Henry Ford Health System’s Nancy M. Schlichting to Lead Chamber Board, New Directors Announced for 2012-2013 Program Year

DETROIT, July 20, 2012 – The Detroit Regional Chamber has announced the election of Nancy M. Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, as chair of its Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 program year. She succeeds Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and president of Meritor, Inc, who remains on the Chamber’s Board as immediate past chair.

“What an honor it is to serve this Board and this community as a part of the Detroit Regional Chamber,” Schlichting said. “It is a critical time for our region, state and country. I think the opportunities we have with the Chamber to make a big difference are exceedingly important. There’s momentum in this city and in this region that we haven’t had in a long time.”

Most recently, Schlichting served as chair of the Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the state’s premier public policy event, where approximately 1,500 top business, political and community leaders from across the state gathered to focus on creating a more globally and economically competitive Michigan. Under Schlichting, the Conference featured many prominent regional change-makers and national speakers and focused on collaboration, innovation and the 21st century global marketplace.

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will be held from Wednesday, May 29 to Friday, May 31, will be chaired by the Chamber’s First Vice Chairman Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp.

In addition to announcing the new chair, the Chamber welcomes the following new directors to the Board:

Brett Bernard, President, Michigan Market, Bank of America
Randall Book, Senior Vice President, Colliers International
Timothy Bryan, Chairman and CEO, GalaxE.Solutions
Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP
John Fikany, Vice President, U.S. Commercial Sector, Microsoft, Inc.
Rick Going, President, Michigan Division, The Kroger Company
Tricia Keith, Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
George Lenyo, Partner, Ernst & Young
Ryan Maibach, President, Barton Malow Company
Kevin McKervey, Shareholder of International Services, Clayton McKervey PLLC
Mike Miller, Director, Business and Industrial Markets and Ann Arbor Office, Google, Inc.
Patricia Mooradian, President, The Henry Ford
Brian O’Connell, Regional Director State Government Relations, General Motors
Heather Paquette, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
Stephen Polk, Chairman, President and CEO, R.L. Polk

“We added some tremendous leaders to our Board. Their vision and commitment to our region will help drive the Chamber’s efforts to moving the economic needle in Southeast Michigan,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “I look forward to working with them in the upcoming year to move our city and region forward.”

For a full listing of Chamber Board members, click here.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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DTE Energy’s Gerry Anderson and Meritor’s Chip McClure to Co-Chair Detroit Regional Chamber Economic Development Campaign

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 29, 2012 – Today, at the start of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled the “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign,” a new regional economic development campaign to drive economic development and investment in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. The campaign will be co-chaired by DTE Energy Chairman, President and CEO Gerry Anderson and Meritor, Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Chip McClure who joined Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah for the announcement on the porch of the historic Grand Hotel.

“As a Detroit-based business, DTE Energy has a significant and vested interest in the economic health of Michigan, and in particular, Southeast Michigan where our headquarters are located,” Anderson said. “We have long supported unified economic development efforts in the region, and I look forward to helping the Detroit Regional Chamber with this new initiative.”

McClure noted, “as Chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber, I’m pleased that we’ve made moving the economic needle in the region our top priority.  I’m proud of the energy and resources we are putting forth to make this a reality and I’m equally proud of the collaborative nature in which the Chamber is progressing.”

The “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign” will focus on presenting and marketing Southeast Michigan to economic development and investment prospects.  A key component of this effort will be strategic collaboration with regional governments and economic development entities to ensure coordinated efforts that minimize duplication.  Activities will include regional marketing strategy and materials, coordinated national and international investment missions, and close collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“Our region needs to be more than the sum of its parts. We have tremendous assets in the Detroit region, but we need an aggressive and coordinated effort to take advantage of the opportunities available in the 21st century global marketplace,” Baruah said. “I am pleased and honored to have Gerry Anderson and Chip McClure to help lead this campaign.”

The “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign” has a goal of raising a minimum of $2 million annually in private sector funding to support regional economic development.  DTE Energy is a long-time supporter of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development programs and Chip McClure of Meritor is the Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Detroit Regional Chamber works in partnership with other economic development entities on four key activities that attract, retain and grow business and job creation in Southeast Michigan:

Business Attraction – Leverages Detroit and Southeast Michigan’s assets to attract world-class talent and business investment. The Chamber accompanied and supported Governor Rick Snyder on his international trade missions to Asia (2011) and Europe (2012).

Connection Point – Links small to mid-sized leading-edge Michigan suppliers with large multi-national corporations to expand their customer portfolio.  In the last 12 months, Connection Point participants have received over $139.6 million in bid package opportunities for new business.

MICHauto – Newly launched trade association dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan.  An advisory committee comprised of leading auto industry CEOs has been established and activities, including a business conditions study, are in progress.

Translinked – Aims to capitalize on Southeast Michigan’s rich assets in transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) to create a cluster of excellence.  The Chamber has been a leading voice for transportation and TDL investment and coordination and is playing a key role in the region and with the MEDC to accelerate this initiative.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event founded in 1981 – brings together top leadership in business and government to re-energize Michigan.  Approximately 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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