Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to Keynote Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, February 19, 2013 Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former Chief Executive Officer of the Kellogg Company, the Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez will provide a keynote address at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, May 31, the Conference will spur a comprehensive dialogue on cultural change, education and the 21st century global market.

“As a relentless advocate of immigration reform, Secretary Gutierrez continues to challenge our nation to cut through the politics and address immigration in a fashion that creates opportunity for people and country alike,” said Chairman, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. Joseph L. Welch, chair of the 2013 Conference. “Immigration reform is a major strategic opportunity for Michigan and the rest of the country, and we are eager to have that conversation front and center at the Mackinac Policy Conference.”

Secretary Gutierrez served as the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, regularly traveling internationally to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports. He served as the Bush administration’s point person on immigration reform and played a key role in passage of Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers and expands export opportunities and boosts opportunity in Latin America.

Before his government service Secretary Gutierrez was chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Citigroup and is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. The Secretary is also a former member of the board of ImmigrationWorks USA, an organization dedicated to achieving comprehensive immigration reform.

“Secretary Gutierrez worked tirelessly with President Bush to convince Congress of the need for smart and comprehensive immigration reform,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “While both political parties offered resistance, there is no doubt that the Bush administration’s efforts, led by Gutierrez, were prescient in understanding the economic, social and political implementations of not fixing our approach to immigration.”

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference’s pillars are cultural change, education and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims to create a more business-friendly climate in Michigan and drive economic growth, visit

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 1,500 attendees will gather 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

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