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With the wealth of regional information that harvests on an ongoing basis, we share this knowledge three times a year by facilitating our Synergy Leaders Meeting.

These handpicked experts and leaders work together, share ideas, find Synergies, and create opportunities out of various communication tools and discussions. Many of our members know each other, but it takes a short introduction of projects that they are working on to spark common ground discussions.

Our intended purpose is to proactively create larger systemic changes to our region by utilizing different sectors and collaborations. In this way, we can strengthen our communities and our regional resources.

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Henry Yanez State Representative
Henry Yanez State Representative Henry Yanez is serving his second term representing Michigan’s 25th House District, which comprises the cities of Sterling Heights and Warren in Macomb County. Before serving in the Legislature, Yanez worked as a Sterling Heights firefighter and paramedic since 1995. He is a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1557, and previously served as a member on the Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals since 2010. Rep. Yanez serves as the minority vice chair of the Financial Services Committee and also serves on the Appropriations Committee.

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As a former firefighter and paramedic, ensuring public health and safety are his top priority as he serves in Michigan’s legislature. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Yanez has fought hard to win support for his amendment to the state budget to fund an ombudsman for the state’s two veterans homes. An ombudsman will ensure that veterans, family members and staff have an independent entity to report problems to without worrying that they will face retaliation. Rep. Yanez has also worked hard to ensure the passage of an amendment funding the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund. The amendment would provide benefits for any respiratory tract, bladder, skin, brain, kidney, blood, thyroid, testicular, prostate or lymphatic cancer. Firefighters suffer higher incidences of cancer than the general population due to repeated exposures to cancer causing agents on the job. Properly funding the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund will help provide the financial assistance necessary to ensure that ailing firefighters receive the care they need. Rep. Yanez is also leading efforts in Macomb County to site and establish a compost facility to serve the City of Warren. Working with other Macomb County legislators, members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Policy, and local community leaders, they will solve this issue and provide for a long-term solution for Warren residents to dispose of their yard waste.
Henry Yanez can be reached via e-mail at:

Douglas Elbinger Senior Energy Systems Analyst, Newman Consulting Group
Douglas Elbinger A native Detroiter, Douglas Elbinger is a business professional with an extensive record of achievement driving sales and profitability through a focus on marketing, public relations, team building, and exceptional customer service. Over the years his business interests have evolved from photography to include graphic design, publishing, video production, marketing, and media relations. Douglas Elbinger serves on the board of directors of the non-profit organization ‘Grass Roots Environment Action Team’ (GREAT) and is a regular contributor to Environmental Network News (, Renewable Energy World ( and Construction Association of Michigan Magazine ( In 2016, Doug was named Director of the Michigan Sustainable Living Summit by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA). Energy Systems Finance, Newman Consulting Group LLC After a three-decade career in marketing, public relations, and media production, I cofounded GreenLancer, in 2011, with partners in Detroit. GreenLancer is a cloud based solar design service that is one of the Quicken Loans family of companies. Initially
funded by the Quicken Loans business incubator, GreenLancer grew to over one million dollars in sales and and was sold to private investors in April, 2015. I retired for three weeks and then partnered with Newman Consulting Group, an internationally recognized team of experts in commercial and industrial energy management systems. I have become an advocate for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and perform energy and financial modeling that enable property owners to finance upgrades their buildings with energy efficient technology. In addition to my day job at NCG, I am currently a co-director of the Sustainable Living Summit and Michigan Energy Fair.
Douglas Elbinger can be reached via e-mail at:

Jim English Engineer & Inventor
Jim English Education:
BS: University of California-Mechanical Engineering
MA: University of Sussex England-Master Material Engineering
Suspension Engineer General Motors-10 years.
Chief Engineer: Bilstein USA shock Absorbers.
Chief Engineer: Rain X, Phoenix AZ
President: Tool-X
Association: Mr English was elected to the engineering board of directors of SAE in the summer of 1990 and remained on the board of director until 1996.Mr. English has given speeches around the world for many different governments on a variety of subject relating to the American Automotive industry. Mr. English is an engineering consultant that focus on bringing off shore companies to the USA. Mr. English was hired by the British Government to give speeches to British business men for over 10 year stating in 1994. He was also hired by the French government to petition congress and establish the micro wave bands for the On-Star program. Mr. English is current the President of Tool-X a Nano Fluid company and is part owner in Hylomar a British aerospace company.
Jim English can be reached via e-mail at:

