Business Solutions Team

Ben Wood

Business Development Specialist, The Center-West

As a member of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West) team, Ben is responsible for working with small to medium-sized manufacturers in West Michigan, focusing on Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia and Northern Kent Counties. He helps them assess their opportunities for continuous improvement and growth. Ben builds partner collaborations with regional economic development offices, manufacturing organizations, workforce development organizations, and a network of subcontractors to provide the best overall solution to the company.

Professional Experience
Before coming to The Right Place, Ben worked as the General Manager of Aquest Machining for three years. He has also held the position of General Manager at Belding Tool and at Fastenal.

Community Involvement
• Montcalm/Ionia County United Way board member
• Executive board member for Leadership Montcalm
• Little League coach
• Active member of Calvary Baptist Church

Certifications & Awards
• OSHA 10 Certified
• Multiple Salesman of the Year awards
• CPR/AED Certified 

Education
Bachelor of Business Administration, Western Michigan University

Favorite Part About Living in West Michigan
Ben’s favorite part about living in West Michigan are the four seasons and the collaborative spirit amongst manufacturers.