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Roger Penske Joins the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Lineup

DETROIT, February 14, 2012 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that Penske Corporation founder and Chairman Roger S. Penske is joining an impressive list of headliners at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Conference, held Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, is focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

Penske will conduct a moderated discussion about the turnaround of Detroit and Pittsburgh as both cities continue to progress and become more economically competitive.  This session builds off the dialogue from the 2010 Mackinac Policy Conference, which resulted in the Detroit Regional Chamber sending a delegation of business, civic and political leaders on a tour to see Pittsburgh’s economic turnaround.

“Detroit and Pittsburgh are resilient and can continue to learn from each other about adapting and staying competitive in the global economy,” said Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, who is Chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. “These two cities are making great progress in re-inventing themselves and rely on committed leadership by high-profile leaders like Roger Penske to help guide their recovery. He can speak to the importance of coupling industries like automotive and steel with other emerging sectors like medical and bio-sciences.”

Penske is the Founder and Chairman of Penske Corporation, a diversified transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, component manufacturing and professional motorsports.

Penske joins a lineup that already includes New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist and best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman, noted print and broadcast journalist Fareed Zakaria and former Utah Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt.

The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference’s three pillars are innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims to increase economic development and create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan, visit

Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 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. Over 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 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

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