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Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Plunkett Cooney’s CEO, Henry B. Cooney, As 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 31, 2013 Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney as Chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. Cooney will succeed 2013 Conference Chair Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp., and help lead the Chamber’s efforts in planning and hosting the 2014 Conference.

“Plunkett Cooney has been a long-time supporter of the Mackinac Policy Conference because it’s a one-of-kind program which also happens to be one of the preeminent policy events in the nation,” Cooney said. “The Conference has evolved into a statewide conversation where leaders from throughout Michigan come together to discuss the critical issues facing our state. I’m honored to be the 2014 Chair and look forward to help driving that conversation.”

Cooney has served as president and CEO of Plunkett Cooney since 1998.  Plunkett Cooney, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm provides a range of transactional and litigation services.

“Hank Cooney is one of the leading attorneys in Michigan, is president of a very well respected law firm, Plunkett Cooney, and has a long history of commitment to Detroit and the region,” Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah said. “I am honored that he will lend his perspective and leadership to the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.”

“Hank will add a new and different perspective to the Mackinac Policy Conference. I’m delighted that he has accepted the chair role and am looking forward to working with him. I’m confident he’ll enjoy the experience – I know I did,” Welch said.

Following the announcement of Cooney as Conference Chair, the Chamber released the dates for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will take place from Wednesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event brings together business and government to re-energize Michigan. Since 1981, the Conference has provided access to Michigan’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions. Approximately 1,600 attendees gathered for the 2013 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit