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Chamber Welcomes New Board Members, Dennis Archer Jr. as Chair

This week, the Detroit Regional Chamber welcomed eight new C-suite level members to its Board of Directors while Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr. became Chair of the Board at the first meeting in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Archer, who chaired the highly successful 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference succeeds Deloitte’s Michigan Managing Partner Mark Davidoff whose one-year term as Board Chair came to an end.

“I look forward to working with leadership on all the Chamber initiatives in place,” said Archer, whose father Mayor Dennis Archer held the same position ten years ago. “We’ll be focusing a lot on business attraction and also on speaking to the industries and businesses that are here so that they don’t leave, because there are a lot states and countries that are easing into town and trying to attract our businesses to other parts of the country and world.”

In addition to protecting assets like the defense industry, he also highlighted inclusion and education as top priorities and critical issues facing the region that need attention from the business community.

The new board members, representing the region and a variety of industries, include:

  • Laurent Bresson, President, Nexteer Automotive
  • Lane Coleman, President and CEO, Strike Group
  • John Diggins, Partner, Platinum Equity
  • Mark Douglas, President, Avis Ford, Inc.
  • John Fechushak, Vice President of Airport Customer Service, Delta Air Lines
  • Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy
  • Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman, Palace Sports and Entertainment
  • Tifiany Walker, CEO, WalkerHealthcareIT

In recognizing the new members Baruah said: “Thank you so much. We know you’re volunteering your incredibly valuable time. You are all C-suite leaders that work nationally and internationally and the fact that you’d spend some time with us, we’re very pleased and honored by that.”

With gratitude, the Chamber honored Davidoff for his work as Chair of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference and the Board this past year.

“Mark is not only a fantastic friend, he’s been another transformative leader as Chair of the Board. He led an outstanding (2015) Mackinac Policy Conference,” Baruah said. “Under his leadership the Conference really started to tackle some social issues that the Conference was hesitant to take on in the past. The notion of inclusion and economic opportunity for all was a key theme of Mark’s chairmanship of the Conference and that continues on with us today.”

Davidoff will remain a member of the Board as Immediate Past Chair and serve on the Executive Committee.

“Although I’m stepping out of this seat, I’m committed to being continually involved and helpful in every way I can and continue to knit together all those concentric circles we run in in this town and state to make Michigan what it is,” said Davidoff. “I can’t thank you enough for the honor to have served … and look forward to working together on moving this community forward.”

The staff also recognized the service of outgoing members of the Executive Committee in attendance including Deidre Bounds, COO, Ignite Social Media who served on the Board since 2009 and Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Health System, who served since 2005, including as Chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference and Board of Directors in 2013.

View the entire list of Board of Directors here.