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Board of Directors

Philip Laney
B&L Information Systems, Inc.
Philip Laney, is President & CEO of B&L Information Systems, a software company specializing in ERP solutions for metal casting companies. He began his career at B&L as a Marketing Representative and served as Manager of Client Services and Director of Business Development before assuming his current role in 1999. Prior to joining B&L, he worked at a software company in Kalamazoo and at John Hancock Financial Services. Philip is 2nd generation ownership. His father, Dick Laney, founded B&L in 1976 in Bridgman, MI. Philip earned a BS in Business Administration from Ferris State University. He and his wife Becky reside in St. Joseph and enjoy traveling, golf, boating as well as attending their 3 children's varied activities.
Member Since: 2014
Committees: Finance & Administration
Julie Thomsen
Zoup! St. Joseph & Biggby Coffee
Julie Thomsen purchased the St. Joseph franchise for Zoup! in 2018, and the Biggby Coffee franchise in 2019. Her past careers include working in the financial industry since 2010 and owned her own business prior to her banking career. She is passionate about managing teams and offering excellent customer service to her clients.

Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University and also attended Butler University. She has served as an Ambassador Board Member for the Chamber for the last 4 years, she is a Foundation Advocate for the Lakeland Hospital Foundation and also volunteers for United Way.

Julie and her husband Jim reside in St. Joseph. The have three children, Dayton, Demi and Dylan who attend St. Joseph Public Schools. Her interests include exercise, reading, travel and spending time with her family.
Member Since: 2016
Committees: Events
Seth Timmons
Blossomland Accounting
Seth graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. He has held the CPA certification since 2008. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to client services, Seth also maintains the firm’s computer network.
Member Since: 2016
Committees: Finance & Administration
Michael Beall
Beall Creative
Mike leads communications and creative efforts for Beall Creative and Accordant Philanthropy. Mike brings a unique skill set and approach to healthcare marketing shaped by many years building marketing strategies, delivering internal and external communications and implementing creative brand and marketing ideas. He uses his expertise to guide leaders through product development, driving synergy between philanthropy and marketing, powerful mission storytelling, brand creation, brand deployment and the execution of integrated marketing strategies. His 20-year career includes stops as Creative Director, VP of Marketing, Strategic & Brand Consultant and Speaker. His focus has been on the following industries; philanthropy, healthcare, global manufacturing and economic development. Mike draws from his practical experience working alongside leaders–ranging from CEOs of small healthcare facilities to Fortune 500 companies–to deliver a disciplined approach to business strategies and fund development.
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Marketing
Diane Wollenslegel
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art
Member Since: 2014
Committees: Events
Greg Parrett
Parrett Company
Member Since: 2012
Committees: Member Services
Matt Derby
Kotz Sangster
Matt is an attorney with Kotz Sangster’s law office in downtown St. Joseph. He represents and advises private and public sector employers in a wide variety of matters in the areas of employment, labor, corporate and commercial law. His practice includes negotiation of, counseling on, and drafting of individual employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, severance agreements, employment policies and work rules, commercial vendor/supplier agreements, and asset and stock acquisition agreements. He also routinely advises and represents clients in the areas of: employee hiring; investigation of employee misconduct; controlled substances/alcohol use; promotions/demotions; acquisition/closure/sale of unionized businesses; ERISA withdrawal liability; reductions-in-force; progressive discipline and discharge; employment severance agreements; family medical leave act compliance; disabilities discrimination and accommodation; race/gender/age discrimination matters; and labor relations/collective bargaining. Matt presents seminars on labor and employment law issues for employer groups and in university management courses. Additional practice areas include business law; commercial contracts; corporate and business planning; litigation; human resources counseling and administration.
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Government Affairs
David Costas
Silver Beach Pizza
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Events
Jim Paul
JPA Real Estate
Jim Paul earned his B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. Jim started his business career as an Executive Trainee for Inland Steel Company with corporate offices in Chicago and its steel mill located in East Chicago, Indiana. After completing his training Jim spent a year in Cleveland, Ohio with Inland Steel, later leaving Inland to become Sales Manager at H. H. Howard Corp. a steel processing company in Chicago. While employed at Howard, Jim began investing in Real Estate. After completing several successful commercial retail real estate projects Jim decided to start this own Real Estate company, establishing JPA Real Estate in 1990. JPA began as a retail real estate investment, sales and leasing brokerage company, later adding construction and property management services that complemented its brokerage business. In 1997 JPA Development was formed with its purpose to engage in commercial retail real estate development focused on redevelopment of existing properties.

