Meet the speakers

Robert Fry Jr. is chief economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decision-makers. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio University, and a master’s degree and PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Until retiring in June 2015, Fry was senior economist at DuPont, where he analyzed the global economy and its impact on DuPont, published a monthly newsletter sent to thousands of DuPont employees and customers, and gave more than 800 economic outlook speeches to DuPont senior management, business teams, customers and trade associations.

He was elected a Fellow of National Association for Business Economics, in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and contributions to the field of business economics. He joins an exclusive group that includes four Nobel laureates and the last four chairs of the Federal Reserve.

Steve Latin-Kasper earned a master’s degree in economics from University of Utah before starting his career as a statistician with Department of Commerce. Since 1999, he has focused on research and analysis of work truck industry market data and economic indicators.

He was appointed to the U.S. government’s Industrial Trade Advisory Committee for capital equipment and is a member of National Association for Business Economics. He was previously named one of Bloomberg’s top economic forecasters.  

Elise Mitchell is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, business consultant and executive coach. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years. Mitchell is a globally recognized leadership expert and author of best-selling leadership book Leading Through the Turn.

She is a graduate of executive education on leadership and business at Harvard Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and The Aspen Institute. She received a master’s degree from University of Memphis and bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.


Erik Meier is founder/CEO of EAM Consulting Group and president of Sandler Training, a sales and management training company with three offices throughout Michigan. He holds a degree from Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University. 

He is a well-respected and sought-after speaker on topics of sales, management, leadership and negotiations, and has worked with hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs and sales professionals to increase the profitability of their organizations.


As a former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines, Jason Young learned the value of a successful workplace culture. During his 10 years with the airline consistently rated number one in customer service and employee satisfaction, he was a key driver in creating and developing the company’s innovative training programs for its successful leadership and customer service culture that are renowned in the business world today.