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August 20, 2013: Governor Snyder to Open 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit, Maverick Marketing Monday is Back Sept. 9

Governor Snyder to Open 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit, Agenda Taking Shape

Governor Rick Snyder will serve as the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit on Wednesday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at COBO Center. Gov. Snyder will take the stage to welcome attendees and provide opening remarks, affirming Michigan’s commitment to its foundation industry.

The daylong event will highlight Michigan’s automotive capabilities and expertise, discuss industry growth opportunities, and touch on the necessity to capitalize on – and maintain – the state’s role as the epicenter of the global automotive industry. This opening session is sponsored by Michigan Media Solutions.

While more speaker announcements are expected soon, the agenda continues to take shape as confirmed presenters and panelists include:

  • Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO, General Motors (In partnership with Inforum’s Center for Leadership)
  • Jay Baron, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
  • Steve Hilfinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • John McElroy, Host, “Autoline Detroit”
  • Osamu “Simon” Nagata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A., Inc.

Register today and visit for additional speaker information and agenda details.

Maverick Marketing Monday is Back as Jeff Chu of Fast Company Kicks Off Programming, September 9

Maverick Marketing Monday is back as the Chamber’s Small Business: Unlocked fall lineup gets under way featuring Jeff Chu, editor-at-large of Fast Company on Monday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emagine in Royal Oak. Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand based in New York with insight on how to turn customers into brand ambassadors.

The session, titled “Brand Storytelling: Lessons from Fast Company,” will touch on how small and medium-sized businesses can maximize their brand awareness with less time and fewer resources, all while making use of the latest technology. Learn more and register today.

Each session includes a boxed lunch and beverage. For more information, please contact Marianne Alabastro at 313.596.0479.

Beaumont’s Gene Michalski Opens Inside the CEO Mind Season

Beaumont Health System President and CEO, and Chamber Board member Gene Michalski kicked off this season of “Inside the CEO Mind” last week, providing insight into the future of Beaumont and his own unique perspective on leadership to more than 100 attendees. Following a question-and-answer session, attendees had the opportunity to take a tour of the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center and Suzanne & Herbert Tyner Center for Cardiovascular Interventions.
Inside the CEO Mind provides all-access sessions with some of the region’s foremost leaders designed to help businesses unlock the secrets to successful growth strategies. Stay tuned for more on the program’s fall lineup.


Nominate an Exceptional Leader for the 2013 Leadership Detroit Awards

Leadership Detroit is seeking award nominations for exceptional individuals who have created positive change within the community. Please take a moment and nominate someone for this honor. Finalists will be recognized Thursday, October 24 at the 2013 Leadership Detroit Awards.

The 2013 Leadership Detroit Awards will recognize three exceptional leaders in the following categories:

  • Inspirational Leadership Award – Honors a Leadership Detroit alumnus who has supported the mission of the program through one of our five practices of exemplary leadership.
  • Emerging Leadership Award – Recognizes one Leadership Detroit graduate from the three most recent classes.
  • Lifelong Leadership Award – Open to any individual in the Detroit region that has made a significant contribution that aligns closely with the overall mission of Leadership Detroit.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, September 6Click here to learn more or submit a nomination form today.

For more information, please contact Dan Piepszowski at 313.596.0315.

Calling Innovative Automotive Suppliers; Apply Today for PACE Awards, Aug. 30

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program is collaborating with the 2014 Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence (PACE) Awards, held on April 7, 2014 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The PACE Awards, established in 1994, honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers.

The PACE Awards program welcomes entries from all suppliers to automotive OEMs. Applicants and winners have included large and small companies supplying production parts, materials, capital equipment and services. Applications are now being accepted for this prestigious award through August 30, 2013Click here to apply or learn more about the awards.