Adient’s First Timer Talks Investment, Economic Opportunity at Mackinac Policy Conference

He admits it: Glen Ponczak, Adient’s vice president of communications and investor relations, is a newbie to the Mackinac Policy Conference. It’s his first time attending the event, which takes place on Mackinac Island the end of May. “While I have been with involved with the auto industry for 30 years during my tenure with […]

Grand Hotel’s Caretaker Named Regional Family Business EY Entrepreneur of the Year

It is one of Michigan’s most iconic buildings: The Grand Hotel, the stunning century-old hotel that symbolizes summer, cool porches, hospitality and family fun. Its third-generation caretaker, R.D. (Dan) Musser III, serves as both president of the state’s “summer hotel” but also as its spokesperson in many ways. He takes on this role with grace, […]

Detroit Historical Society Brings City Past into the Future During Chamber Event

Researching, studying and understanding Detroit’s history to move the city forward is part of the mission of the Detroit Historical Society. So why is Bob Bury, its Executive Director and CEO, on Mackinac Island this week for the Mackinac Policy Conference? Bury is here in part to discuss and promote the Detroit 67: Looking Back […]

Mackinac Policy Conference to Tackle Flint, Urban Education and Michigan’s Future

The 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference will focus on issues including urban education, entrepreneurism and Michigan’s future in terms of business development and growth, organizers said during a media event  to introduce this year’s agenda to the public. Sandy Baruah, CEO and president of the Detroit Regional Chamber described the June 1-3 event as a “labor […]

Five Things to Know About Leadership From Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

As a presidential biographer and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin certainly feels sympathy for the struggles that past leaders have endured. But she also has strong feelings for the leaders of today, whether they are presidents, chief executive officers or managers of any kind. Their need to balance the media, the job’s demands and their relationships […]

MPC15: Learning How to Network is as Important as the Panels, Keynotes

One thing that stands out about the Mackinac Policy Conference this year is how relaxed and convivial everyone seems to be. Welcome to MPC15, business-casual style. And it’s a good thing, according to the guest speakers at the “Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation,” a panel discussion to help newbies get the most out of this networking […]

10 Tips For Maximizing the Mackinac Policy Conference

Talk about Island life – few things in Michigan are as significant as the discussions that will take place during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. With thousands of professionals preparing to head to the upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference in a few weeks, Gerry Weinberg & Associates, a leader in executive, […]