Aaron Gillingham is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health system.  Prior to Beaumont Health, Gillingham served in Senior HR leadership positions with OhioHealth, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Quest Diagnostics, and Walmart.

Gillingham is responsible for all Beaumont human resource functions, including employment; employee relations; employee and leadership development; compensation; occupational health; HR information systems; benefits and pension administration; workforce planning; the employee health plan; and diversity for more than 38,000 employees.

Carl Bentley is Executive Vice President Strategic Staffing Solutions, and is the executive lead for operations at several branches. Bentley is a natural at building strong relationships and his attention to customer service and marketing has been central to the company’s continued growth and success.

Prior to joining S3 in 1999, Bentley was in the Telecommunication Services Division at Comerica Inc. and Information Technology Services City of Detroit.  A Detroiter through and through, he attended Wayne State University.

Besides serving on the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, he serves on the trustee board for Mariners Inn, a Detroit shelter and substance abuse treatment center for homeless men. He also serves on the board of trustees for T.E.A. which teaches women to empower themselves and to achieve through jewelry crafting. Bentley is also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Cigars for Veterans Committee, Detroit Receiving Hospital and Harper-Hutzel Board of Trustees.

Devon O’Reilly is the Director for Entrepreneurship and the PlanetM Landing Zone for the Detroit Regional Chamber. In this role he leads the Chamber’s support and collaboration efforts by working with businesses and organizations focused on growing the region’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Additionally, he assists in building relationships with Detroit-based small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals advancing Detroit’s economic growth. He also serves as managing director for the PlanetM Landing Zone, a joint initiative between the chamber and MEDC designed to provide a physical hub and collaborative space for global mobility startups to connect with southeast Michigan’s mobility ecosystem.

Additionally, O’Reilly plays a lead role in the agenda development and planning for the Detroit Policy Conference and manages the Future Leaders program at the Mackinac Policy Conference. He has been part of the Chamber’s Marketing and Membership team since October 2014, and the MICHauto team since December 2018.

Janet Tyler is the President of True Depth in Novi, Michigan – an executive coaching and management consulting firm specializing in working with technology and professional services companies.  She is helping companies nationwide achieve the growth that matters to them most. Her areas of expertise are strategic planning, marketing and talent development.

Prior to launching TrueDepth, Tyler served as Chief Operating Officer for technology consultancy Red Level, following a fourteen-year track record of success as Cofounder, President and Co-CEO of Airfoil, a marketing and public relations firm focused on the technology sector.

She has received Bachelor of Arts and Masters’ degrees in Organizational Communication from Eastern Michigan University. She is an active member of the Novi Rotary Club, serving on the board and contributing to youth services outreach.

Mark Bole is President International Operations and Chief Administrative Officer, GM Financial, a position to which he was named in February 2018. He is responsible for leading the company’s global Human Resources and Information Technology and Internal Communications teams. He also serves as president, International Operations (IO), with responsibility since April 2013 for business operations and functions in Latin America and Asia, and the IO offices in the U.S. Previously, Bole was executive vice president, IO. Bole joined GMAC, as the IO was then known, in the U.S. in 1985. He went on to serve in a variety of leadership positions around the world, including director, Latin American Operations, and director, Latin America Borrowings; group vice president, European Operations; and vice president, Asia Pacific Operations.

Bole serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan.  He earned a master’s of business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University.


Moderator  Ray Telang, US Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC

Ray Telang,
US Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC

Ray Telang has over 25 years of experience in auditing, business risk management and internal control consulting. Ray has been the Global Engagement Partner for several Fortune 500 companies, leading multinational engagement teams in audits.

Previously, Ray served as PWC’s Michigan Market Assurance Leader, and also worked for five years in the firm’s risk and controls practice, where he provided solutions to companies focused on finance function effectiveness, supply chain improvement (including inventory management), compliance solutions associated with Sarbanes-Oxley, and enterprise risk management.

Ray is currently Chair of the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. He is a longstanding leader in the Detroit region, serving on a number of boards and task forces to assist in the revitalization of the city.

Panelist  Jehan Crump-Gibson, Managing Partner, Great Lakes Legal Group PLLC.

Jehan Crump-Gibson, Managing Partner, Great Lakes Legal Group PLLC.

Jehan is the co-founder of Great Lakes Legal Group. She specializes in business and commercial matters, probate and estate planning, and government affairs. Jehan is also the Secretary for the Junior Achievement Rising Achievers Advisory Board (RAAB).

Prior to founding Great Lakes, Jehan served as Managing Member of C&G Solutions PLC (C&G Law). She has also served as Faculty for the National Business Institute concerning operational issues with 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations, probate, and estate planning matters, and as Contributor for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Jehan has been recognized four times by Michigan Super Lawyers, and has also recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 under 40’. In 2017, Jehan was appointed to the Michigan Senate Judicial Advisory Committee, which vets candidates and makes recommendations to fill vacancies on the federal bench, in the Eastern District.

Panelist  Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley

Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley

Tom oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for Automation Alley on behalf of its 800 members across Southeast Michigan, including programs and services designed to help businesses succeed in the era of Industry 4.0.

Tom came to Automation Alley after seven years as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups in industries such as advanced automotive, life sciences, homeland security and alternative energy.

Tom’s professional successes also include launching three separate startup companies for angel, VC, and corporate investors in the fields of software, manufacturing technology and distribution. He has won five major software awards, including the 2003 National Manufacturing Design and Engineering Award and the 2005 Start Magazine Technology and Business Innovation of the Year Award.

Panelist  Sarah Craft, Manager, Education Attainment, Detroit Drives Degrees, Detroit Regional Chamber

Sarah Craft, Manager, Education Attainment, Detroit Drives Degrees, Detroit Regional Chamber

Sarah’s goals at the Chamber are to increase postsecondary attainment in Southeast Michigan from 43 percent to 60 percent by 2030. Through Detroit Drives Degrees collective impact collaboration Sarah works with leaders in business, education, government, nonprofits and young professional groups to drive economic prosperity, regional collaboration, social mobility and equity. Sarah focuses on several areas of work to achieve the 60 percent goal, including postsecondary readiness, access, success and talent retention and attraction.

Sarah joined the Chamber in January 2017. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at the Michigan Municipal League and led a variety of economic development, policymaking and civic engagement projects in communities across the state.

Sarah has a background in community organizing, holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University. She lives downtown Detroit where she’s active in her community and neighborhood block club.

Panelist  Greg Handel, Vice President, Education and Talent, Detroit Regional Chamber

Greg Handel, Vice President, Education and Talent, Detroit Regional Chamber

Greg is responsible for the Chamber’s efforts to ensure that employers in the region have access to the talent needed to thrive in the 21st century global environment.

He oversees the Chamber’s public education policy, and is responsible for the Detroit Promise, which offers a tuition-free path to college for every high school graduate residing in the city. Greg also oversees Detroit Drives Degrees, designed to increase the percentage of adults in the region with a quality postsecondary credential.

Greg serves on the boards of the Michigan College Access Network and Trillium Public School Academy. He represents the Chamber on numerous other committees, advisory boards, and partnerships dedicated to improving educational outcomes across the region and state.