Paul Traub

Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago — Detroit Branch

traub, paulPaul Traub is senior business economist at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where his responsibilities include both research and current analysis. Prior to joining the bank, Traub was president of Scenario Economics LLC and senior economist for Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company, LLC (ACT Research). In addition, he was a corporate economist for FCA US LLC (formally Chrysler Group LLC) for 17 years, where he was responsible for tracking the economy and forecasting its impact on North American automotive sales; supporting new product development; and communicating with automotive dealers and numerous professional organizations.

Laura Trudeau

Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation

Trudeau, Laura-editLaura Trudeau is managing director of the Community Development and Detroit programs at The Kresge Foundation. In this role, she manages Re-Imagining Detroit, the Foundation’s nine-point framework to reverse decades of disinvestment in Detroit and reposition the city as a model for revitalization. Nationally, Trudeau works with community development grantmakers to identify initiatives for the redevelopment of older industrial cities and to build bridges between Detroit and other urban communities to encourage the sharing of information and strategies. Trudeau serves on the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s advisory board and the Living Cities program committee.

Camille Walker-Banks

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Wayne State University

WalkerBanks_CamilleCamille Walker-Banks is executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University. In this role, she is an advisor to small and large businesses, specializing in business development and project management. A dedicated economic development professional, Walker-Banks implemented key state and local initiatives around economic development and community revitalization resulting in over $4 billion in new capital investment and over 5,000 new jobs in metro Detroit. Her career in finance and marketing spans Fortune 500 firms, nonprofits and local and state government.

Eric Williams

Director, Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law, Wayne State University

Williams, Eric-editEric Williams is director of the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law at Wayne State University. He previously served as a legal consultant at Labaton Sucharow LLP, business litigation associate at Nixon Peabody LLP, and as a managing partner in the law office of Coleman and Williams. Williams is a former director of development at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island and senior program developer at Focus: HOPE in Detroit.

Tahirih Ziegler

Executive Director, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Ziegler, Tahirih-croppedTahirih Ziegler is executive director of the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she directs LISC’s investments and implements the Building Sustainable Communities placed-based model to revitalize Detroit’s neighborhoods. Since 2010, Ziegler has facilitated LISC’s investment of over $40 million in grants, loans and national resources into Detroit. Her innovative leadership has resulted in the support and investment of hundreds of affordable housing units and commercial space development.

Prior to joining the Detroit LISC office, Ziegler served as executive director of the Michigan LISC office for four years and was responsible for neighborhood investment in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Flint.

Chamber opens registration for 2015 policy conference

From: The Detroit Free Press

By John Gallagher

November 26, 2014

The 2015 Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference on Mackinac Island will focus on talent development, urban revitalization, and regional cohesion.

Registration is now open for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Held each year at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the chamber’s signature event brings together nationally known speakers and business, political, and civic leaders to discuss issues of statewide importance.

The 2015 conference will be held from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29. The chamber said its 2015 conference agenda will focus on talent, urban revitalization, and regional cohesion, issues that it described as “three key catalysts necessary to ensure Michigan’s dynamic and geometric economic growth.”

For registrations and for more information on the conference, visit the website

November 25: Registration Open for 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference; L. Brooks Patterson Highlights Oakland County Growth at Networking Event

Registration Open for 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

Registration for the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature event that brings together nationally-renowned speakers and thought leaders on Michigan’s Center Stage, is now open.

The Conference will be held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29. This year’s Conference will drive statewide dialogue on talent, urban revitalization and cohesion, three key catalysts necessary to ensure Michigan’s dynamic and geometric economic growth.

Visit the Conference website for upcoming speaker updates, agenda and program announcements.

L. Brooks Patterson Highlights Oakland County Growth at Networking Event

Over 120 participants braved snowy streets to join Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at Meadow Brook Hall last week to hear updates from the region’s most colorful county executive during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s second annual Networking Reception featuring the Big Four regional leaders.

