Veterans Automotive Summit 2017, Sponsored by Tti Global Advanced Veteran Hiring in the Automotive Industry

The Veteran Automotive Summit 2017, was held Friday Sept. 15, at Walsh College in Troy. Representatives from OEM's and major suppliers joined veteran advocates to build career pipelines in the automotive industry. The ESGR, Michigan Veteran Affairs, and TTi Global organized the summit which focused on careers in the auto industry.

TTi Global took a leadership role in the organization and sponsorship of this summit. Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global presided over the opening of the summit and commented on the significance of the event. “As a workforce development company, we understand the many benefits that veterans can bring to an organization.  It is important to build career pipelines between returning veterans and companies that wish to hire them. We are proud to be the sponsor of this event.”

Bart Buechner, Vice Chair of the Michigan Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve served as the event’s moderator. Presentations and job forecasts were given by Jason Montgomery, Ford Motor Company, Derrick Hilbert, General Motors, Erin Johnson, Fiat-Chrysler American, Rob Ells, Roush and Dave Rice, Meritor. Steven Potter, Chief of Staff for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency addressed the audience about the importance of developing career pipelines.

As a workforce development company, we understand the many benefits that veterans can bring to an organization. It is important to build career pipelines between returning veterans and companies that wish to hire them. We are proud to be the sponsor of this event.

Lori Blaker, President/CEO TTi Global

Additional organizations participating in the summit were: Michigan Works, Wayne State University, Oakland University, Northwood University, Walsh College and Macomb Community College. Each had representatives on-site to discuss career and study programs available to veterans.

TTi Global is taking a leadership role in advancing the conversation regarding veteran hiring initiatives. TTi Global earned its bronze-level veteran-friendly certification from the Michigan’s Veteran Affairs Agency last year.




ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,500 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education, and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members, and their families. Read more




About MVAA

Veteran-friendly employers can earn bronze-, silver- or gold-level status, and with each level comes an increased commitment to including veteran talent in their workforce. To learn more about the veteran-friendly employer program and the full list of organizations certified by MVAA, visit

About TTI Global

TTi Global provides staffing, learning, research and consulting solutions to industries across various sectors with automotive as a core focus. TTi Global oversees operations on five continents with offices spanning the globe, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela, UK and most recently Afghanistan. 

With a staff of over 2000 employees in international operations, they offer a wide range of services, tailor-made to drive business goals, including business consulting, research, staffing, workforce development and learning solutions. TTi Global world headquarters are located in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Other outstanding individuals in the veteran community scheduled to make presentations at the ESGR Executive Summit-2016 include:

Tom Smith, Program Coordinator, of Michigan State University- Institute of Agricultural Technology “Vets to Ag Program.” The Vets to Ag program is an innovative residential training program for U.S. military veterans to work in a variety of food, agricultural, and natural resources businesses. 

Angela Shelby, Statewide Recruitment Coordinator for the State of Michigan, will discuss the very successful Michigan State Police “Troops to Troopers” program. Michigan State Police (MSP) partners with the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs for recruiting efforts specific to veterans.

Keith Nattress, General Motors Veteran and Military Affairs, will discuss their leading hiring and retention initiates that focus on veteran recruiting.  The discussion will examine the company’s commitment to providing veterans and their spouses' opportunities for career growth.



Source: TTi Global