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August 5, 2013: Chamber Mourns Passing of Manufacturing Pillar Richard Dauch; Detroit Primary Election Today

Detroit Regional Chamber Mourns Passing of Manufacturing Pillar Richard Dauch

Michigan lost an important leader and one of the manufacturing industry’s greatest advocates last week with the passing of Richard E. Dauch, the executive chairman and co-founder of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. Dauch, a past chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber, was an outspoken advocate and a tireless campaigner at a time when few wanted to acknowledge the importance and potential of American manufacturing.

Dauch is responsible for reinventing and reinvigorating American Axle and led the company through one of the most turbulent periods in U.S. economic history. His advocacy for the industry resulted in a sharper focus on the manufacturing sector and a renewed commitment to the competitiveness of the region’s automotive industry within the Chamber. In 2002, Dauch was also recognized by the Chamber as World Trader of the Year. To read more about Dauch’s life and legacy in Crain’s Detroit Businessclick here.

Primary Election Today: Chamber PAC Endorses 7 Candidates for City Council, Duggan for Mayor

Don’t forget to vote today in this critical primary election in Detroit. The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed seven candidates for City Council and encourages all Detroiters to elect a pro-growth City Council for 2013. The endorsed candidates include: James Tate (District 1, Incumbent), Rick Bowers (District 2),Scott Benson (District 3), Andre Spivey (District 4, Incumbent), Adam Hollier (District 5), Vince Keenan (District 6) and Saunteel Jenkins (At-Large, Incumbent).

The Chamber’s PAC Board also endorsed former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan as a write-in candidate in the primary for the Detroit mayoral election in November. To see a full list of endorsed candidates or to read more about each endorsed candidate, click here.

Next Week: Beaumont’s Gene Michalski Joins Inside the CEO Mind  

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber next week for Inside the CEO Mind featuring Gene Michalski, president and CEO of Beaumont Health System, on Tuesday, August 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Beaumont Hospital Administration Building in Royal Oak. Attendees will once again be invited to tap into the mind of one of the region’s most influential business leaders and gain exclusive insight into Beaumont’s future, and Michalski’s unique perspective on leadership. Following his presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. Space is limited, so register today by clicking here.

Detroit Regional Chamber Staff Participates in Life Remodeled  

Fourteen Detroit Regional Chamber staff members participated in a Life Remodeled event last week during the program’s six-day neighborhood overhaul. More than 5,000 volunteers came together to transform a Detroit neighborhood, build a brand new house, renovate 24 others, board up at least 150 vacant structures and beautify 48 city blocks. Partners in this project included Quicken Loans, Allied Building Products, Barton Malow, Carrier Air Conditioning and more. For information on the project, click here.

Register Today for Connections & Cocktails at 24grille, Aug. 20  

 Small Business: Unlocked – Connections & Cocktails at the Westin Book Cadillac’s 24grille restaurant in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, August 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. You’ll have the chance to interact with potential clients and other business professionals while building stronger relationships in a casual, after work environment. For more information or to register, click here.


Learn How Health Care Reform Will Impact Your Business During Free Strategy Session, Aug. 20   

If you are a small business owner with fewer than 50 employees, don’t miss this free health care reform strategy session featuring a panel of experts and the latest news and information about reform. The session will take place on August 20 at the MSU Management Education Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Join to get the information you need to make an informed decision about your company.

Registration is only open for the August 20 session and Shannon Sakewski, health education program manager at the Detroit Regional Chamber, will be participating in a panel discussion sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information or to register, click here.