Leadership: Engaging, Equipping, and Empowering Others

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Keynote Speakers

John Lowery President/CEO Applied Imaging

John Lowery is the founder and President/CEO of Applied Imaging, one of the USA’s

largest and most successful office technology dealerships.

Applied Imaging has evolved from a stand-alone copier dealership into a

single source office solutions provider by offering managed network services, document

management hardware and software, managed print services, high speed production

printers, wide format printers, facilities management, and multiple lines of multifunction

products (MFP’s) and office printers. Now in its 32nd year, Applied Imaging has grown to

100M in revenue including eleven locations throughout Michigan and over 400

employees. At the beginning of 2017, the company moved into their new 63,000 square

foot Grand Rapids headquarters at 5555 Glenwood Hills Parkway SE, Grand Rapids,


John understands that the success of Applied Imaging is built through the organization

and team, so he has created a work environment where people feel energized, enabled,

and engaged, resulting in an exceptional customer experience. John’s leadership style

allows him to be approachable, present, and available, allowing his team to be unified

behind his vision. He recognizes that Applied Imaging is more than a successful

company; it is a company that makes a difference in the community. To illustrate, he

encourages and allows employees to use company time to volunteer at local


Wilbert Long, Jr. Chairman of the Board and CEO of Strategic Supply Chain Solutions, LLC, CEO, Owner of The Sawmill Golf Club, Saginaw, MI

Accomplished Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Operations executive with more than 30 years of experience using exceptional communication and leadership skills to coach, manage, and motivate diverse professionals in challenging environments. Experienced professional in the Automotive, Aerospace, Aluminum and Oil and Gas industries with demonstrated focus on total cost of ownership and operations management. Solid experience in planning, implementing, and executing strategies resulting in greater customer confidence and strengthened business results. Embraces diverse environments committed to promoting creativity, effective problem solving, and breakthrough results.

Wilbert currently serves as CEO of Strategic Supply Chain Solutions, following a distinguished career as:

CPO/Vice President in the Energy Sector (BP).

Vice President Global Commodity Management in the Aluminum Sector (Alcoa)

Director/General Manager in the Aerospace Sector (Honeywell)

Operations/Purchasing/Supplier Quality Leader in the Automotive Sector (General Motors)

Local Speaker

Rob Garpiel President, Garpiel Group

In 1997, Rob Garpiel started Garpiel Landscaping, which later became known as Garpiel Group. In the beginning, Rob knew he enjoyed being outside, cutting grass and making the outdoors look better. A natural entrepreneur, Rob quickly found joy in controlling his own destiny. The next success was growing the business large enough to hire his brothers, Matt, then 17, and Joe, then 13. The three realized the blessing of creating a family business that fulfilled a need.

Today, Rob’s personal vision is to help team members achieve their dreams and goals. His greatest satisfaction with Garpiel Group, thus far, has been watching team members flourish as they live the company’s vision, mission and core values.

Our Moderators will be Gene Pickleman, President/CEO, Tri-Star Trust, CC GLBR Chapter Board Chair and Mark Sauter, President, GTP Associates, CC GLBR Education Committee team member. 

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