Keynote Speaker: Steve Heacock

Steve Heacock

Steve Heacock is senior vice president, public affairs/research, of Spectrum Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. He is a proven corporate and community leader with an extensive background in executive management, legal and accounting practices, and community and governmental relations. Steve’s focus is collaborative community building, leadership, and organizational governance.

At Spectrum Health, Steve provides executive leadership for system marketing and communications, public relations, community relations, governmental affairs, and research. He is also the chief innovation officer for Spectrum Health and serves as president of Spectrum Health Innovations, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health that develops products and services to improve patient experiences and outcomes.

Steve joined Spectrum Health in 2011. Before joining Spectrum Health, he was chief administrative officer and general counsel for Van Andel Institute, and chief legal officer and chief financial officer at IdeaSphere Inc., both based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steve also served as vice president, development, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Priority Health in Grand Rapids; practiced law as a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids; and practiced accounting as a CPA at Price Waterhouse in Detroit. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University in East Lansing and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.

Steve is currently a member of the board of directors for United Bank of Michigan, Land Conservancy of West Michigan, First Steps, Grand Action, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He is chair of the board of directors of Legacy Trust, The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority, and the Spectrum Health-MSU Alliance Corporation. Steve is the former chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

Stephen A. Hilger

Stephen Hilger

Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial business transactions and litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state and federal courts, and has appeared in several state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court on cert, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.

Steve is active in mediating and arbitrating complex commercial and construction law and related cases. His cases range from simple construction issues to complex commercial, municipal and industrial projects involving claims and issues in the tens of millions of dollars.

Steve is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review. He is routinely involved in extensive negotiation of transactions and agreements, as well as pre- and post-litigation mediation. The remainder of Steve’s practice involves in-depth participation in and the making of recommendations for business decisions and business strategies, as well as assisting in regulatory compliance and promoting and developing best practices.

Daniel J. Hatch

Daniel Hatch

Dan Hatch practices in the areas of construction law, business law, tax law, insurance recovery and advisory, and commercial litigation. He is experienced in civil and commercial litigation representing owners, contractors, and suppliers in various matters involving contract disputes, tort and professional liability claims, lien and bond claims, and collections in state and federal courts. Dan also specializes in captive insurance and alternative risk management providing tax and financial strategies to small and mid-sized businesses utilizing captive insurance arrangements. Prior to joining Hilger Hammond, Dan worked at Ernst and Young where he specialized in corporate and international taxation advising clients in the automotive, packaging, printing, food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology, aerospace, and defense industries.

Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review and a teaching assistant at the Michigan State University College of Law Housing Clinic.

Dan lectures and writes on construction law and business topics including sales and use tax, compliance, captive insurance, risk management, and the Federal Miller Act.

Outside of the office, Dan enjoys golf, sailing, photography, travel, and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Dan is a native of Southeast Michigan where he grew up on his family’s 80-acre Centennial Farm.

Mark A. Rysberg

Mark Rysberg

Mark Rysberg practices in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. He represents construction industry clients involved in complex matters. He has tried cases in numerous state courts, state appellate courts, federal trial courts, federal bankruptcy courts and federal appellate courts.

Mark also assists contractors and business owners with pre-construction consulting relating to public and private contracting endeavors. He maintains an emphasis on minimizing risk by using sound contracting documents, utilizing best practices, and evaluating risk and the ability to transfer the same.

Ann Plummer


Ann has over 25 years of experience and spends 100% of her time at Beene Garter assisting clients in various construction trades, including general contracting, fire protection, electrical, security, ornamental iron, heavy highway, excavating, homebuilders, roofing, mechanical, structural steel, and general trades and interiors. Along with traditional accounting services, Ann provides her construction clients with operational assessments, job-cost system design, prevailing wage consulting, cost certifications, tax credits and deductions, and construction accounting method consulting. Ann’s clients say that they trust her opinion and rely on her for crucial industry information.

Eric Smith

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Before starting at Beene Garter, Eric earned his MST at Grand Valley State University and his Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration from Aquinas College. He has over 22 years of experience in public accounting and works with a variety of corporate clients managing their tax planning and compliance. His management focus is most often directed toward the food & agribusiness, manufacturing, construction, and wholesale distribution industries. He is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

Trace Bauman

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Also representing Beene Garter, Trace has over 12 years of experience working with a variety of clients, including small business, construction and manufacturing clients. He provides tax planning and consulting services to businesses, and has expertise working with international tax incentives for domestic companies. He earned his BA in Accounting from Cornerstone University and his MST from Grand Valley State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) West Michigan Chapter.

Brad Poggi

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Representing HUB International, Brad entered the Insurance and Risk Management business in 1984. He specializes in helping contractors build and enhance their risk management, insurance and surety programs.

Brad understands the risks contractors face every day and has developed many different ways to help deal with those risks. His solutions are tailored to the risk tolerance and budget of each contractor and include: Liability and Workers’ Compensation claims management; Workers’ Compensation strategies; safety program development and implementation; loss sensitive programs, pre-bid contract reviews for insurance costing and risk management purposes; consulting on surety bond program development, growth and implementation.

Phil Casto

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Phil Casto is currently serving as a Sr. Risk Consultant in HUB International’s Risk Services Division.  Phil has extensive experience in the construction, manufacturing and petrochemical industries.  Phil serves as a resource for the insurance brokerage operations, providing solutions in the areas of risk mitigation, safety, regulatory compliance, and workers compensation.

Prior to Joining HUB in 2012, Phil held the position of Senior Safety Consultant with a private safety consulting firm where he provided clients in construction, manufacturing, refining, and petrochemical industries with strategic risk solutions and oversaw safety program implementation at all levels. Phil ensured clients maintained compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, has helped companies to understand regulations, and is an asset during the compliance auditing process.

Additionally, Phil is an authorized outreach instructor for OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses.  Phil has been authorized by OSHA to teach both the general industry and construction safety courses.

Phil’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science degree from Illinois State University in the area of Occupational Safety.  In addition, Phil has achieved his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).