www.mybaycity.com February 15, 2004
Rotary Article 363


Holiday Inn to be site of Rotary District Assembly & Conference Apr. 30-May 1

Cliff Dice to Speak Tuesday to Bay City Rotary Club on Global Business

Tim Shelton of Hilton Doubletree on Tap for Feb. 24; Al McFadyen Set Mar. 2

February 15, 2004
By: Dave Rogers


      Cliff Dice, CEO of Bay City's much-heralded global Dice Corporation, takes the Rotary microphone this week to tell how his firm provides software for corporate security.

      The accomplishments of Dice's firm were prominently featured ina recent publication of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (See MyBayCity.com Feb. 9 edition.)

      Dice, who will be introduced by programmer Cliff Van Dyke, began working as a consultant to CPA firms in 1985 to develop custom software applications. He released the first version of DICE automation software and founded his company in 1992. The software product focuses on central station and accounting for the alarm industry.

      A commercial and instrument rated pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight time, Dice and his company's flight operations and corporate travel departments provide customers all over the world with quick service. The firm now supports more than 50,000 users who represent 3.2 million customers on six continents worldwide.

      The company headquarters is in the former Mutual Savings and Loan building in Valley Center Technology Park, developed by the Bay County Growth Alliance, headed by Van Dyke, in cooperation with the Monitor Township DDA.

      Other upcoming programs include:

      Feb. 24, Tim Shelton, speaking on the planned June opening of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel-Conference Center, with introduction by Larry LaPorte, programmer;

      Mar. 2, Al McFadyen, former Bay City development director, now director of the Delhi Township, Ingham County, DDA, speaking on the value of DDAs to a community, with introduction by Cliff Van Dyke, programmer;

      March 9 and 16 are Vocational Days, with speakersAssociate Dean Dave Bledsoe of Delta College the first week and Tom Hollingsworth, president of Duro-Last Roofing, to follow. Deb Lutz, vice president of business and finance of Delta, and Jim Hollerbach, industrial sales representative, are programmers.More than 100 high school students are signed up for the one-day mentoring process over the two weeks with Rotarians, according to chairmen Ralph Knop and Griffith Acker.

      Jason McCoy, regional Boy Scout executive, comes to the podium at Rotary on Mar. 23, programmed by Jim Hollerbach;

      The Mar. 30 program will feature Mike Seward, president of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced by Dave Rogers, programmer;

      Eric Renshaw, entrepreneurial custom yacht andsmall craft builder, will speak on Apr. 6, with introduction by Dave Rogers, programmer;

      A speaker from Bay Regional Health Center will talk about the new volunteer health clinic in Essexville on Apr. 13, with introduction by programmer Keith Markstrom;

      Apr. 20 will see Josie Meyer speak on the 8th annual Mid-Michigan Regional Business Expo, slated Wed. May 5 at Saginaw Valley State University; Introduction will be by programmer Jim Hollerbach;

      Laura Ogar, BayCounty environmental affairs and community development director, is scheduled to speak on economic development to Rotary on Apr. 27, with introduction by programmer Jim Hollerbach.

      Hratch Basmadjian, manager of the Holiday Inn, heads the committee planning the Rotary District 6310 Assembly and Conference on April 30-May 1. Basmadjian promises and exciting two days of programs for Rotarians, including a presentation Youth Exchange students from various foreign countries. The event will be headed by Rotary District Gov. Jerome Yantz and District Gov.-elect Ruby Iwamasa of Midland.









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