Blog Archives

June 02, 2017

When:       Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Where:     The Lansing Center, First Floor “The Pub”

Speaker:   Jim Cash, Founder of Revel Custom Wine Cellars

Topic:        “Alignment”

Jim Cash dropped out of high school and joined the Army at the age of 17. After his discharge, he took advantage of the GI Bill to earn a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance. The bulk of his professional career was spent here in the Lansing area as part of The Christman Company’s executive management team where he served for 22 years, most recently as President of Christman Capital Development Company. He lives in East Lansing with Carol, his wife of 25 years, and has two adult daughters, Rachel and Marissa.

In 2009, Jim formed Revel Custom Wine Cellars, which designs and builds what have been hailed as “The World’s Best Wine Cellars”. All of Revel’s cellars are based on unique, propriety and patented designs he has personally created. Revel has been featured in numerous prestigious publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg and Wine Spectator. Revel’s clients include some of the world’s most sophisticated wine collectors as well as celebrities and business leaders that are household names. Revel’s cellars are all made in Michigan, and shipped throughout the US and around the world. Jim’s talk will recount how his journey broke nearly every tenant of conventional business wisdom in order to create a new brand, using a unique business model that quickly became the gold standard, while having no formal design training or prior experience in the wine cellar business.


May 26, 2017

We are not meeting on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

May 19, 2017

When:                Friday, May 19, 2017

Where:              The Crowne Plaza, 925 S. Creyts Road

What:                 Special All Music Program

Who:                   New MSU Musical Theater Touring Company

Title:                  “Bite of Broadway”

New MSU Musical Theatre Touring Company

The Musical Theatre Touring Company is a group of elite students from MSU’s Musical Theatre immersion program who will take musical theatre performances on the road and across the country as part of a collaboration with the Wharton center and MSU’s Department of Theatre.

“The students will have more opportunities to hone their craft, present material in a variety of performance venues, and continue to grow as artists,” said Brad Willcuts, Assistant Professor of Theatre.

The Musical Theatre Touring Company will perform regionally and be available for alumni organizations and related events across the country.  The group was created in a way to allow it to be shaped for various occasions.  “We chose to create a musical theatre company because it can appeal to various organizations including those not necessarily familiar with theatre in general,” Willcuts said.  “Musicals can reach all sorts of people, groups, and events.  This touring company could feasibly perform for a very large range of events since the range of musical styles is equally as large”.

The Musical Theatre Touring Company is under the direction of Brad Willcuts and Alisa Hauser with musical direction by Dave Wendelberger.   It features students Anna Birmingham, Emma Callis, Jacob Covert, Sarah Davis, Katelyn Hodge, Lukas Jacob, Taylor McPhail, Melanie Vandenberg, and Max Sanders.

May 12, 2017

When:            Friday, May 12, 2017

Where:           The Lansing Center, Second Floor

Speaker:        Sheri Jones, WLNS News Anchor

Topic:             “Community Service Thru the News”


May 05, 2017

When:            Friday, May 5, 2017

Where:           The Lansing Center, First Floor

Speaker:        Dr. George E. Kikano, Dean of CMU College of Medicine

Topic:             “Overview of CMU’s College of Medicine”

April 28, 2017

 When:            Friday, April 28th,  2017

Where:           The Lansing Center

Speakers:        Panelist:  Missy Lilje, Courtney Millbrook, Deb Mikula, Emily Sutton-Smith and Barb Whitney

Topic:              “The Arts Culture in the Region”

April 21, 2017

When:            Friday, April 21st,  2017

Where:           The Country Club of Lansing, 2200 Moores River Drive

Speaker:         Rebecca Poynter, President at LSJ

Topic:              “The Importance of Local News”


Rebecca Poynter Steckler is president of the Lansing State Journal and Gannett Mid-Michigan; part of the USA Today Network which delivers the largest and most engaged audience in Mid-Michigan, provides the communities they serve award winning news and information, and brings local businesses unmatched resources to help their business grow.

In her position, she overseas Gannett Mid-Michigan, USA Today Network which includes the Lansing State Journal, Port Huron Times Herald Battle Creek Enquirer, Livingston Press & Argus, Observer & Eccentric and Northville Record.  She was named to her present position in August of 2016.  Earlier she served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing,

Her first media industry sales job was as a sales representative for Detroit Media Partnership in 1997.  Her career path took her to Gannett Co. Inc.’s Army Times Publishing Co., USA TODAY, and to the Lexington Herald Leader.  She returned to Detroit in 2007 as Vice President of Vertical Sales and was named Senior Vice President of Advertising in 2008.

She earned a degree in Journalism from University of Kentucky.  Prior to her first position with Gannett, she worked in the beverage industry, at the Coca-Cola Company.

Steckler is a two time Gannett President’s Ring Winner for excellence in advertising sales.  She serves on the boards of MNI, the marketing affiliate of the Michigan Press Association and Focus:  HOPE.

April 07, 2017

When:                 Friday, April 7, 2017

Where:                The Lansing Center, First Floor – Hall “B”

Speaker:             Becky Douglas, Rising Star Outreach

Topic:                  “A Partnership That’s Making A Difference”


Becky Douglas is the founder and president of Rising Star Outreach, a non-profit that works with the leprosy-affected of India.  Her organization uses micro-credit to create economic self-reliance, provides medical services, and gives a world-class education to the children of the leprosy colonies.

Becky is the subject of the Gracie Award-winning PBS documentary, Breaking the Curse, and the Emmy Award-winning Documentary by Profiles in Caring. She was the recipient of the John Houston Allen Humanitarian of the Year Award by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.  She received the “Classic Woman Award” in 2009 by Traditional Homes Magazine.  Her work has been featured in the Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, and numerous other journals and magazines, as well as by the BBC, ABC, NBC, and other television networks.

Becky’s work has touched audiences across the world.  She spreads the message that within each of us lies the power to make a difference in the world.

Becky is married to John L. Douglas, an international banking attorney with Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City.  They are the parents of ten children.


March 31, 2017

When:          Friday, March 31,  2017

Where:        The Lansing Center, Second Floor

Speaker:      Wayne Sieloff, President & CEO Capital Region Airport Authority

Topic:           “Going Up From Here and Lansing’s AirPorts”

March 24, 2017

When:           Friday, March 24,  2017

What:            Dual Meeting with The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission

Where:          The Lansing Center, Second Floor

Time:             Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.   Speaker will start at Noon

Speaker:      Dan Lohrmann

Topic:            Cybersecurity:  Emerging Issues

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.  Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master’s degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.