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Dr. Robert Simpson

Rob has organized and led global business forums for the past 10 years. Additionally, he has traveled extensively to more than 35 countries where he witnessed businesses which have transformed communities and lives.

His academic and professional work has focused on the principles of business and social enterprise and the creation of societal transformation. In his current role as Associate Provost at Cornerstone University, he leads the Professional and Graduate Studies division. He designed and launched an MBA with a global kingdom business focus. Additionally, Rob has served as an adjunct faculty member at four universities.

Rob founded the Global Business Leadership Center and launched the Bglobal Studies Experiences through the center. Visit the Bglobal website at http://www.bglobalstudies.com.

Rob is married and has one daughter. He resides in Holland, MI. 

Mr. Skot Welch

Skot is Founder/Managing Partner of Global Bridge Builders (http://www.globalbridgebuilders.com), a  results-focused organization comprised of individuals with extensive experience in the development and implementation of sustainable, process-focused cultural competency and inclusion initiatives. Skot also served as Managing Partner for Diversity Management Strategists (DMS), a diversity consulting firm focused on the assessment, development and implementation of measurable diversity initiatives.

Skot is a business entrepreneur, consults regularly with global organizations and mentors other entrepreneurs in doing business from a kingdom perspective. He developed and facilitates courses in diversity, global business, marketing strategies and entrepreneurship as a faculty member at Cornerstone University.

Skot is married and has two children. He currently resides in Kentwood, MI. 

Scott McFarlane

Scott is the Managing Director for Compass Global and serves customers and partners in North America, Europe, and Asia. Compass Global works to assist companies with an Asian strategy by partnering with trusted technology partners in Asia and/or assessing market entry and growth strategies for accessing the growing Asian markets.  Compass Global has established like-minded and trusted partners to help companies realize a global strategy.

Scott has been traveling and working in Asia for the last 20 years.  Prior to starting Compass Global, Scott led the effort to open an office in the Philippines and served as the Asia Pacific Program Manager and ultimately as the Global Account Executive of Trax Technologies serving a Fortune 100 customer.  Scott has also lived in Hong Kong for 2 years, and directed a not-for-profit educating business students and executives about the unique opportunities to integrate one’s faith in God with his or her business calling.  Scott earned an MBA from Spring Arbor University in 2002.

Aside from his family and work, Scott currently serves on the board of the Global Business Leadership Center, and also on the board of Friends of Immanuel University, a Liberal Arts Christian University in India for the Dalit, lower caste, poor and marginalized young people seeking educational opportunities to lift them and their families out of poverty.

Scott is also an Adjunct Professor at Cornerstone University and Greenville College in their MBA program.

Scott is married and has 3 children. He resides in Greenville, IL (near St. Louis, MO.)

Mr. Joe Slaughter

Joe is Executive Chairman of Herff Jones Company, in Indianapolis, IN. During his more than 40 years of experience with the company, he has been exposed to all aspects of the organization.  During his tenure as President and CEO the company more than doubled annual revenues to over $1.1 B and became one of the nation’s largest 100% employee-owned ESOPs

Mr. Slaughter serves in various board and volunteer leadership capacities, including the board of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Greater Indianapolis YMCA, Second Helpings, Marian University and Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, IN. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University and his Master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Joe has participated as a visiting executive on the South Africa, India and China Bglobal Studies Experiences.

Joe is married. He resides in Indianapolis, IN. 

Dr. Mark Campbell

Mark is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Biochemistry and Art. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Wayne State University, Detroit. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Memberships include Kent County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society and American Medical Association.

Dr. Campbell is a Board of Trustee of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, as well as a board member of the Spectrum Health Foundation. Dr. Campbell has been a member of Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan since 1980, and serves as the corporate president. He is the executive director of the Spectrum Health Regional Cancer Network.

Mark is married. He resides in Muskegon, MI. 

Dr. Jim Mannoia

Jim was educated in physics at M.I.T. and in philosophy at Washington University St. Louis.  He served as president of Greenville College for 10 years until his retirement in July 2008. Previously, he was Academic Vice President and Dean at Houghton College (NY), Associate Academic Dean at Westmont College (CA), professor of physics at Grove City College (PA) and then for 15 years Professor of philosophy at Westmont. For two years, Dr. Mannoia was Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the University of  Zimbabwe.