Alan B. Havis Principal at the Law Office of Alan B. Havis, ESQ
Leading General Liability Defense Attorney for Michigan Public AirportsMr. Havis began his career litigating a wide range of tort matters on behalf of Wayne County Michigan for six years, the last two years defending Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in the capacity of Assistant Airport Counsel.In 1990, Alan moved to Washington, D.C. to join the country’s leading aviation defense firm, Katten Muchin Zavis and Dombroff, where he defended litigation ranging from airport premise liability to complex aviation disasters, including the airfield collision between two Northwest Aircraft at Metro Airport on December 3, 1990.In 1994, The Law Office of Alan B. Havis and its sister company ABH Claims Services, Inc. was launched. ABH Claims Services, Inc., has since gone on to provide a range of services to its clients including the management and handling of all injury claims and litigation involving the general liability and OCIP policies at Detroit Metro Airport and the handling of various claims on behalf of a variety of other airports and airport insurers.The Law Office of Alan B. Havis, Esq. litigates primarily in the area of Michigan Public Airport General Liability, and has established a solid expertise in Michigan governmental immunity and indemnification issues. The office typically handles matters ranging from standard slip and fall cases to high exposure complex premise and aviation litigation.

Mr. Havis is admitted to the State Bar Michigan, the Federal District Court of Michigan, and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Havis can be reached at his office (248) 353-3690 or via e-mail at:

Larry L. Fobes representing
Larry Fobes Larry L. Fobes is the founder of Learning From Leaders, LLC. He is a co-founder, with partners associated with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, of Learning With Leaders, LLC.

He created, hosted, and co-produced, with Detroit Public Television, the Emmy award winning television series, “Leaders on Leadership”. His CEO interviews were broadcast in the US, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and coast-to-coast Canada. This series ran for 8 seasons, and created approximately 150, 30-minute episodes.

He is a frequent speaker, moderator, and trainer on a wide range of business topics, often incorporating video from the television series into a highly interactive discussion format. He contributed to a multi-media leadership etextbook currently being used in Duke University’s Global Executive MBA.

His corporate experience includes 30 years with Ford Motor Company in product design, scientific research, government liaison, operational finance, and global business strategy. Larry built and led a globally dispersed team supporting over 150 national markets on 5 continents for 8 Ford corporate brands.

He was also the founding Director of the Wayne State University, School of Business Administration’s Institute for Organizational & Industrial Competitiveness. His university studies include the Global Executive MBA from Duke University; The Executive Program at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; and an engineering graduate degree from Wayne State University.

Larry Fobes serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for The YES Foundation. He is the former Treasurer of the Board of Governors for the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is a member of the Oakland County (Michigan) Business Roundtable and the External Advisory Board of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University. He served multiple terms in non-partisan elected office in his home town.
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Wanda Cook-Robinson, Ph. D. Superintendent, Oakland Schools
Wanda%27s Picture 2014 Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is a lifelong educator currently serving as Superintendent of Oakland Schools. Prior to this she served 14 months as the Oakland Schools Chief of Staff and ten years as Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools. She has received a number of accolades including 2013 “Michigan State Superintendent of the Year” and “National Finalist, Superintendent of the Year” by the American Association of School Administrators. Dr. Cook-Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University.
Wanda Cook-Robinson can be reached via e-mail at:

Jim Nash Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash Jim Nash began working for the citizens of Oakland County in 2005 when he was sworn in as a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. From the beginning he has focused his energies on environmental sustainability, green building, and water quality. These issues continue to be at the forefront of his decision making. Since his election as Water Resources Commissioner Jim has worked with Oakland County’s Executive office to develop the Great Lakes Water Authority, he has organized and hosted three regional stormwater summits, and in 2015 he was awarded the Jane Elder Environmentalist of the Year award by the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Jim Nash can be reached via e-mail at:

Michele Economou Ureste Cheif Development Officer
Michele Ureste Michele Economou Ureste is the Chief Development Officer Zaman International, Michele prepares grant applications and performs fund development activities in an effort to generate financial support to carry out the organization’s mission of facilitating change to advance the lives of women and children living in poverty by enabling them to meet essential needs common to all humankind. Previously, Michele served as the supervisor of West Bloomfield township from 2008-2016. During her tenure, Michele worked to preserve environmental quality, property values, and quality of life for her constituents. Prior to public service, Michele served as vice president of the business solutions consultancy Simons-White & Associated and held management positions with Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Automotive Industry Action Group. She serves on the board of Easterseals Michigan Senior Reach, which provides services to seniors at risk for mental health crises.
Michele Economou Ureste can be reached via e-mail at:

