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Board of Directors

Tony Ventimiglia
Combined Insurance Agencies, Inc.
Tony Ventimiglia has been with Combined Insurance Agencies, Inc. (known as CIA) in St. Joseph, MI since 2006. His focus is on employer sponsored health insurance and he is licensed to sell life/health products in MI, IN, IL and AZ. He is also licensed to sell property/casualty insurance in MI and IN. From 2006 to 2012 he was a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield agent advisory council. He is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and a past president of the local chapter of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Prior to moving to Michigan in 2006, Tony was a process engineer in the semiconductor industry for 16 years and worked for SGS-Thomson (Carrolton, TX), Microchip Technology and Freescale Semiconductor (both near Phoenix, AZ). This experience provided knowledge of advanced manufacturing techniques, automation, SPC, ISO and QS quality standards that many of our local manufacturers employ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in Business Administration, is married with two children and enjoys volleyball, skiing, mountain biking, running and golf.
Member Since: 2013
Committees: Events
Philip Laney
B&L Information Systems, Inc.
Philip Laney, is President & CEO of B&L Information Systems, a software company specializing in ERP solutions for metal casting companies. He began his career at B&L as a Marketing Representative and served as Manager of Client Services and Director of Business Development before assuming his current role in 1999. Prior to joining B&L, he worked at a software company in Kalamazoo and at John Hancock Financial Services. Philip is 2nd generation ownership. His father, Dick Laney, founded B&L in 1976 in Bridgman, MI. Philip earned a BS in Business Administration from Ferris State University. He and his wife Becky reside in St. Joseph and enjoy traveling, golf, boating as well as attending their 3 children's varied activities.
Member Since: 2014
Committees: Finance & Administration
Julie Thomsen
Zoup! St. Joseph
Julie Thomsen purchased the St. Joseph franchise for Zoup! in 2018. Her past careers include working in the financial industry since 2010 and owned her own business prior to her banking career. She is passionate about managing teams and offering excellent customer service to her clients.

Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University and also attended Butler University. She has served as an Ambassador Board Member for the Cornerstone Chamber for the last 4 years, she is a Foundation Advocate for the Lakeland Hospital Foundation and also volunteers for United Way.

Julie and her husband Jim reside in St. Joseph. The have three children, Dayton, Demi and Dylan who attend St. Joseph Public Schools. Her interests include exercise, reading, travel and spending time with her family.
Member Since: 2016
Committees: Events
Seth Timmons
Blossomland Accounting
Seth graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. He has held the CPA certification since 2008. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to client services, Seth also maintains the firm’s computer network.
Member Since: 2016
Committees: Finance & Administration
Michael Beall
Beall Creative
Mike leads communications and creative efforts for Beall Creative and Accordant Philanthropy. Mike brings a unique skill set and approach to healthcare marketing shaped by many years building marketing strategies, delivering internal and external communications and implementing creative brand and marketing ideas. He uses his expertise to guide leaders through product development, driving synergy between philanthropy and marketing, powerful mission storytelling, brand creation, brand deployment and the execution of integrated marketing strategies. His 20-year career includes stops as Creative Director, VP of Marketing, Strategic & Brand Consultant and Speaker. His focus has been on the following industries; philanthropy, healthcare, global manufacturing and economic development. Mike draws from his practical experience working alongside leaders–ranging from CEOs of small healthcare facilities to Fortune 500 companies–to deliver a disciplined approach to business strategies and fund development.
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Marketing
Diane Wollenslegel
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art
Member Since: 2014
Committees: Events
Greg Parrett
Parrett Company
Member Since: 2012
Committees: Member Services
Matt Derby
Kotz Sangster
Matt is an attorney with Kotz Sangster’s law office in downtown St. Joseph. He represents and advises private and public sector employers in a wide variety of matters in the areas of employment, labor, corporate and commercial law. His practice includes negotiation of, counseling on, and drafting of individual employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, severance agreements, employment policies and work rules, commercial vendor/supplier agreements, and asset and stock acquisition agreements. He also routinely advises and represents clients in the areas of: employee hiring; investigation of employee misconduct; controlled substances/alcohol use; promotions/demotions; acquisition/closure/sale of unionized businesses; ERISA withdrawal liability; reductions-in-force; progressive discipline and discharge; employment severance agreements; family medical leave act compliance; disabilities discrimination and accommodation; race/gender/age discrimination matters; and labor relations/collective bargaining. Matt presents seminars on labor and employment law issues for employer groups and in university management courses. Additional practice areas include business law; commercial contracts; corporate and business planning; litigation; human resources counseling and administration.
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Government Affairs
David Costas
Silver Beach Pizza
Member Since: 2017
Committees: Events
Jim Paul
Slumberland Furniture
Jim Paul earned his B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. Jim started his business career as an Executive Trainee for Inland Steel Company with corporate offices in Chicago and its steel mill located in East Chicago, Indiana. After completing his training Jim spent a year in Cleveland, Ohio with Inland Steel, later leaving Inland to become Sales Manager at H. H. Howard Corp. a steel processing company in Chicago. While employed at Howard, Jim began investing in Real Estate. After completing several successful commercial retail real estate projects Jim decided to start this own Real Estate company, establishing JPA Real Estate in 1990. JPA began as a retail real estate investment, sales and leasing brokerage company, later adding construction and property management services that complemented its brokerage business. In 1997 JPA Development was formed with its purpose to engage in commercial retail real estate development focused on redevelopment of existing properties.

In 2011 Jim opened Slumberland Furniture, a furniture retail franchise, in Benton Harbor. Slumberland Furniture is a full line furniture store offering sofa’s, love seats, chairs, dining tables, recliners, mattresses, etc.. Jim has done business in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area for over twenty years, becoming a full time resident in 2011. Jim was born in the Chicago area and resided in the Chicago’s near western suburbs the majority of his life before moving to Michigan.
Member Since: 2015
Committees: Government Affairs