Annual meeting held to honor business leaders

Annual meeting held to honor business leaders

MARQUETTE — Business and economic leaders came together today for the Operation Action U.P. Annual Meeting. ABC 10’s Sarah Mac was there and she brings us the story.

Operation Action U.P. – a non-profit business coalition – held their annual meeting Wednesday morning to bring their members together.

Members of the organization include corporations, local businesses and even universities in the Upper Peninsula – and they all come together for this annual meeting for networking and to discuss economic development in the region.

Co-Chair of Operation Action U.P. Brett French says, “Well the Annual Meeting is the highlight of our year, where we come together and recognize the accomplishments of four businesses that have stood out. That is kind of the primary activity of the course of the year. Beyond that we also track a variety of issues and look to take positions, advocate for certain outcomes.”

This year their keynote speaker was Michael Van Beek the Director of Research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He gave a brief talk on “The Cost of Government,” focusing on the hidden cost of government and more specifically regulations.

Van Beek says, “I hope to equip them with principles of identifying bad regulations and then, also, equip them with information with how to better interact with their legislator down in Lansing and communicate with them in such a way that they can have an impact on improving the kinds of regulations that might impact their businesses.”

One of the main points of the meeting was to honor those who won an Award of Excellence. This year the winners were Kingsford Broach and Tool, Inc., Northern Wing Repair, Inc., Pictured Rocks Cruises and RTI Surgical, Inc.

There was also a special recognition award given to the Career Technical Education Committee of Marquette and Alger Counties – which pairs students with trades education.

Chair for the CTE Committee of Marquette and Alger Counties Stu Bradley says, “We’re very, very please to be here. We thank the Operation Action U.P. Board and our bottom line is trying to help kids make the best possible career decisions.”

Award recipients were nominated by members of the community and then voted on by the board of Operation Action U.P.