Panel Set for Final Mfg Growth Alliance Event on Managing Multi-Generational Workforces

If your small manufacturing operation, like many across Michigan, has a multi-generational look to it, with men and women from a broad range of ages working side-by-side, the team at the Manufacturing Growth Alliance is ready to help you sort out some of the issues unique to that cross-generational line up.

Small manufacturers from all across the state are invited to the last event of a series being hosted by the Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) to celebrate Michigan’s $105 billion Manufacturing Industry during Manufacturing month.

The final event of the series titled “Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce,” will be hosted virtually next Tuesday, October 27th from 11 am to noon. In the roundtable discussion, manufacturers will hear from industry experts and learn best practices about how to lead a multi-generational workforce.

The discussion will be led by Dan Peat, Board Secretary and Treasurer for the Manufacturing Growth Alliance and Senior Director of Business Development at Benton Harbor-based Kinexus Group. Dan has served in a variety of leadership roles since 2012 at Kinexus Group from directing the business and economic development teams to delivering customized trainings for employers. In addition to his duties at Kinexus Group, Dan and his wife Leah own and operate a craft hard cider manufacturing company, Peat’s Original Cider, which has a production space in Paw Paw and a taproom/bowling alley in Stevensville called Peat’s Cider Social.

Panelists include:

  • Kellie Haines, who is the President of Axious Incorporated in Grand Rapids. Kellie joined Axios in 1992 and through her leadership, the company has grown from a staffing agency into a full-service human resources company, providing clients with a variety of customized solutions that optimize human and organizational performance. Today, as President, Kellie is responsible for financial and operational aspects for all divisions of Axios. Kellie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University, and has completed several executive courses at Harvard Business School.
  • Ed Holinski, who is a Business Leader and Executive Adviser at Shepherd Advisors in Ann Arbor. He works closely with CEOs of mid-size companies, coaching on leadership development and organizational growth. He specializes in growth strategy clarification, leadership development and culture change. As a transformation consultant who works across numerous industries, Ed uses organization development as a growth lever. He is purpose driven and gets great gratification from growing organizations and people simultaneously. Ed started, turned around and led several businesses in the e-learning and financial services sectors. He has a BSBA and has taught leadership and risk management in university and private sectors.

The event is available at no cost. To register or watch videos of the previous events, visit

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) champions, serves, and advocates for Michigan’s small manufacturers, by providing services that drive solutions that will make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation.  For more information or to become a member, visit


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