Jim Newman Managing Partner, Newman Consulting Group, LLC
Jim Newman James L. Newman, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE OPMP & BEAP Fellow, Engineering Society of Detroit; Life Member and Distinguished Lecturer, ASHRAE Chair of BOMA Metro Detroit, Sustainability 4 Savings Task ForceJim Newman is one of the country’s most experienced energy efficiency and green building experts. Known as the “Dean of Green,” Jim regularly speaks to professionals, student groups and the media about sustainability and green technology.Jim is a member of the Energy and Environment Committee of BOMA International (Building Owners and Managers Association), a past Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council – Detroit Regional Chapter (DRC) and of the ASHRAE local chapter. Past Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee of USGBC-DRC, a member of the Green Schools Advocacy Committee and teaches municipalities how to Green their cities and attract Green development.Jim Newman is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP), a LEED Accredited Professional, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL), Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP), a Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (FESD). In 2012, he was named a Green Leader by Corp! Magazine and the Detroit Free Press.
Jim Newman can be reached at the Office of Newman Consulting Group (248) 626-4910 or via e-mail at: JimN@NewmanConsultingGroup.US

Jeff Hohlfeldt Engineering Manager for Northern Industrial Manufacturing (NIM) and the Chief Medallion Officer for Northeast Medallion (NEM)
Jeff Hohlfeldt In his dynamic role with NIM, Jeff is responsible for business, community and engineering advancement for the tier 1 automotive shim supplier located in Harrison Twp. MI. Jeff is also the founder of a sustainable promotional products company called NEM. This company converts scrap from the auto industry into metal coasters, medallions, and business cards. Prior to his currents roles, Jeff worked for 6 years in Milwaukee, WI as a Principal Sales Engineer for the Timken Corporation, a manufacturer of bearings and power transmission components. Jeff earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Business Administration, Sales and Marketing from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeff holds his Fundamentals Engineering (FE) license in the state of Illinois.” Jeff is a signing charter member of the Reuse Opportunity Collaborator (ROC) Detroit, a non-profit organization that evaluates corporation’s waste streams and looks for synergies between organizations creating waste and those who may be able to use the waste. He also serves on the board of directors for Pockets Full of Sunshine, a nonprofit dedicated to the employment of special needs adults and the reduction of landfill waste.
Jeff Hohlfeldt can be reached via e-mail at:

Steve Litz President and owner of Powerlink Systems
Steve Litz 2015, Started Powerlink Systems, an EVSE company located in Rochester, MI.
2012-2015, I was a contract employee for Bosch Electric Vehicle Solutions. I had the privilege to work in the D.O.E , DTE Energy and Consumers Energy EV Charger installation programs.
2011-2012, I became a Business Developement Manager for a local electrical contracting company, LaBelle Electric/CarPlug that expanded into the new industry known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).
Topics: I am new to this group and I look forward to catching up on current topics that bring this group together!
Previous partner (for 30+ years) in 3 healthcare related businesses that specialized in H.M.E services. Marketing and Team building were my specialty and we operated 3 Metro Detroit locations that offered Retail, Wholesale and Direct to Home services. I have been married for 40 years to my wife, June Marie and we have a daughter and son (Lori & Scott) that have successful careers in the software industries!
Synopsis: I recently created a new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment company called Powerlink Systems. Powerlink is my 5th start up business that I have participated in, my previous businesses were healthcare related and I enjoyed almost 30 years of success as the marketing leader. The EV industry has become a passion for me as we rarely have an opportunity to participate in a new industry that has so much potential to change the way we commute and live!
These new vehicles are loaded with advanced technology and they will one day pilot themselves! I think we will benefit immensely from this new industry and I am excited to participate in it!
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Matthew Quigley Foreign Commercial Service Officer, U.S. Commercial Service – East Michigan, U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
Matthew Quigley Matthew Quigley is a Foreign Commercial Service Officer on a two year tour in Michigan. Previously, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and in Washington DC. He will go to Taiwan in the summer of 2017. He has made a career out of working in China and working on trade issues related to East Asia.
Recent Work: Mr. Quigley is focused on helping U.S. companies pursue opportunities outside the United States. However, the real value he adds is access to the Commercial Sections in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
Topics: Markets in China, India, Mexico, and Canada for water and environmental technology.
Matthew Quigley can be reached via e-mail at:

