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Upper Peninsula Young Professionals Conference

  • September 28, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Northern Michigan University


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40 Below presents the sixth annual Young Professionals Conference on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.


Click here to view a draft of this year's program.


Kyle Miron

Kyle, born a Yooper, is now a Hoosier, married, and is father of two Dinosaurs. (T-Rex & Spinosaurus). He's a Brain Cancer survivor, Believer, and an excellent story-teller. His photography is published on Amazon and he considers himself a business-sparkplug of sorts. He founded CK Unlimited Photography in MQT and has since been sharpening his time-stopping skills for the past decade.

Kyle was diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer in 2016. Through the power of God, support of family & friends, and his Yooper mentality, he is 18 mo. cancer-free. No looking back.

Miron has kept that competitive warrior spirit at the forefront of all his endeavors. He has also maintained close connections with his fellow peers and ballers on the hardwood. Most have families of their own, with real-life responsibilities. 

Kyle's comfortable philosophy on Life and its inevitable challenges offers inspiring determination to push a little harder; dig a little deeper; and by the power of God, a victory will be revealed to you.

"Some days I have to thank my Cancer for teaching me lessons I would not have learned any other way."

Grant Potulny

Grant Potulny was announced as the third head coach in Northern Michigan University hockey history on April 18, 2017.

In his first season at the helm of the Wildcats, Potulny orchestrated one of the best single-season turnarounds in the country with NMU recording a 25-15-3 record. Despite being picked to finish seventh in the preseason WCHA polls, the Wildcats finished second in the conference standings and advanced to the WCHA Championship Game which they hosted in the Berry Event Center. Potulny's efforts earned him WCHA Coach of the Year honors. 

Potulny spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, where he helped the Golden Gophers capture six regular-season conference titles and qualify for five NCAA tournaments. 

A two-time NCAA and WCHA tournament champion during his playing career at Minnesota, Potulny has also experienced success on the international stage. In 2013 and 2017, he helped the United States win the IIHF World Junior Championships as an assistant coach.

At Minnesota, Potulny worked primarily with the forwards and power-play units and was heavily involved in recruiting. Under his guidance, the Gophers were one of the nation's top offensive teams.

From 2000 to 2004, Potulny played at Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and was the team's only three-year captain since 1947. As an assistant captain in 2002, he netted the game-winning goal in Minnesota's 4-3 overtime victory over Maine in the national championship game. He then captained the Gophers to a second national title the following campaign.

A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Potulny was selected by the Ottawa Senators 157th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. During his time at Red River High School, he was a three-time North Dakota state champion. He spent two seasons with the United States Hockey League's Lincoln Stars and was named the 1999-00 Anderson Cup champion team's most valuable player.

Potulny and his wife, Melissa, have three children: Jack, Owen and Charlotte.

Conference Etiquette

Dress attire for the conference is business casual. Conference attendees will be provided a few sheets of paper and pens for taking notes in each session. Remember to bring plenty of business cards!

After Party  

Attendees and guests are welcome to attend a post-conference social at Barrel + Beam immediately following the event (4-8pm).  One of our conference panelists 'Covington and Co.'  will be on site with a pop-up shop.  Join us at B+B to try on a dress or have a beer!

Staying the Night?

Visit the Marquette County Convention & Visitors website for a list of lodging options near the conference site in Marquette or contact them directly at 1-800-544-4321 or (906) 228-7749.

Make It A Weekend

There’s always something to do in Marquette County! Conference attendees interested in extending their stay can visit Travel Marquette for a full listing of area activities and attractions.

Conference Information

For more information or to become involved in planning or sponsoring the annual conference, contact  info@40belowmqt.org.


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