In a positive sign of the region’s comeback, Patterson said investment in Oakland County’s business infrastructure is growing, and the county received six awards, including the Public Community Health Achievement Award for reducing infant mortality rates in Pontiac in 2014. Patterson also praised Oakland Community College’s partnership with Automation Alley to invest resources in college courses in order to fill high-demand software programming and web development jobs in Michigan.

The Chamber will host a Networking Reception with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel in April. Program details and the event location will be released at a later date.

Businesses Receive Star Treatment in Chamber’s Gift Detroit Video

As the holiday season draws near, the Detroit Regional Chamber is giving Metro Detroit businesses a boost by reminding its members about the importance of shopping local. The Chamber recently contracted with Gold member Zara Creative in Troy to produce a branding video for its Gift Detroit program.

Gift Detroit allows Chamber members to purchase gift certificates that can be redeemed at local businesses participating in the program. The video features the bakery Avalon International Breads LLC; Hugh, a home goods store; and Thrift on the Avenue, an upscale clothing boutique reseller. It will be used to promote the Gift Detroit program as a community initiative among potential investors, showcase Detroit’s developing retail space and market Michigan-made products to build stronger relationships and collaboration among merchants in the city. Click here to watch the video. For more information on becoming a Gift Detroit merchant, or for a list of participating merchants, click here.

Score Free Gifts with Your Chamber Membership, Dec. 2

The Detroit Regional Chamber is celebrating its members during its inaugural Member Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Throughout the day, post a picture of your Chamber member plaque on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag the Chamber on its respective handle. Be sure to make the post fun or include a clever caption. The most creative submissions will win great prizes every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prizes include two registrations to the 2015 Detroit Policy Conference; lunch with a Chamber executive at the Detroit Athletic Club; and a half page ad in the February edition of the Detroiter magazine. For more details and examples, visit the Chamber’s website. For more information about Member Appreciation Day, contact Lori Shiels.

Chamber Closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Chamber will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 1.

Celebrating Detroit Gratitude This Thanksgiving

From: Huffington Post Detroit

By: Patrick O’Connor 

November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving seems to be falling in a greater circle of tumult than others, making it hard to appreciate all the good that’s happened, when world events suggest there is so much more good that needs to be done. That said, hope is the seed of possibilities that ultimately bears fruit and changes lives, so here’s my gratitude list for Thanksgiving 2014.

1. I’m glad my city gets a new chance. Last year, Detroit’s future was clouded by mega creditors who weren’t giving an inch, pensioners who were looking at getting nothing for 30 years of labor, and a Detroit Institute of Arts with a ‘For Sale’ sign on it. Bankruptcy isn’t over yet, but the new birth of the city that arises from the ashes is now a matter of steps away, not a matter of chance — and it leaves money for streetlights, road repair and more.

2. I’m glad that chance isn’t a free ride. Detroit’s financial downfall was created in part by dwindling population and a bad economy, but better leadership at all levels could have steered us to safer shores in the first place. The settlement eases our fiscal responsibility, but not our ability to lead; it’s time to let go of the politics of the past and shape policies that are about us, and not just our own.

3. I’m glad college is free for Detroit high school graduates. It’s been two years since the Detroit Regional Chamber first offered to pay for the first two years of college for any Detroit resident who graduated from any Detroit high school. Thousands of students have taken advantage of this incredible opportunity, but thousands more could. Let’s hope the Chamber keeps this program alive, and that every Detroit student that wants technical training or a college education applies to the program.

4. I’m glad Midtown is a place to be. The growth and renewal of this vital part of Detroit has been ongoing, but this is the first year I remember dozens of my students making Midtown the place they work or live. Here’s to greater growth in all parts of the city.

5. I’m glad the Tigers made the playoffs again. It’s true they didn’t stay long, and winning the Central Division by 12 games would have been better, but their style of play made us all pay attention.