Linda Daichendt Executive Director, MTAM
Linda Daichendt Linda Daichendt is the Executive Director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, a Co-founder of Mobile Monday Michigan, and Executive Producer of the ‘Michigan Mobile Musings’ podcast. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan STEM Partnership.
Linda is Michigan’s leading proponent of the use of mobile/wireless (connected) technologies for businesses of all sizes – and in all industries. For her work with connected technologies in Michigan she has been recognized as a member of the Techweek Detroit 100 in both 2014 and 2015 and her organizations, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan and Mobile Monday Michigan, have both been recipients of Corp! Magazine’s DiSciTech Awards.
A 17-year resident of her adopted home state of Michigan, Linda’s daily focus is on educating Michigan business, government & education stakeholders about the opportunities that connected technologies provide to substantially grow Michigan’s economy, as well as insuring the ability for all Michigan residents to benefit from the jobs and businesses created by those technologies.
Linda Daichendt can be reached via e-mail at:

Valerie Kindle Harper Woods, City Councilwoman
Valerie Kindle
  • Has lived in Harper Woods since 2002
  • Former Michigan Works Case Manager
  • Retired State of Michigan Delinquency worker.
  • Before becoming a Harper Woods Councilwomen, I served on the Planning Commission, Ordinance Committee and serve as the Vice President of the Friends of Harper Woods Public Library. I am also the President of my Home Owner’s Association. After my election to City Council I am still actively involved in all the committees stated above Things that I am working on in my community
  • A few of the things that I am working on in my community is to establish a Energy Commission to deal with all the energy question that may arise in our community.
  • To continuing to work with DTE, SEMREO and MPS as a Municipal Street Lighting Coalition for setting rates for LED street lighting for DTE service area.

Valerie Kindle can be reached via e-mail at: EMAIL

Robert Mattler Senior News Correspondent, representing
Robert Mattler Robert Mattler is a commercial real estate industry veteran with over thirty years’ experience in both real estate brokerage and real estate law. More recently, Bob has been an active thought leader and advocate for green building and sustainability throughout Southeast Michigan for almost ten years. Bob’s broad entrepreneurial legal and real estate experiences include: establishing and managing a successful law firm, creating and running a commercial property tax consulting business and Director of Green Brokerage for a boutique real estate firm in Metropolitan Detroit. Over the last eight years, Bob co-founded the commercial real estate committee, Detroit Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (usgbc) where he has been a guiding force in programming, fundraising, strategic development, community outreach and advisor to various Boards of Directors. Bob has been an At-Large member of the Board of Directors and continues to play an active role on the Board.
Robert’s passion for sustainability, economic development and adaptive re-use of metro Detroit’s aged building stock places him at the crossroads of Southeast Michigan’s rebirth through implementation of PACE financing to jump start community development and re-development. Bob has been involved in the planning stages of numerous development projects who have an interest in saving energy and water through building design and controls. Bob was an early supporter and advocate of PACE financing when the law first passed in late 2010, having published articles, blogs and spoken on the topic in front of various legal, business, community and real estate audiences. As a PACE Equity market leader for Michigan, Bob can now bring the advantages of Pace financing to help his own community and others in Michigan recover and become vibrant again. Robert holds a BA from Michigan State University, a JD from the Detroit College of Law,
an LLM in Tax Law from the Wayne State University Law School and certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP BD&C (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Building Design & Construction).
Robert Mattler can be reached at Armada Real Estate (248) 855-1221 or via e-mail at: OR

Treger Strasberg CEO – Humble Design
Treger Strasberg Treger moved to Michigan in 2008 with her husband Rob and her two children Henson and Tuesday. Treger co-founded Humble Design in 2009, a Detroit based non-profit organization helping families transitioning out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services. She turns their empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home. It’s a very simple idea that can change a family’s future. Humble Design services three families a week and is striving to help all who need them. Over the last seven years, they have fully furnished close to 700 homes in Detroit.
She sits on the board at Temple Beth El, Detroit Garment Guild, The Organization for Bat Conservation, the Development Committee at the Detroit Zoo, is an Executive Committee Member of Michigan Democratic Party and a Council Member of Senator Stabenow’s Leadership Council.
She has been awarded the TCH Diversity Award, the Lighthouse Salute America, the TBE Mitzvah Model, the Optimist Club’s Ruby Award, the Girl Scout of America’s One Tough Cookie Award, Make your Marc award by Marc Fisher, and Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40. Her company has been featured on Upworthy, Ford Go Further, the Meredith Vieira Show, Mitch Albom’s Heart of Detroit, Motor City Rising, the Radiant Project and many others.
Treger Strasberg can be reached via e-mail at:

