’s Keynote Speaker for the Upcoming 2017 Fall Symposium: Ron Kitchens, CEO Southwest Michigan First

To emphasize this year’s conference theme, “Rise to the Occasion: Thought Leadership in Economic Development”, Ron’s focus will be to assist leaders to accelerate their impact and well-being in career, family and community.

Ron is the senior partner and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, an economic consulting firm, which includes Consultant Connect and the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund. He is the publisher of 269 MAGAZINE™, board member of Impact Athletic, chairman of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and a Trustee of Western Michigan University. He is the founder of the leadership conference Catalyst University and the co-founder of NEXT, an invitation-only leadership symposium for global economic development leaders.

Ron and his teams have been extensively featured in over 100 national and international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CBS, NBC, Fox, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist and National Public Radio.

Ron Kitchens will be giving the keynote address on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and he will speak again in the afternoon during one of our concurrent breakout sessions.

Check out our full conference schedule and register today.

PDI Fall Conference | September 27-29, 2017 | Cedar Rapids, IA


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