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ABOUT US

 

WMTT is a collaborative of technology employers, educators, workforce development and economic development organizations working together to meet West Michigan's current and future technology talent needs. 

WHAT WE DO

There is a shortage of qualified IT talent in our region, and it is only expected to grow in the coming years. Without a concerted effort, the talent gap will continue to grow. Enter West Michigan Tech Talent.

West Michigan Tech Talent looks to engage employers of Information Technology professionals with best practices, resources and a community to grow, develop, recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive world class IT workforce in West Michigan.

WMTT accomplishes its goals through member participation in one or more workgroups:

  • GROW: reaching out to students K-16 to promote IT careers, ensuring that under-represented groups have equitable access

  • DEVELOP: upskilling our current workforce and adult career changers

  • RECRUIT & RETAIN: partnering with Hello West Michigan to create IT specific recruitment campaigns to fill in-demand occupations

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP

WMTT is a collaborative of technology employers, educators, workforce development and economic development organizations working together to meet West Michigan's current and future technology talent needs. 

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STEVE BAAR

National Nail - Director of Information Technology

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ROB GEER - CHAIR

Randstad Technologies - Account Executive

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SARA SCHMIDT - 

VICE CHAIR

Farmers Insurance - CISO

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ELIZABETH WILSON

OST - Agile Engagement Lead

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CINDY BROWN

The Right Place - Vice President, Talent Initiatives

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AMY LEBEDNICK

West Michigan Works! - Business Solutions Director

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GREG SNOW

Spectrum Health - Senior Director, IS Strategy & IS Operations

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ROB WRIGHT

SpartanNash - IT Director, Information Architecture

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BILL DEWITT

Gordon Food Service - Director of IT Infrastructure

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PAUL LEIDIG

GVSU - Director and Professor, School of Computing

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GARRY VONMYRH

Tech Defenders - CEO

COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR

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ANNE PENTIAK

West Michigan Works! - Council Lead

Founding Members

WMTT began in 2014, when several technology employers met with training providers and community partners to think about how to address the emerging IT talent gap. As the need for additional talent continued to grow, it was clear that an expanded effort was needed to create a sustainable talent pipeline. In 2016, several founding members worked towards creating a formal board of industry leaders to guide our future efforts.

Organizations Involved

Adient

Amway

Atomic Object

Bizstream

Bravo LT

Configura

Farmers Insurance

Goodwill GR

Grand Circus

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand River Bank

Grand Valley State University

Gordon Food Service

Hello West Michigan

Haworth

Herman Miller

Holland Hospital

Hungerford Technologies

Kent ISD

Magic Wrighter

Michigan State University

Montcalm Community College

Muskegon Community College

National Heritage Academies

Open Systems Technologies

Randstad Technologies

Salespad LLC

SpartanNash

Spectrum Health

Startup Grind

Steelcase

The Right Place

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology

West Michigan Works!

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