In 2011 Jim opened Slumberland Furniture, a furniture retail franchise, in Benton Harbor. Slumberland Furniture is a full line furniture store offering sofa’s, love seats, chairs, dining tables, recliners, mattresses, etc.. Jim has done business in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area for over twenty years, becoming a full time resident in 2011. Jim was born in the Chicago area and resided in the Chicago’s near western suburbs the majority of his life before moving to Michigan.
Member Since: 2015
Committees: Government Affairs
Bob Clark
Lake Charter Township
Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Crop and Soil Sciences. His first job was with an agriculture lender but he worked most of his career at a local Credit Union in lending and operations. His career path changed in 2012 when he ran and was elected as the Lake Charter Township Treasurer. The change allowed him to become involved in municipal government and continue his strong community involvement in the Bridgman area. He serves on several Boards including Bridgman Chamber and Economic Growth Alliance, the Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence, numerous Lake Township Committees and the Berrien County Treasurers Association. He is married to Barb who is a special education teacher and has grown twin boys.
Member Since: 2019
Committees: Finance & Administration
Shane Peters
Bridgman Public Schools
After graduating from South Haven High School in 1988, Shane attended Alma College where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in Sociology. Already employed at the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department until 1995 Shane married and moved to Grand Haven and worked for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and then the Muskegon County Friend of the Court. In the summer of 1996, a unique experience presented itself to Shane when he became the Student Services Director at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s Careerline Tech Center. Shane continued his education and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. After nine years at CTC, Shane felt he was being led to be a high school principal in a “traditional” high school. Shane and his family moved north where he was the Middle School/High School Principal at Mason County Eastern Schools in Custer, Michigan. After just one year there, the position as high school principal in South Haven became available; an opportunity for Shane to return to his Alma Mater and lead the Class B High School that provided him with so many opportunities as a student. Even from the beginning of his educational career, Shane had his eye on becoming a District Superintendent. Being familiar with Bridgman from working in Berrien County and living part-time in Bridgman, he felt that this was a place he could not only be successful as a school leader, but that his family could grow and thrive. Shane began his current job as Superintendent of Bridgman Public Schools on July 1, 2011. Shane, his wife Jill, and their three boys, Cullen (senior at Michigan State), Logan sophomore at Alma College) and Tanner (8th Grader at F.C. Reed Middle School) reside in Bridgman. When not watching a child’s sporting event, Shane enjoys officiating MHSAA sporting events across Southwest Michigan.
Member Since: 2019
Committees: Events
Mark Lemoine
Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday
Mark Lemoine is the Owner & Managing Partner of Fifth Level Hospitality, Inc., an outdoor hospitality company that he and his wife founded in 2016, and through which they operate the Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday campground. His current pursuits, which he refers to as a “Mid-Life Reset", following a 24-year career in government affairs where he held leadership staff roles in the Michigan Senate, lobbied at the state and federal-levels of government for the retail and health care industries, and served as a township trustee.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, and has served in governance roles with several local, state and national organizations. In addition to the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, he currently serves on the board of the Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds of Michigan, is a member of the Hagar Township Downtown Development Authority, and is an active advocate for KOA Care Camps, a charity that helps kids with cancer enjoy a camping experience.

He and his wife reside in Hagar Township along with their two teen-age children, and are the proud parents of two adult children and a recently added daughter-in-law. When they are not hosting guests at their campground, they enjoy “Living the Dream” by adventuring in the great outdoors all over the world.
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Government Affairs