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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS SERIES

The Michigan Business Network Speaker Series connects some of the most influential business and thought leaders with the Michigan business community. Industry experts share their stories, expertise and advice covering a variety of business topics. Sponsorship support and generosity allow MBN to offer the series six times per year.


SANDY BARUAH (virtual event)

MBN Speaker Series continued virtually on Wednesday, September 16th with speaker Sandy K. Baruah. Sandy is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation. The Chamber represents the business interests of a region comprising 5.4 million residents and 11 Fortune 500 companies. The Chamber also executes the statewide automotive and mobility cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.

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PAST EVENTS

JACQUELINE M. BAKER

Thank you to everyone who came out to our MBN Speaker Series with AARP's Director of Innovation Programming Jacqueline M. Baker on Thursday, Feb.20th 2020 at the MSU U-Club. Jacqueline gave a wonderful presentation on innovation within the workplace.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: AARP Michigan, Cinnaire, Tri-Star Trust Bank, Dean Trailways, Capital Region International Airport, Shaheen Chevrolet, James B. Henry Center, University Club of MSU, and WLNS Ch.6.

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MICHIGAN ECONOMIC FORECAST SERIES (2019)

Michigan Business Network held their annual Michigan Economic Forecast Series breakfast on Dec.12th. The breakfast includes an economic forecast of the mid-Michigan area for 2020.

This year's panel includes:
Chris Holman - Michigan Business Network
Jade Sims - International Business Center at MSU
Mike Maurer - Accident Fund Insurance of America
Jack Schripsema - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tim Damen - Lansing Regional Chamber
Bob Trezise - Lansing Economic Area Partnership
Dr. Charles Ballard - Michigan State University

Part of the breakfast included the release of the Michigan Future Business Index Survey. The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show more than eight-in-ten (82 percent) of statewide business leaders representing small- to mid-sized businesses remain satisfied with the overall economy. Satisfaction is strongest in West Michigan (88 percent) and Metro Detroit (82 percent). . Link to 2019 Fall MFBI Survey: FALL 2019 MFBI REPORT (pdf)

Review a detailed summary of the year-end 2019 Michigan Future Business Index at  http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/michigan-future-business-index-1

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TOM DICKSON

 

Sports Entrepreneur, Tom Dickson speaks at the Michigan Business Network's semi-annual Business Sports Luncheon on October 30th at the MSU U-Club.

ABOUT TOM
Tom Dickson has been one of the chief entrepreneurs in the business of sports, launching his first professional sports team in 1996 - the Class-A baseball team Lansing Lugnuts - and spearheading the team's home, Cooley Law Stadium. The Lugnuts have been one of the most successful minor league baseball teams in history. In 2007, Tom founded Professional Sports Catering - a foodservice company specializing in operating MiLB ballparks around the country.

The Michigan Business Network Speaker Series connects some of the most influential business and thought leaders with the Michigan business community. Industry experts share their stories, expertise and advice covering a variety of business topics. Sponsorship support and generosity allow MBN to offer the series six times per year.

Special Thanks to Event Sponsors!
Dean Transportation
Shaheen Chevrolet
Lansing Sports Authority
Cinnaire
WLNS Channel 6
Capital Region International Airport
James B. Henry Center
MSU International Business Center
MSU University Club

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DENNIS ARCHER JR.

Dennis Archer Jr. (CEO, Ignition Media Group), Chris Holman (Founder, Michigan Business Network) PHOTO: Trumpie Photography

The Michigan Business Network would like to thank everyone who came out to our hugely successful Speaker Series event on September 4th featuring Dennis Archer Jr.  We are most thankful to our sponsors that made this event possible: Cinnaire, Dean Transportation, DTE, Shaheen Chevrolet, Fly Lansing, University Club of MSU, WLNS-TV, Broad College of Business, James B Henry Center for Executive Development, and especially Delta Dental of Michigan for suggesting Mr. Archer.  Finally, we thank Dennis for making the time to share his story and insights in his fascinating and engaging presentation.

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CRIS GARDNER

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our MBN Speaker Series June 13th featuring Cris Gardner. Cris is VP, Futurecasting at AARP where she is responsible for helping AARP make sense of and respond to emergent future trends and disruptive forces. Watch Cris give information rich presentation about the quickly changing landscape of today's workplace. 

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ROCKY ROE

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2019 Sports Business Luncheon with former Major League Baseball Umpire Rocky Roe! The Former MLB umpire recently spoke at the 2019 Sports Business Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9th at the University Club of MSU! Rocky was first brought up to the American League after the 1979 umpires' strike. He worked the 1990 World Series, 1994 All-Star Game and 1999 World Series most notably, in addition to four Division Series and three League Championship Series.


PAUL TRAUB

On February 21st 2019 MBN had their 2019 International Business Luncheon with guest economist Paul Traub. Paul focuses on Michigan's current economy plus perspective of economic issues from around world.

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TERRY COLLINS  

Recently retired manager of the New York Mets spoke at the 2018 Sports Business Luncheon on October 30th at the University Club of MSU. As a MLB manager he won 481 games with the New York Mets (third­ most in team history) and managed more games than any other manager in team history. Terry is Midland, MI native and Eastern Michigan University graduate. He played all four seasons of baseball at EMU and was inducted into EMU's Hall of Fame in 1995. 

Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who came out to our Sports Business Luncheon! 

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 HUEI PENG

The Michigan Business Network held its Mobility Luncheon on September 4th, 2018 where Director of Mcity, Huei Peng Ph.D gave a keynote speech on the current status of the mobility industry.

Thanks to everyone that attended the Mobility Luncheon September 4th with speaker Huei Peng Ph.D Executive Director of M |City.  

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CLAES FORNELL

 

 

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On June 14th, 2018 Claes Fornell chairman of CFI Group spoke on customer satisfaction at MBN's International Business Luncheon. Thank you to our sponsors and all that attended the luncheon.

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 ANDRE HUTSON

Thank you to everyone who joined us April 10th for the Michigan Business Network Event Series featuring Andre Hutson! Andre was part of the 2000 Michigan State Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Team and now Founder/Partner of Conquest Fitness. Andre spoke about pursuing business after playing basketball for many years. Check back on our site for photos and coverage of this event!

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BRIAN P. MORAN 

MBN welcomed best selling author and motivational speaker Brian P. Moran to the 2018 Strategic Business Breakfast. 

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TOM IZZO

 

Tom Izzo Speaks at the Fall 2017 Business Sports Luncheon held at Eagle Golf Club in Bath, MI. Tom has been the very successful MSU's Mens Head Basketball Coach for the last 22 years. In his speech he compares the coach/player dynamic to the boss/employee dynamic.

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DOUG BARRY   

Dr. Doug Barry, Vice President, Conover + Gould Strategy Group, Washington, DC, spoke at the Michigan Business Network's 2017 International Business Luncheon. He talks about the latest international trends and how they are impacting our global economy.

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HOWARD KASS  

 
Howard Kass, VP for Regulatory Affairs of American Airlines was the featured speaker at MBN's Aerospace + Business Luncheon June 21st, 2017. He reviewed big issues that the aerspace industry is facing and then answered an extended series of questions from the business audience about airline issues they are concerned about today.
 

BUSINESS OF GOLF | Dan Pohl 

The Michigan Business Network welcomes 10-year PGA Tour Professional Dan Pohl to speak at the Spring 2017 Business+Sports Luncheon held in Bath, MI at the Eagle Eye Golf Club. Since the 1970’s, Dan has been associated with the great American game of golf and has contributed by instructing, designing courses, and committing to first rate charities and non-profits. www.danpohl.com


 

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