Day 1 - Introductions
David Dittenber is the President and CEO of Downtown Restaurant Investments and DLR Development in Midland, MI. For over twenty- five years, Dave has owned restaurants in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. He also founded GENE-5, a Start-Up Business Accelerator in 2018.
Dave graduated from Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Biology and Chemistry, which led him into the healthcare field where he worked for 10 years. He then spent four years as a consultant with Global Sales and Marketing Solutions, working on marketing and change management strategies for small to medium enterprise businesses.
In the time since, Dave earned a Master of Business Administration from Phoenix University. He is recognized as a leader of economic development in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region and is a very active member of the community, serving on a wide variety of regional and statewide boards. Dave’s commitment to the community has earned him recognition and prestigious awards including the Top 30 Under 30 in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Entrepreneur of the Year by
Saginaw Valley State University and Central Michigan University. He is a past chairman of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association and a Regional Board of Director at TCF Bank. He is also a member of numerous non-profit boards including Infuse, and the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance.
Dave enjoys the challenge that comes with being an entrepreneur and building successful teams. He resides in Midland, MI with his wife Amy, and children Drew (9) and Kelsey (7).
Dan Streeter began his ministry at City Rescue Mission of Saginaw in 1992. During his tenure, he served as Men’s Disciple Program Director from 1992-2000 and Director of Operations from 2000-2005. In the summer of 2001, representatives of several Bay area agencies asked for help of the Saginaw Rescue Mission in establishing a similar outreach in Bay City. The old Samaritan Hospital was available and friends of Bay Medical Center were influential in the Mission securing the building. A staff and board of directors were formed and established Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. Dan Streeter was appointed by the board in 2005 as the Mission Director.
After many years of service to City Rescue Mission and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City,
in 2010, it was decided by the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan Board of Directors for Dan to succeed
his father and become Executive Director of the ministry. In 2016 his title was changed to Chief Executive Officer. Dan leads the ministry with passion and focus. His desire to combat homelessness and share the love of Christ at the same time is evident in his ministry assignment.
Jim began his career at the P. F. Markey Company an Industrial Distributor of Cutting Tools and Abrasives, in inside sales in 1986. Jim became a junior partner in 1994 and in 2000 Jim purchased the company from Paul Markey, who founded PFMI in 1977.
Jim and his wife Ellen are the parents of 20 year old triplets. They enjoy golfing, boating and snow skiing with the kids. A lifetime Michigan resident, Jim graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a BBA in Marketing. Jim is also the owner of Great Lakes Escape Games in Frankenmuth and R&S Cuttergrind in Saginaw Township.
Jim is President of the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturing Association and sits on Saginaw Future board and the IBC OC council.
Jenny Geno is the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the Saginaw Intermediate School District. Ms. Geno completed her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and then went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Jenny also completed her Education Specialist Degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Educational Leadership, with additional credits in Career and Technical Education from Wayne State University. She was a Gerstacker Fellow in 2016 and was part of the Leadership Saginaw County 2019 Cohort. She is also part of the 2020 Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy Cohort.
Jenny has served on a variety of state and local boards throughout her career and is currently a board member on both the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works Career Education Advisory Council and the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association. Jenny is also serving as President/Chairperson for Michigan’s CEPD (Career Education Planning District) Council, which represents all CTE Directors from across the state. She also sits on the Perkins V Executive Board for
Michigan, which oversees and provides direction for Career and Technical Education in Michigan and was just appointed to the Saginaw Future, Inc. Board of Directors.
Becky Johnson is currently the AVP, Banking Center Manager III at the Saginaw Midland Rd Chemical Bank Office. Her career began with Chemical Bank in July of 2002. Becky graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She also graduated as President of her class from the Perry School of Banking with the Michigan Banker’s Association in 2018. Becky has been a volunteer for over 14 years and heavily involved with Junior Achievement, The Great Lakes Bay Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the Saginaw/Freeland communities. She served on the Freeland Chamber of Commerce Board for 5 previous years. She is currently a participant in 2019/2020 Saginaw Leadership Program with the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce.
Becky is married with four children.