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Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Glenn Stevens as Vice President of MICHauto and Strategic Development

DETROIT, January 7, 2014 – The Detroit Regional Chamber announced today that Glenn Stevens is joining the organization as vice president of MICHauto and strategic development. MICHauto will formally introduce Stevens at its Annual Meeting and Reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

“Joining the Detroit Regional Chamber and MICHauto team provides a great opportunity to blend my passion for Michigan and its dynamic automotive industry,” Stevens said. “There is no greater history and concentration of innovation and work ethic, automotive industry presence, world-class institutions, and natural resources in the world than in Michigan. I look forward to working with our collaborative partners to ensure Michigan remains the global epicenter of the automotive industry.”

In his new role with the Chamber, Stevens will provide strategic direction to MICHauto in its efforts to promote, grow and retain Michigan’s automotive industry. Stevens will also work with the Chamber’s Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign, focusing particularly on mid-market businesses, as part of the Chamber’s regional economic development and fundraising effort to drive economic development and investment in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

“Glenn is a natural fit. He has been there from the start of MICHauto, and a key supporter of the Chamber for quite some time,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “This hire fits perfectly with the Chamber’s strategy of leveraging regional collaboration as a means to drive economic development. Glenn bolsters our efforts to move the economic needle in Southeast Michigan.”

Stevens has more than 25 years of experience across the automotive, steel, specialty chemicals, and capital equipment industries. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stevens served as senior vice president of membership and sales with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), where he was responsible for membership growth and retention, strategic partnerships and automotive industry development with states across the U.S.

“Glenn strengthens MICHauto’s connection with key partners like OESA, who under new CEO Julie Fream are doing great things for the automotive supply base around the nation,” Baruah said.

Prior to working at OESA, Stevens also has worked for Blue Water Automotive Systems; Kolene Corporation; and National Steel Corporation, a subsidiary company of Japan-based NKK Corporation.

“It’s only fitting that Glenn Stevens, who was an integral contributor at the launch of MICHauto, now steps into the role of vice president,” said Tom Manganello, chair of MICHauto and leader of the automotive industry group at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. “Glenn has worked tirelessly toward the growth of the automotive industry. Building on a successful career in the supplier industry, and most currently in a role focusing on the needs of suppliers around the country, Glenn has a unique knowledge base and skill set.”

Media interested in attending the annual meeting and reception should contact Jim Martinez, director of communications at the Detroit Regional Chamber at jmartinez@detroitchamber.com. In addition to introducing Stevens, the event will include: Tim Ryan, vice chairman and markets strategy and stakeholders leader at PwC, who will present five global mega trends and implications for the future of the auto industry; and Ziad Ojakli, group vice president of government and community relations at Ford Motor Company, who will discuss the political landscape in Washington and how it relates to the industry, as well as Ford’s plans at NAIAS.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

About MICHauto

MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan and is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

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