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Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

Business Services Team

Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

From customized hiring assistance to help maximizing Pure Michigan Talent Connect, our business services team (BST) representatives are dedicated to meeting the unique hiring needs of employers. Each BST representative services specific industries to develop a level of expertise valued by employers.

Don't have a BST representative? We can help!

More than 4,600 employers throughout the region benefit from a relationship with a BST rep. You should too! Look below to find the individual who services your industry. If you have any further questions or do not see your industry, contact Ann Marie Batkoski, Director of Business Services and Community Relations or Amy Ames, Business Services Team Leader.

Meet the BST

Amy Ames

BST since 2004

BSP

Amy is the business services team leader. Her background is healthcare, and she oversees the hiring needs for hospitals in all five counties. Contact Amy if you don’t have a BST rep so she can connect you with the appropriate team member.

John Bailey

BST since 2007

BSP

John has more than 10 years of experience working as a BST rep for Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! He is a talent expert in the construction trades and agricultural industries in all five counties. He also works with healthcare and non-profit employers in Gratiot & Isabella counties.

Rod Reid

BST since 2012

BSP

Rod has been a BST rep since 2012, working in Gratiot and Isabella counties with an industry focus on manufacturing, transportation & logistics, construction and energy.

Joe Kaczmarek

BST since 2013

BSP

Joe has more than five years of experience working with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works and is a talent expert in the manufacturing industry within Bay, Saginaw and Midland counties.

Kim Klein

BST since 2013

BSP

Kim has been a BST rep since 2013 and is a talent expert in finance, insurance, information technology, hospitality and retail in Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counties.

Jerry Russell

BST since 2017
Jerry worked in employment services at Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! before becoming a BST rep in 2017 and has vast experience in our programs. He is a talent expert in healthcare, non-profit and education in Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties.

Chris Curtis

BST since 2018
Chris is our newest member to the team and oversees staffing agencies in all five counties. He also handles retail in Gratiot, Isabella, and Midland counties, as well as hospitality, professional offices, government, child care and education in Gratiot & Isabella.