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Robert Brentin brings extensive experience in the areas of product development and management, innovation, project teams, portfolio management and eBusiness.
His roles have spanned from the front end of innovation to opportunity analysis and validation to project implementation - improving returns on product development investment through better problem definition, project selection and delivery. Known for his strategic thinking and perceptive analysis, his experience and insight helps clients progress from an objective assessment their current situation to a workable plan leading to the next higher level of performance.

Through his career at Dow Chemical, Bob has gained an in-depth knowledge of the global plastics and chemicals industry as well as industries connected through the value chain. He has hands-on experience in both R & D and market development in developing products and applications for a wide range of industrial and consumer durable goods applications. As Global Project Center Manager, he designed and set up the pipeline / portfolio management system for new projects in a $2B global business unit, assisted business leadership in aligning 75 projects with strategy, while also coaching project teams in identifying and planning for critical issues. His eBusiness experience started with creating new Internet-enabled businesses and evolved to an expertise center that led businesses and functions to adopt eBusiness tools and methods that would increase efficiency and make it easier for customers to do business with Dow. Recent implementations include collaborative workspaces, online customer relationship management, communities of practice, web-based surveys, and eSourcing technology for RFI, RFP and auctions.

Bob has a Chemical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Central Michigan University. He is a certified New Product Development Professional. In addition, Bob is currently President-elect of the Product Development & Management Association after having served several years as Great Lakes Chapter President. He has served as International Director for Toastmasters International and has worked on the steering committee for his local Chamber of Commerce leadership development program.

Joseph C. Schmieder  helps organizations increase their value through the continuous creation of successful new business opportunities.

Joe served as vice-president of Oliver Products Company, a 108-year-old family business serving the medical, food, and graphics markets. As leader of the Converting Business Unit, Joe was responsible for the performance of the entire business – from developing and manufacturing the products to marketing and selling worldwide.

Along with a variety of other positions during 19 years at Oliver, Joe was able to achieve significant results in both operational improvements and profitable business growth.

Joe earned his Masters of International Management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University. Joe is trained as a professional opportunity analyst, and is a proven business Rainmaker.

Joe is active in the community serving as President of the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation, Chapter Officer of the Young Presidents Organization, board member and  founder of the Michigan Medical 

Device Association, and board member of the development council at St. Mary’s Health Care Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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