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February 12, 2019 – OST Press Release

OST CEO cited as a result of Governor’s January visit to GR

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) – Meredith Bronk, president and CEO of Grand Rapids technology firm OST was mentioned tonight during Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State speech, as well, Meredith attended as a guest of the Governor. The mention and attendance by Bronk stemmed from a Jan. 14 visit by Whitmer to OST where the Governor led a roundtable discussion on two recent executive orders involving equal pay for women and creating business opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.  About two weeks ago, members of Gov. Whitmer’s team invited Meredith to be a guest, but OST officials were unsure that the firm or its leader would get a mention during the speech.

Here’s the excerpt from Governor Whitmer’s speech:

…That’s how we build a stronger economy. That’s making Michigan a home for opportunity for women.

Opportunity: also means a level playing field for small businesses from Marquette to Macomb to Muskegon Heights.

I’ve opened up contracting opportunities for small businesses in designated opportunity zones across our state. That means small businesses in geographically disadvantaged communities will have a level playing field. Let’s keep Michigan dollars in Michigan.

Let’s create more opportunities for companies like Open Systems Technologies in Grand Rapids, where I recently met president and CEO Meredith Bronk — who is with us tonight — and several women small business owners about leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs across our state.

When we were in Grand Rapids we were joined by former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley — or, as the newer legislators might know him, Rep. Julie Calley’s spouse. As the leader of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Brian has offered incredible support . . . It’s proof that, if we can put the election behind us, we have a great opportunity to work together and build a stronger economy.

A Stronger, Healthier Economy A strong economy also requires a concentration of talent. And, as I said earlier, we must ensure that every Michigander has opportunity through a path to skills that lead to a good job.

OST believes that Gov. Whitmer’s recent executive orders will tackle personal and systemic biases as well as help transform and support the state’s business sector. “We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer and her team on initiatives that OST believes will benefit businesses in the state, especially those related to connecting business and technology,” said Michael Lomonaco, manager of external relations and strategic alliances for OST.

OST co-founder and chief innovation officer Jim VanderMey serves on the state’s Healthcare Information Technology Commission.