Win Two Tickets From Delta Air Lines at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Featuring a State of the Region

Delta-editThe Detroit Regional Chamber and Delta Air Lines will give away two round-trip tickets at the Annual Meeting Featuring a State of the Region on Dec. 9. All Chamber members who have registered for the event will be automatically entered to win and the winner will be drawn at the conclusion of  the program. The winning attendee must be present to claim the prize.

A special thank you to Delta Air Lines for providing the round-trip tickets.

At the event, the Chamber will release its second annual State of the Region, which offers an analysis of the economic indicators related to business growth, talent, innovation and international commerce for Southeast Michigan. The results will highlight assets, rankings and opportunities for the automotive, health care, aerospace and defense, metalworking technology, and transportation, distribution and logistics industries. In addition, Chamber members will hear a briefing on the Chamber’s work over the past year in economic development, regional collaboration, education reform and membership value.

For more information on the Annual Meeting Featuring a State of the Region, visit

Contest Details

  • Tickets are two (2) coach class tickets valid for travel from Michigan to any of the 48 U.S. continental states. Tickets are booked in “L” class and space is subject to availability.
  • Travel is only allowed on flights that are operated by Delta Air Lines.
  • Travel is not valid on KLM or any other carrier with whom Delta Air Lines maintains a marketing agreement.
  • Blackout dates and inventory restrictions may apply.
  • Seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on all flights.
  • Passengers will be responsible for all taxes, airport facility charges, security charges and must be paid before the tickets are issued.
  • Travel will not qualify for Sky Miles mileage and upgrades using Sky Miles or Elite Status are not permitted.
  • Tickets may not be reissued or transferred once ticketed. Tickets cannot be redeemed for cash. Lost, stolen or destroyed tickets will not be replaced.
  • Travel must be completed by Dec. 6, 2017.

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones, CEO, JR AutomationBryan Jones is CEO of JR Automation. He joined JR Automation in February 1996. Before being appointed to chief operating officer in 2014, he served as vice president of sales and chief technology officer. Prior to that, Jones served in an engineering role at Automatic Spring Products, and in manufacturing and engineering roles at Johnson Controls Inc. (formally Prince Corporation).

Rochelle Riley


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Rochelle Riley is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, where she has been a leading voice for children, better schools, literacy, honest, competent government and civil behavior since 2001. Riley also makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio and WDIV-TV’s “Flashpoint.”

Riley has won several state and national honors, including the 2013 National Headliner Award, one of the most prestigious in the country, for local column writing. Her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit’s former mayor, were part of the Free Press’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage for local news. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina.

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson, President and CEO, ThermoAnalytics Inc.Keith Johnson is CEO, president and co-founder of ThermoAnalytics Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in thermal modeling and infrared phenomenology.  Johnson manages the strategic operations for the development of CAE signature management software products and services for military/industrial design and analysis. In addition, he provides guidance on the company’s strategic technology plan and serves as a key technical participant in signature management modeling and simulation.

Prior to founding the company in 1996, Johnson served as a researcher at Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center, where he was also involved in the development of thermal analysis software. Prior to that, Johnson was involved in thermodynamics at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Global Analytics in San Diego, and General Dynamics in San Diego. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Melissa Roy

Executive Director, Advancing Macomb

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Melissa Roy is the executive director of Advancing Macomb. She is an expert in public affairs, public policy and economic development. Most recently, she served in Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel’s office as assistant county executive from February 2011 through March 2015. Prior to that, she held numerous economic development and government relations positions with the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Roy serves on the board of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Detroit Zoological Society and Detroit Public Television. She is past president of the Detroit Intermodal and Ocean Freight Association and has served on the boards for the Detroit Artists Market, Community Legal Resources and the Eight Mile Boulevard Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.


Jarret Schlaff

CEO and Co-founder, Boots on the Ground

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Jarret Schlaff is president, co-founder and CEO of Boots on the Ground LLC. The company’s mission is to produce hand-made, ecologically consciousness, urban utility boots and other products built by veterans overcoming homelessness. He previously served as Midwest director for, training and coaching hundreds of student, faith and community leaders, which resulted in 34 new environmentally-focused projects across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 2008, Schlaff has launched four nonprofit projects focused on youth mentorship, environmental justice and food access across metro Detroit. He has 10 years of experience in management and personal, professional and organizational development.

Brian David Johnson

BDJBrian David Johnson is the futurist in residence at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination. As a futurist, he works with organizations to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision and what it will feel like to live in the future. His work is called futurecasting, using ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap of the future.

As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to not only help envision their future but specify the steps needed to get there. He was appointed first futurist ever at the Intel Corp. in 2009 where he worked for over a decade helping to design over 2 billion microprocessors. Johnson holds over 30 patents and is the author of both science fiction and fact books (“Humanity in the Machine,” “21st Century Robot,” “Vintage Tomorrows” and “Science Fiction Prototyping”).


Devin Scillian

Devin Scillian headshotDevin Scillian is an anchor on WDIV-TV 4, NBC in Detroit, and brings national and international reporting experience to the position, which he has held since 1996. He also hosts the weekly current events news program “Flashpoint.” He originally joined the station as a reporter in 1995.

Scillian is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Documentary. Additionally, he is the author of 15 children’s books. His book, “A is for America,” became a national best-seller, while another, “Memoirs of a Goldfish,” won the Wanda Gag Award for the nation’s best “read aloud” book.

Justine Sheu

CEO and Co-founder, Pro:Up

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Justine Sheu is an urban educator, serial entrepreneur and armchair philosopher. After years of teaching and counseling in Detroit, she founded EnACT Your Future to provide low-income students with test prep and scholarship essay writing classes to improve their chances for college admissions. Her second venture, Pro:Up, connects students to educational and career experiences like summer programs, internships and job shadows through personalized notifications.

Jennette Smith

Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business

Jeannette Smith, Crain Communications, Inc.

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Jennette Smith is editor at Crain’s Detroit Business and supervises the editorial functions of the newsroom, ranging from strategy for print and online content, to efforts to grow the publication’s audience and reach to younger readers. She started her career with Crain’s as a real estate reporter in 1998 and previously served in the roles of deputy managing editor and managing editor.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s journalism program and serves on the governing board for the mentorship-based nonprofit, Winning Futures.