Econ Club speakers announced

MARQUETTE — Speakers for the 2018-19 season of the Economic Club of Marquette County were announced at a special breakfast meeting of the club Thursday at the Ramada Inn.

The speakers will be:

• Kyle Melinn, Sept. 17. Melinn is editor and vice president of the Michigan Information & Research Service Newsletter. The sponsor is Northern Michigan University.

• Sean Kanuch, Oct. 15. Kanuch is director of the Future Conflict and Cyber Security Program of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The sponsor is Range Bank.

• Bob Stefanski, Nov. 12. Stefanski is co-founder and general partner of Michigan e-lab. The sponsor is Snyder Drug Stores.

• Jessica Thompson, Dec. 17. Thompson is an associate professor in NMU’s Communications and Performance Studies Department. VAST is the sponsor.

• Brian Sinotte, Jan. 21. Sinotte is market president of UP Health System-Marquette. UPHS is the sponsor.

• Alger County Tourism Panel, Feb. 18. The sponsor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

• Kristen Mariuzza, March 18. Mariuzza is general manager of Eagle Mine. The Upper Peninsula Power Company is the sponsor.

• Keith Glendon, April 15. Glendon is from the IBM Security Division. The sponsor is the Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

Club board members Nheena Weyer-Ittner and Kelly Reed are program chairs for 2018-19.

Reed said Melinn will provide an overview of some of the key issues and hot topics for the November election.

“It should be some good insight for us, both locally here and statewide,” Reed said. “It will be a great way to kick our season off.”

Weyer-Ittner said Kanuch is an international attorney and strategic consultant who advises governments, corporations and entrepreneurs on the future of international technology.

Stefanski, an NMU alumnus, will focus on venture capital in Michigan, Reed said.

Thompson’s topic will be “Messaging of Climate Change,” Weyer-Ittner said.

Sinotte, according to Reed, will provide an update on the economic impact and status of the new UPHS.

What’s going on in Munising and Alger County will be the focus of the Feb. 18 program, with John Madigan, general manager for Pictured Rocks Cruises Inc., facilitating the Alger County Tourism Panel, Weyer-Ittner said.

Mariuzza, who will be the March 18 speaker, plans to provide an update on the mine’s impact, Reed said.

Glendon is the scheduled April 15 speaker.

“He wants to share with us his vision of Marquette becoming a technology economy and enabling our children to build vibrant careers and lives,” Weyer-Ittner said.

Non-members are invited to attend the speaker-dinners for $45 per person. Dinners take place at the Ramada Inn and start with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Reservations can be made by calling 906-315-2155 or online at