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Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers

Chairman of the Board Henry Cooney
President & CEO Plunkett Cooney PC
First Vice Chairman Mark Davidoff Michigan Managing Partner Deloitte LLP
Immediate Past Chair Joseph Welch Chairman, President & CEO ITC Holdings Corp.
Treasurer Daniel Ponder
CEO Franco Public Relations Group
President/Secretary Sandy K. Baruah President & CEO Detroit Regional Chamber
General Counsel J. Michael Bernard Board Member Dykema Gossett PLLC

Executive Committee

Dennis Archer Jr. Founding Principal and President Archer Corporate Services, Inc.
Deidre Bounds Chief Operating Officer Ignite Social Media
Matthew Cullen President & CEO Rock Ventures, LLC
David Dauch Chairman, President & CEO American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
Richard DeVore Regional President – Detroit and Southeast Michigan PNC Bank
Matthew Elliott Michigan President Bank of America
John Fikany Vice President, U.S. Commercial Sector Microsoft Corporation
Paul Glantz President Emagine Entertainment, Inc.
Kouhaila Hammer President & CEO Ghafari Associates, LLC
Florine Mark President & CEO The WW Group, Inc.
Charles “Chip” McClure Chair Emeritus, Detroit Regional Chamber
Gene Michalski President & CEO Beaumont Health System
Heather Paquette Managing Partner KPMG LLP
Stephen Polk Chief Executive Officer Highgate LLC
John Rakolta, Jr. Chairman & CEO Walbridge
Andra Rush Founder, President & CEO Rush Group LLC
Nancy Schlichting Chief Executive Officer Henry Ford Health System
Ramesh (Ray) Telang Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner PwC
Michael Webster Executive Vice President Kelly Services, Inc.


David Barfield President, CEO & Chairman The Bartech Group
Stephanie Bergeron President Walsh College
Randall Book Executive Vice President Colliers International
Bruce Brownlee Senior Executive Administrator Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Timothy Bryan Chairman & CEO GalaxE.Solutions
William Burgess Member & CEO Dickinson Wright PLLC
John Carter President, Michigan Middle Market Chase, JP Morgan Securities LLC
Carolyn Cassin President & CEO Michigan Women’s Foundation
Phillip Cooley Co-Owner Slows Bar B Q
Brian Connolly President & CEO Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.
Mary Culler Director, US State & Local Gov Rel. Ford Motor Company
Dana Debel Director, State & Local Government Affairs Delta Air Lines
Brian Demkowicz General Managing Partner Huron Capital Partners LLC
Bud Denker President The Penske Corp.
Robert Diehl, Jr. Member Bodman PLC
Lena Epstein General Manager & Principal Vesco Oil Corporation
Patrick Fehring President & CEO Level One Bank
Michael Fezzey Executive Vice President/Regional President Huntington National Bank
David Fischer Chairman & CEO The Suburban Collection
David Foltyn Chairman & CEO Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
David Girodat President & CEO Fifth Third Bank — Eastern Michigan
Lydia Gutierrez Chief Executive Officer Hacienda Mexican Foods
George Johnson Managing Director George Johnson & Company
Tricia Keith SVP, Corporate Secretary and Services Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Justin Klimko Shareholder & President Butzel Long
Gordon Krater Managing Partner Plante Moran
Steven Kurmas President & COO Detroit Edison
Terrence Larkin Executive Vice President, Business Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Lear Corporation
George Lenyo Partner Ernst & Young LLP
David Lochner President, Michigan FirstMerit Bank
Ryan Maibach President Barton Malow Company
Thomas Manganello Partner Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Lawrence Marantette Managing Member Taktix Solutions
Michael McGee Chief Executive Officer Miller Canfield
Kevin McKervey Managing Director Clayton & McKervey PC
Anne Mervenne President Mervenne & Company
Mike Miller Director, Business & Industrial Markets Google, Inc.
Patricia Mooradian President The Henry Ford
Virinder Moudgil President & CEO Lawrence Technological University
James Murray President AT&T – Michigan
Brian O’Connell Regional Director State Government Relations General Motors
Jacques Panis President Shinola
Kristina Pisanelli Vice President, Federal and State Affairs Chrysler Group LLC
Michael Ritchie President – Michigan Comerica Bank
Errol Service Managing Director E.C.S. Partnership McDonald’s, BBD
Thomas Shafer Vice Chairman Talmer Bank and Trust
Tim Smith President & CEO Skidmore Studio
Nigel Thompson President & CEO Yazaki North America, Inc.
Frank Venegas Chairman & CEO Ideal Group
James Webb Chairman Aon Risk Services
M. Roy Wilson President Wayne State University
Alan Young Chief of Executive Officer Alan C. Young & Associates, PC
David Zilko Vice Chairman Garden Fresh Gourmet

Honorary Directors

Randolph Agley Barbara Allushuski Dennis Archer
William Brooks Elizabeth Chappell Richard Gabrys
Frank Hennessey Richard Kughn Daniel Loepp
Benjamin Maibach, III Michael Monahan Leslie Murphy
James Nicholson Cynthia Pasky Sandra Pierce
Ronald Steffens


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  • Hansel, PHR
  • Vice President Human Resources

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