January 17, 2019 – Staffing Entrepreneur Todd Palmer and Paralysis to Purpose David Cooks

January 17, 2019 – Staffing Entrepreneur Todd Palmer and Paralysis to Purpose David Cooks

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Todd Palmer – Staffing Entrepreneur and Founder of Diversified Industrial Staffing 

I was the bottleneck in my corporation. Like any bottleneck,
it’s at the top. And it was me! 

Todd Palmer is the founder and President of Diversified Industrial Staffing. Since 1997, Todd’s companies have helped over 4,300 people secure employment, improving their lives and the lives of their families. In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 Todd’s company, Diversified Industrial Staffing, was named by INC Magazine to the INC 5,000, as one fastest growing companies in America. In 2011 Diversified Industrial Staffing was named a Michigan 50 Company to Watch. In 2008 his company was named by CORP! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. In 2011 CORP! Magazine named Diversified Industrial Staffing as a Best of Michigan Company and named Todd individually as an Entrepreneur of Distinction. In 2013, Todd was the National Chairman for Industrial Staffing firms, on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). In 2015, he launched Skilled Labor Training Centers to train the next generation of CNC machinists. Todd writes a monthly column on employment issues for Dbusiness Magazine and a bi-monthly column for Production Machining Magazine, on employment issues specifically within manufacturing. His company has been featured in INC Magazine, The Detroit News, CORP! Magazine, Crain’s Detroit & MetroMode.

David Cooks  – Author of Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose, Businessman, Educator, Speaker and Storyteller

You have to be authentic. Have a sincere desire
for the best for the people you work with.

David Cooks shares his personal journey of how he discovered purpose in the midst of personal tragedy by taking something extremely personal and making it memorable in his book, Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose. At the age of 15, David Cooks, a high school sophomore and passionate basketball player, experienced a spinal aneurysm leaving him as a T-6 paraplegic. Refusing to let the wheelchair control his life, David made the decision to persevere from the very beginning. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his MBA in Finance from Duke University. He has coached at Duke University, working with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyewski and also spent time as an assistant basketball coach at Concordia College in Mequon, Wisconsin. David is the founder of David Cooks Enterprises, LLC: a speaking, coaching and training organization helping businesses and individuals put their purpose into action with clarity on teamwork, leadership and communication. He clearly demonstrates how obstacles should not define you, obstacles should redirect you.