May 3rd, 2018 @7pm
Workshop Brewing Co, Traverse City, MI
Fulfillament is a storytelling event where five local community leaders and entrepreneurs will take the stage to tell their journey of how they found fulfillment through vocation- the inside story. Each storyteller will issue a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their own lives. A $500 grant is awarded to an audience member with a good idea that needs some help to get it started.
TICKETS: $12 online or $15 at the door
Selling more than one fruit would be too complicated for this simpleton President of the Cherry Republic– named Bob Sutherland. He started Cherry Republic in 1989 while in his last year of undergraduate degree that took him to 5 colleges over the course of 10 years. Today, it is one of Leelanau Counties largest employers with 200 employees. Bob is a former Leelanau County Commissioner that dreamed all childhood of a life in politics. He wanted to be a change agent, but found he could do it as an entrepreneur and enjoy life in considerable more than if he were a representative. Bob lives in Glen Arbor with his wife Stephanie and two boys.
Casey is a recovering elementary school teacher, but is also known to friends and acquaintances as an executive at the family business, a public school grant manager, a small business owner, a public servant, a union representative, a non-profit board chairman, a candy salesman, and an expert chaos creator. “Let’s face facts, my bio isn’t nearly as compelling (or coherent) as the story that has unfolded since my wife and I moved our growing family to Northern Michigan. With that in mind, I will say this – Casey Petz is an entrepreneur, that works with entrepreneurs.
“In order to be a whole person, you really have to struggle”
brotha James, a Michigander, is a marketing and sales entrepreneur turned musician who left the business world to pursue his destiny of creating inspirational music. Armed with a passion for making music and connecting people through his live performances, Jeremy (brotha James) Reisig brings non-stop enthusiasm and endless energy that leaves his audiences asking for more. Combining clever, uplifting lyrics with danceable beats, brotha James masters a distinctive combination of dance/ hip hop/pop to create his distinctive style. His ability to engage the audience creates an environment that encourages, uplifts and inspires. His lyrics speak to being a dreamer, following the passion for what makes one happy, showing gratitude for simple things, and holding on to the moments that are filled with joy.Whether performing at a small club, entertaining at a private party, or taking the stage in a stadium, playing music for brotha James is not just a job; it is his passion, his calling, his reason for being.
“In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, we will remember the silence of our friends”
An artist at heart with a head for writing and business. Lindy ran her own art gallery, Seed Studio in Elk Rapids and was the town’s Economic Development Director at the same time. She went on to expand into non-profit management, community development, marketing consulting and graphic recording. Today, driven with a passion for the arts as well as entrepreneurs, Lindy is a professional artist and an independent contractor in two communications and marketing positions: One with The National Writer Series, bringing New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winning authors to Traverse City; and the second with Boomerang Catapult, LLC, an activist venture capital firm focused on early stage technology-based companies.
“My purpose in life is to find true love and help people (especially my kids) pursue their dreams.”
Andrea grew up in Kansas City and will still argue that it’s part of the Midwest. Although she wasn’t interested in cooking as a child, she fell in love with it after college and made it into her career. It took her first to Chicago and then up to northern Michigan. Currently she is butcher, charcutière, and co-owner at Raduno, a small delicatessen establishing itself in Traverse City. A stint as a vegetarian in her teens awakened her to the ethical aspects of cooking and eating, and she continues to express these values in her food by being thoroughly engaged in the food chain from the farmer to the plate.
“Cooking was something that I finally found that I liked and was (eventually, after lots of training) good at. I loved working in restaurants; I found that it was challenging enough to focus my sometimes scattered brain. Kitchen work, though stressful and difficult, can really be a bonding experience with the people that you work with and I found I needed that intense level of teamwork in my work-life. I still do.”