Jennifer Young representing
Jennifer Young Jennifer is an Independent Contractor working with the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, where she helps cities collaborate and save energy and money. She has managed dozens of efficiency and renewable projects for communities, including Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants and Michigan Public Service Commission projects. She helped to convene the Southeast Michigan Street Lighting Consortium, which aims to convert all municipal streetlights to LEDs across metro Detroit by 2020. Prior to joining the Regional Energy Office, Jennifer earned a Master of Science from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in Resource Policy and Behavior.
Jennifer Young can be reached via e-mail at:

Dann Holmes NSF International, Business Development Manager
Dan Holmes Dann is a Business Development Manager at NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI focusing on Research & Development of plastic pipe, resins, and their ingredients. He is also involved in three new programs including Building Water Health, Cooling Towers, and Biofilm. Previously he worked as a Business Unit Manager in the Water Divisions’ Mechanical Plumbing Program. Prior to NSF, he spent nearly 11 years as District Manager for Viega, LLC. He has been involved in the Plumbing and Mechanical industry since 1987. He is the Affiliate Liaison in ASPE Region 2 and writes monthly newsletter articles for publication by Region 2 Chapters. He also holds a Director position on the ASPE Eastern Michigan Chapter Board and the role of Vice President on the ASSE Michigan Chapter Board. In addition, he is a member of ASHRAE, and ASHE.
He is involved in the Code Study and Development Group of Southeastern Michigan, a group of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to review proposed code changes. He regularly presents CEU classes to plumbing and mechanical inspectors, engineers as well as plumbing and mechanical professionals.
Dann Holmes can be reached via e-mail at:

Madonna Van Fossen Oakland County Ombudsman for SMART, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation.
Madonna Fossen As an Ombudsman for SMART Madonna is the liaison/resource to communities, organizations, governmental agencies and individuals within Oakland County regarding regional transportation services provided by SMART.
Other activities and interests include:

  • Troy Medi-Go Board of Directors
  • Member of the Oakland County Business Roundtable Economic Development Committee
  • Member of the Oakland County Business Roundtable Transportation Committee
  • Member of the Oakland County Homeless Healthcare Coalition Transportation Taskforce Committee

Madonna Van Fossen can be reached via e-mail at: EMAIL

Steve Kaplan Prosecutor, West Bloomfield Township Supervisor
Steve Kaplan Bio coming soon…
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Alvin Tessmer Technology Education professor
Alvin Tessmer Alvin Tessmer, presently a full time adjunct Technology Education professor at Eastern Michigan University, is a 38 year veteran of public school education and concurrently, an eighteen year college instructor. A science, math and vocational technology instructor and a graduate of the Washtenaw Leadership Academy, he also served as an assistant principal and interim principal at the K-12 level. Additionally, he has served as science department chair, athletic director and school improvement team member. During his teaching career, he coached 38 seasons in football, wrestling, softball and basketball.
After retiring in August of 2002 from the Ann Arbor Schools, he spent two years at the University of Michigan as Educational Outreach Coordinator of the Wireless Integrated Microsystems Engineering Center. Currently, besides a faculty member, for five years he was Eastern Michigan Universities’ Field Coordinator for Project Lead The Way, a program aimed at increasing the number of high school youth who select science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as careers. When he left in 2014 he had built a network of 126 schools who were using PLTW materials and STEM approach. He also served as coordinator for STEM Assessment in that network. Currently he is a member of the Simulation, Animation and Gaming Program, specializing in those areas for teachers and STEM assessment.
Mr. Tessmer has been honored with the State of Michigan “Can Do” Technology Award and with a “Distinguished Teacher” award in the Ann Arbor Schools. He was a candidate for the Challenger Mission in 1986, has served as an Aerospace Ambassador Teacher Cosmonaut to Soviet Russia and has held various consulting positions at Ford Motor of Dearborn and at Avis Inc. in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Tessmer is an avid hiker, trail biker, father, and grandfather. He holds a degree in Science and Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from Wayne State University, an additional major in Technology Education from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus in Vocational Education also from Eastern Michigan University and a major in Electronic Engineering Technology from Henry Ford Community College and National Institute
of Technology in Livonia, Michigan. In his “next career” he hopes to help STEM education rethink itself and, as well, finish an Ed.D.
Alvin Tessmer can be reached via e-mail at:

