One of Automotive’s Leading Mobility Experts to Kick Off the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Don Butler, executive director of Connected Vehicle Platform and Product for Ford Mobility, a division of Ford Motor Company, will kick off the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference on Wednesday, May 30 with a keynote address on Michigan’s mobility industry.

Butler has served on the front lines of the automotive industry’s transformation at Ford and General Motors (GM). He will discuss how the state can remain competitive in the era of connected and automated vehicle testing and development. Butler’s keynote session is sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

In his current position, Butler is responsible for Ford’s global integrated connectivity vision and strategy. He leads long-term planning and development to implement Ford’s vision of “smart vehicles for a smart world.” Butler previously held leadership roles at GM, where he is credited with reinventing the Cadillac brand among African-Americans, and the creation of GM’s Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics System.

Former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner Joins Mackinac Lineup

John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will headline a discussion about building trust in American institutions at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. On Thursday, May 31 Boehner will draw on his experience gaining trust among his constituents as a U.S. House representative and will discuss how to form bonds between the American people, the media, and critical institutions to move Michigan forward.

As Speaker of the House, Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth. Boehner was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984 and represented Ohio’s 8th Congressional District for nearly 25 years. During his time in Congress, he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. He served as chairman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce for five years, where he authored legislation to expand school choice, strengthen America’s pension system, and reform federal education guidelines to increase accountability among students and parents.

Boehner left Congress in 2015 and joined the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs in 2016 as the firm’s senior strategic advisor.