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The Forecast - An Employment Outlook for 2021 and Beyond


Jan 26, 2021 11:33 AM

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Jim Robey
Director of Regional Economic Planning Services @W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Jim is well known in West Michigan for his annual Economic Outlook presentations with The Right Place. His research and technical assistance on economic issues and in economic and workforce development has assisted corporate, nonprofit, and economic and workforce development entities in problem resolution and strategic decision making, from the local to the national levels. Spanning almost three decades, his expertise includes industry studies, applied occupational analysis, economic impact modeling and analysis, economic and workforce development research and analysis, and site selection assistance. He earned a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Economic Development, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining Upjohn, Jim was an Associate Vice President with Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo, MI; formerly served as Managing Director at Mohr Partners, Inc; and was formerly Vice President of Research at TeamNEO.
David Robb
Director of Operations @Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids
David Robb joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Operations. David initially joined Express as the Director of Marketing; overseeing all marketing, recruiting and communications. In 2020 he moved into the role of Director of Operations where he works closely with Janis Petrini, Owner/Operator, to run the business and oversee daily operations. Prior to Express Employment Professionals, David was the Director of Data Analysis at a top digital advertising agency, where he worked to provide customized marketing solutions to clients around the world. David is a graduate of Calvin College with Degrees in Marketing and Economics.