Gloria Kruger Global Translator & Hospitality for Synergy Leaders
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Gavin Brown Executive Director Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association
Gavin Brown is recognized as the leading driving force for converting Michigan based companies from automotive to aerospace and providing aerospace companies alternative sourcing for their part procurement in commercial, general aviation, rotor and defense.In 2007, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) was officially put into place by becoming a fully fledged association with an active membership. The initial membership consisted of 13 Michigan based manufacturing companies.Since then, Gavin Brown, as the executive director, has worked to promote Michigan based manufactures and procured contracts to members diversifying into aerospace. The growth of MAMA to over 30 companies continues to increase MAMA presence as an international aerospace component supplier. OEMs, primes and sub component aerospace suppliers are all receiving parts manufactured in Michigan by MAMA members.
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Todd Gulich Non-Profit/GREAT Foundation
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Joe Kent Finance/Candidate for State Rep.
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Klint Kesto State Rep./Candidate for Senate
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Kathy Ossian Attorney, Counselor at law, representing
_ Kathy Ossian is one of’s attorneys and counselors at law. Kathy is Founder and CEO of Ossian Law, P.C., a firm focused exclusively on Information Technology Law. Kathy is a former Senior Principal at Miller Canfield where she headed up the firm’s Information Technology & Cyberlaw Section. Kathy has almost 30 years of legal experience and over 16 years of Information Technology law expertise.Kathy is an Advanced Certified Faculty Member at University of Phoenix where she teaches graduate and undergraduate business law courses. A long time Best Lawyer in America and Michigan Super Lawyer in information technology law, Kathy is a frequent author and speaker on the information technology law topics of the day.

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Jordan Larson Non-Profit/GREAT Foundation
Jordan has been fascinated by the intersection of economics and the environment since he took his first economics class in high school. Studying Ecological Economics in college gave Jordan the background and framework to understand and communicate this complex intersection, out of which grew his passion for energy research and energy sustainability. Looking toward the future, Jordan will be applying this fall to University of Michigan in hopes of pursuing a dual Masters degree with the School of Natural Resources and the Ross School of Business. After completing his Masters, Jordan hopes to begin a career in ESG (Environmental, Social, Governmental) investing as a sustainability analyst.
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Blaine has been spending the past year working on infrastructure projects, include water, sewer, and roads. The City has received a $6 million low-interest loan for sewer projects. In 2017, the City applied for a $6 million low-interest loan for drinking water projects and should find out this fall if Rochester is awarded this loan. As for roads, the City is dedicating 0.75 of a mill towards road projects.

Infrastructure, cooperation, planning for the future, human resources

Blaine Wing is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration. He has worked in local government for almost 20 years and is currently the City Manager for the City of Rochester, Michigan.

Blaine Wing can be reached via e-mail at: EMAIL

Bryant W. Holt Deputy Director – Planning; Wayne County Airport Authority
Mr. Bryant W. Holt has over 25 years of leadership experience in strategic planning, quality assurance, and project management.

Mr. Holt earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Science degree in Land Planning + Design from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Professional Association of Landscape Designers. He is a certified member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives. He completed professional development programs as a Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) with DuPont and Portfolio Project Management (PPM) with Sears Holdings Corporation.

In April 2015, Mr. Holt served as a consultant to the Wayne County Airport Authority Technology Services department as a Line of Business Manager for the executive officers where he successfully developed new processes and completed many senior level projects related to airfield operations, procurement, risk management, finance, human resources and strategy management. In October 2015, he became part of the Airport Authority’s management team where he heads the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Master Plan.

Before joining the Airport Authority, Mr. Holt worked for several multinational corporations where he led teams and managed intellectual properties in research and development, manufacturing, supply change management and process engineering in North America, China, Brazil, and Belgium. He was a principal consultant serving clients in New York and New Jersey in new product development and continuous improvement initiatives.

Mr. Holt has a long history of public service from helping the homeless and other social causes to elected positions dating back to 1996 where served as Frenchtown Woods Civic Association President in Newark, Delaware for three terms. In February 2013, elected to the Hudson County District 4 as Ward E Committee Chair. He also served as Commissioner of the Environmental Commission for the City of Jersey City, New Jersey to provide governance in the citywide planning of sustainability initiatives including brownfield redevelopment and zoning ordinances.

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