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Doug Rothwell is the President & CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. This leadership organization composed of the state's leading corporate and university chief executive's focuses on transforming the state's economy through the Michigan Turnaround Plan.  Doug's leadership of economic development efforts in Detroit and Michigan have earned him numerous awards and national recognition. 

Kelly Chesney is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Business Leaders for Michigan, her responsibilities include managing and facilitating media relations, as well as integrating marketing and communications strategies that support and advance the organization’s mission. 

 

Find out about Michigan and its economy from who's who in business and education. 

Tuesday
Oct212014

WJR Business Leaders Insights: Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan on the upcoming Michigan CEO Summit

In this edition of Business Leaders Insights, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kelly Chesney is joined by BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell. 

Rothwell talks about the upcoming Nov. 13 Michigan CEO Summit, a past-paced half day event where attendees will hear directly from some of the nation's top minds on how we can help Michigan continue its turnaround, better understand our competitors and position ourselves and our businesses to take advantage of emerging global trends through innovation and collaboration.

For more information, including the event agenda and registration information, click here. 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

WJR Business Leaders Insights: Matt Clayson, Detroit Creative Corridor Center

In this edition of Business Leaders Insights, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kelly Chesney is joined by Matt Clayson, Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. 

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Tuesday
Jun172014

WJR Business Leaders Insights: Samantha Harkins, Michigan Municipal League

In this edition of Business Leaders Insights, Kelly Chesney, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications is joined by Samantha Harkins, Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.

They discus the impact of the personal property tax on Michigan's businesses and communities. 

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Thursday
May222014

WJR Business Leaders Insights: Domino's President & CEO Patrick Doyle 

Patrick Doyle, President & CEO of Domino's joins Kelly Chesney, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications to discuss the role of higher education in Michigan's future - both as a talent producer and economic driver. 

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Friday
May162014

Detroit Poll results - Doug Rothwell on Michigan's Big Show

On May 15, 2014, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) President & CEO Doug Rothwell appeared on Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels to discuss the results of BLM's latest poll gauging voter sentiment about Detroit. 

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Tuesday
Apr082014

WKAR: Business Leaders Update Turnaround Plan

Listen to the podcast, from WKAR - Current State. 

"An organization that includes many of Michigan’s top corporate leaders is making new recommendations on the way ahead for the state. Business Leaders for Michigan is a non-profit whose 90 or so members are among the top executives of the state’s most established businesses including General Motors, Dominos Pizza and Meijer.

The group also includes top academic leaders like university Presidents Lou Anna K. Simon and Mary Sue Coleman.

Business Leaders for Michigan's 2009 Turnaround Plan, which called for tax and budget reforms to generate job growth and competitiveness, has been largely implemented by the GOP-led legislature and the Snyder administration.

CEO Doug Rothwell says since 2009, Michigan has balanced its budget and regained population."

-via WKAR Current State, April 8, 2014

 

Friday
Apr042014

WGVU West Michigan Week with Guest Doug Rothwell

Thursday
Apr032014

Michigan's Big Show: BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell April 3, 2014 

On April 3, 2014, Business Leaders for Michigan President & CEO Doug Rothwell spoke with Michael Patrick Shiels of Michigan's Big Show about the 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan

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Listen to segment 2. 

Listen to segment 3. 

Thursday
Jan302014

Business Leaders Insights: John Rakolta Jr, CEO of Walbridge


Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and WJR present Business Leaders Insights. In this edition, BLM member John Rakolta Jr, CEO of Walbridge, joins Kelly Chesney, BLM VP of Marketing & Communications to discuss making Michigan a more cohesive global competitor. 

PODCAST: Click here to listen. 

Thursday
Jan302014

Business Leaders Insights: Hans-Werner Kaas on Michigan's potential as a Global Center of Mobility

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and WJR present Business Leaders Insights. In this edition, BLM member Hans-Werner Kaas, Director at McKinsey & Company, joins Kelly Chesney, VP Marketing & Communications to discuss growing Michigan's automotive industry into the Global Center of Mobility.

PODCAST: Click here to listen.