Plante Moran to host “Move over, culture. Make way for innovation” webinar on Dec. 5

Southfield, Mich. – Nov. 17, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation‘s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, will host a complimentary webinar titled, “Move over, culture. Make way for innovation” on Friday, Dec. 5. The webinar follows the release of Plant Moran’s fourth annual Innovation Survey on Nov. 10.

According to results compiled from more than 400 Midwest organizations that responded to the 2014 Innovation Survey, the overwhelming majority of whom were C-suite executives in manufacturing or professionals service firms, a strong, positive culture is paramount for successful innovation and increased revenue chiefly because it supports one of the main drivers of innovation: employees.

Expanding on key survey findings, Plante Moran’s Dec. 5 webinar will feature three elite innovator organizations known for their innovation and strong corporate cultures: Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System with CEO Nancy Schlichting; Napoleon, Ohio-based Automatic Feed with CFO Nathan Weaks; and Chicago-based ThoughtWorks with CEO Xia Guo. The three organizations will share best practices with webinar participants to help create a culture empowered to ignite innovation.

To register for the Plante Moran webinar, please visit http://www.plantemoran.com/perspectives/webinars/2014/Pages/move-over-culture-make-room-for-innovation.aspx.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

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.

# # #

The Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Entrepreneurship Panel Moderated by Josh Linkner at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, May 8, 2012 – The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the members of an entrepreneurship panel moderated by Josh Linkner, CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, the Conference is focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

“The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference is the perfect stage to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and energy that is driving innovation in Michigan,” said Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, chair of the 2012 Conference. “We have no greater asset than the entrepreneurs who continue to push the envelope and refuse to accept business as usual. This session reflects the infusion of new ideas throughout Detroit and across the state that are leading Michigan’s continued recovery.”

The panel discussion will center on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic recovery in Michigan with leading corporate CEOs and entrepreneurs sharing their ideas, best practices and success stories. Linkner will moderate the panel, which includes: Rick DeVos, CEO, Start Garden; Angel Gambino, senior vice president, digital innovations, Westfield Shoppingtowns; Chris Rizik, CEO and fund manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; and Dave Zilko, president and vice chairman, Garden Fresh Salsa Inc.

“Entrepreneurs continue to strengthen Michigan’s global brand and bolster our state’s reputation as a hotbed for innovation,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “Excitement is building around Michigan’s entrepreneurial environment and the good things that are taking place around the state, particularly in Detroit. This panel, in many ways, reflects the new faces and talent that are redefining our economic landscape and attracting business and investment to Michigan.”

The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference’s three pillars are innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan, visit mpc.detroitchamber.com.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government to move Michigan forward. Since 1981, the Conference has provided access to Michigan’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions. Over 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.

# # #