Charles "Charlie" Burnham has spent more than 25 years working with insurance and financial institutions. In 1978, he founded the Burnham Insurance Group, the first provider to fulfill multiple insurance needs in the Southwest Michigan financial services sector. The Battle Creek-based business quickly expanded from three employees to 175, and in 2001 the firm joined HUB International, thereby forging a solid link between insurance and financial institutions at one of the world's largest brokerages.
Charlie served as HUB International Midwest Limited's President & CEO and later as Vice Chairman from 2001-2007. He has been actively involved with leadership development within the HUB network using a variety of assessment instruments, business coaching and training programs.
Charlie currently serves on the Battle Creek Unlimited Executive Board, the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy Advisory Committee, and is the president of the Burnham Family Foundation. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Jeff developed and honed his leadership skills during 20 years in the hospitality and real estate development industries. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DCP International, a real estate sales and project management consulting firm, he played an instrumental role in managing business operations for the firm's domestic portfolio of luxury residence club clients.
As General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Teton Pines Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Jeff was in charge of staffing and operations management, supervising up to 170 employees.
He has successfully completed certification programs in Business Motivators and the DISC Behavioral Styles. He received his Club Manager certification in 2003. Jeff is an active member of the Jackson Hole community, serving on local profit-based and non-profit boards with executive recruiting and staffing responsibilities.
In 2002, Jeff was granted the Governor's “Big Wyo” award, as the State of Wyoming's most significant contributor to the tourism industry and has been voted the Businessperson of the year by the Teton County, WY Board of Realtors. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BSBA in Production Operations/Human Resource Management.
Mike Bivens is passionate about leading and being a member of high performing teams. His business career and personal pursuits have lead him into a lifetime quest of building high performing teams and developing leaders that deliver on character and results.
Bivens retired from the Kellogg Company after 31-plus years of service in April 2011. In his most recent position at Kellogg’s, Mike was accountable for the development of leaders throughout the entire Kellogg Company. Key deliverables included the development of the Kellogg Business Leader Model (KBLM), the identification, assessment, and development of executive talent at Kellogg’s, and the development of a Kellogg Business Leader learning and development curriculum for all leaders at Kellogg’s. He led the effort to establish the W. K. Kellogg Leadership Academy, which is focused on the accelerated development of the Top 150 Executive Leaders at the Kellogg Company globally. In this role, Mike successfully coached leadership teams, and individual executive leaders, to reach there full potential and deliver results.
Prior to his last position at Kellogg’s, Mike was the Vice President, Retail Sales for the Kellogg’s Sales Company. In this role, he was accountable for leading and building a new Kellogg’s Retail Sales organization to call on retail grocery stores across the entire United States. Starting in January of 2001, and commencing in December 2001, Mike and his Retail Sales Leadership Team hired and trained 207 new Kellogg Retail Sales Representatives.
In a very short period of time, the new Retail Sales Team began “Winning at Retail” and made key contributions to the Kellogg Company regaining dollar share leadership from General Mills by May of 2002!
Throughout his career with Kellogg’s, Mike has been assigned leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources. He is a Michigan native, having grown up in Battle Creek, Michigan. Mike graduated from Albion College in 1979 and earned his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA in 1991.
Mike is excited to be working for Today’s Leader where he will utilize his executive experience to coach and develop Executive Business Leaders and Leadership Teams.