He is a Senior Fellow for International Development at The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), and speaks, leads workshops, and consults both in the U.S. and abroad, especially in the area of Christian liberal arts. Among his recent international clients is the Ministry of Education in Rwanda, and for two years he worked as Managing Consultant for the Medes American University, a Christian university startup in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Besides GBLC he serves on the Boards of Seattle Pacific University, the U.S. Board for Immanuel University in Hyderbad India, the Center for Transformational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University, where also teaches in the doctoral program in higher education administration.

Dr. Mannoia grew up in Brazil, and his background includes leading many student groups abroad as well as living and working in higher education in South America, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. for 38 years

Jim is married. He currently resides in southern California.

Mr. Dwight Nordstrom

Dwight is a visionary pioneer and successful practitioner of Business as Mission. He has over 25 years of experience as a businessman in China. Since 1990, he has been the chairman of Pacific Resources International (PRI), a USA manufacturing-holding company with support functions of consulting and engineering for start-up and/or expansion of manufacturing and application engineering in China. PRI strongly supports doing both world-class business as well as the building of healthy local communities with good spiritual values.

Mr. Nordstrom has also been General Manager of 10 factories in China with employment ranging from 30 to over 750. In the late 1980s, he was also the China Country Manager for one of GE’s divisions; this was a GE corporate hire position. Mr. Nordstrom is currently co-chairman of Sourcing Forum for American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Mr. Nordstrom has written, on average, 1 published article per year since 1990.

Dwight is married and has two children. He resides in Beijing China. 

Mr. Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris has a strong executive career that includes leadership roles in global companies such as IBM, Japanese Automotive firm Calsonic, Haworth, and TE. He has experience in Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, and Sales and Marketing. He has led the construction of supply chains, plants and businesses around the globe, including in China, Vietnam, US, Africa, India and Brazil. Kevin has also established businesses in the USA and developed business launch plans in the US and Africa.

Kevin’s career includes roles as Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for TE Connectivity’s eight billion US dollar Global Supply Chain and Vice President of their 2 billion US dollar, 22,000 employee, Asia Pacific Consumer Electronics Operations. He also served as Chairman of Shanghai Communications Instruments Inc. and Director of Operations for Haworth Incorporated’s emerging markets. He also led Calsonic’s (Japanese Automotive firm) Exhaust division manufacturing and engineering in the USA.

Kevin has hosted MBA programs around the globe on doing business in emerging markets. Participants have included Cornerstone University, CEIBS-China, Bradley University’s Foster College Business School and Emory University. Kevin is a native of the United States. He currently holds three board positions. He acquired his MBA, Engineering degree, Six Sigma Black Belt training and CQE certification in North America.

Kevin is married with 3 children. He has lived in China since 2004.

Mr. Denny Cherette

Denny Cherette began his real estate career in 1977 and founded his first real estate firm in 1982. After selling that company to a large development group, he founded Investment Property Associates (IPA) in 1985, where he served as president and partner for more than 26 years. In 1993, he co-founded IPA Management to oversee the company’s growing portfolio. Under his leadership, IPA and IPA Management grew to more than 130 employees with operations throughout western Michigan and in Phoenix, Arizona.  In early 2012, Denny left IPA and IPA Management to establish Cherette Group. By that time, IPA’s portfolio had grown to include more than 5 million square feet owned and/or managed. The portfolio included more than 3,600 multifamily units and student housing beds with an additional 900 units under development, as well as substantial investments in office, medical, and retail facilities.

Denny has been involved in the leadership of many community organizations including the following:

*          University of Michigan Pancreatic Cancer Advisory Board
*          Corporate Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board, Community Shores Bank
*          Chairman of the Board, Mercy General Health Partners
*          Chairman of the Board, Hospice of North Ottawa Community Foundation
*          Founding Member, Board of Directors, Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan
*          Chairman, Economic Development Corporation of the City of Grand Haven
*          Chairman, Grand Haven Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
*          Chairman, Tri-Cities Soccer Association
*          National Board of Directors, First Priority

Denny is married and has four children.  He resides in Grand Haven, Michigan.