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Paul W. Smith: Celebrating success on Mackinac Island, Motor Bella

The Detroit News
Sept. 26, 2021
Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’”

Congratulations to Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and his great team, for what appeared to be an action-packed and successful 2021 policy conference at the (still) beautiful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Great timing to (coincidently) have a “medicine man” at the helm as chair during this pandemic, as Wright Lassiter III of Henry Ford Heath Systems helped everyone to (hopefully) stay safe.

My last happy duty was to welcome everyone to the annual WJR Radio Golden Ticket event at the Yankee Rebel Tavern, to salute the men and women of the National Electrical Contractors Association and their partners at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58.

Congratulations to Jennifer Mefford for organizing and celebrating these very important and hard-working men and women in the midst of rebuilding this great pandemic-hobbled country of ours.

From the island to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac: “I have seen the future, and it is now!”

I salute the executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Rod Alberts, for seeing the need for massive change in the auto show world (to save it) and making the first moves. It is risky, but undeniably critical for the very survival of this industry within an industry. “Motor Bella” was born.

The good news is the vision of the North American International Auto Show expanded brilliantly to a very much needed experiential outdoors event. Unfortunately, that also was the bad news. Mother Nature had her own agenda as the rain was relentless at the start.

That aside, more than 400 cars, trucks and utility vehicles were displayed over 87 acres of the M1 Concourse. One big question, can all this be duplicated in Detroit?

There is no quick or easy answer.

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