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What Skills Matter When Everything Is Changing? Ryan Burke, CEO, Bluewater Hayes

November 12, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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GVSU DeVos Center
401 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

What Skills Matter When Everything Is Changing

There’s so much talk about the myriad changes in technology -- what it will do for us and what it might do to us.  From the exponential increases in application of automation to dramatic improvements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on the workforce and society. There’s a lot to look forward to or maybe worry about. What will the future hold for the procurement professional in the midst of all this change?  Ryan will discuss trends he’s observing in the market and what his clients are saying about the skills they need the most today and tomorrow. He’ll also give his perspective on how you can adapt to change in this rapidly evolving economy.

Ryan Burke is CEO and Managing Partner of Bluewater Hayes Inc., an executive search firm focused on Supply Chain Management professionals. Ryan Burke enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a Supply Administration Non-Commissioned Officer with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines and 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. At the end of his four-year active duty tour, Ryan took advantage of the G.I. Bill by attending Michigan State University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management in 2007. In 2011, Ryan decided to change the tack of his career completely and joined a global staffing firm as a direct hire recruiter. Guided by an interest in organizational design and a desire to help career-minded professionals find fulfilling careers, Ryan built a thriving book of business and a successful team in the Charlotte, North Carolina market. He decided to take the entrepreneurial leap in 2015 and founded Bluewater Hayes Inc. Bluewater Hayes is an executive search firm with nationwide reach and a focus on precision placement. Precision placement means matching the right person possessing the right skills to the right career opportunity.


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