6. I’m glad Detroit has two more Freedom honorees. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian award, and only about 10 are given every year. Stevie Wonder may have been born in Saginaw, and John Dingell may represent citizens west of the city, but their work has done Detroit proud, as did their recognition at the White House recently.

7. I’m glad Gordie Howe is still with us. Hockey isn’t everyone’s sport, but when you consider that Gordie Howe’s professional career spanned five different decades, you can’t help but offer respect. His recovery in Houston is tenuous, but you don’t play hockey for over 40 years without a few miracles coming your way. Here’s to one more.

8. I’m glad Detroiters care for each other. In addition to the Chamber’s offer for free college, there are huge food banks that feed the hungry and places like Alternatives for Girls that offer young people a better life than the one they would find on the streets. The visionaries who lead these efforts understand that unless everyone makes progress, no one does; we owe them more than money, but donations would surely help.

9. I’m glad we’re playing the Bears Thursday. The last two Lions games show we aren’t among the league’s elite, but Thursday’s game gives us a chance to show the lessons we’ve learned from being schooled the last two Sundays. Let’s hope we get an A, and make the playoffs.

10. I’m glad to call myself a Detroiter. Born in the city and raised by two parents who were lifelong residents, I had the good fortune of being raised in a neighborhood where your kid was everybody’s kid, and the only time you bragged about anything was when you drove a new car home you paid cash for. A strong work ethic and keeping an eye out for one another are the foundation of a good life, and I’m grateful the city gave me both.


WIXOM, Mich. – Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced its Board of Directors has elected John Willems, principal of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C law firm in Detroit as its chair and Joseph L. Voss, senior counsel for Clark Hill in Grand Rapids, as first vice chair. Additionally, George K. Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich. was elected to join the Board of Directors.

Creative Many Michigan Board of Directors members are active in public policy, business, cultural organizations, creative industries, civic affairs, higher education, the legal profession and nonprofit work and serve a maximum of three three-year terms. The Board meets quarterly and works collaboratively to guide the organization in its statewide efforts as an economic development advocate for arts, culture and creative and design industries in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

John Willems
John Willems is a labor and employment lawyer in Miller Canfield’s pre-eminent Labor and Employment Group. He specializes in complex employment and class action litigation, collective bargaining, contract and interest litigation, as well as administrative proceedings before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

As part of his commitment to supporting the arts in Michigan, Willems has frequently advised and represented, often pro bono or for minimal fees, local recording artists and record labels, musicians, producers, filmmakers, visual artists and dancers on career and legal issues. An artist and musician himself, Willems has been actively engaged in the Advisory Council working with Creative Many to launch the Lawyers for the Creative Economy initiative in 2013, a program now actively connecting artists and creatives to critical legal counsel and resources.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University and his bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Portland, Ore.

Joseph L. Voss
Joseph L. Voss represents financing and producing parties for film, television and online media productions as practice leader of Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team. He provides production legal services to independent producers, as well as general corporate representation to companies in the film, television, digital media and music industries.

Voss is Chair of the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section (ACES) of the State Bar of Michigan, a member of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee of Creative Many Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy program.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College.

Mayor George Heartwell
Now serving his third term, Mayor George Heartwell took office on January 1, 2004. During his tenure, the City of Grand Rapids has implemented a variety of environmental measures, including purchase of renewable resources energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures.

Under his leadership, Grand Rapids has been widely recognized as one of the most sustainable cities in the country, earning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” award in 2010 and a first place Climate Protection Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2012. Heartwell is a strong champion for the powerful role of the arts and creativity in building vibrant communities as evidenced by his leadership in ensuring the growth and prosperity of Grand Rapids’ diverse arts and cultural community and community-wide initiatives such as ArtPrize.

Heartwell earned his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and masters of divinity from Western Theological Seminary.

Members comprising the Board Officers for Creative Many’s 2014-15 fiscal year are Joan Krause of Grand Rapids, past president; David Mix of Grand Rapids, secretary; and Deborah Pfliegel of Bingham Farms, treasurer and co-vice chair – Administration/ Finance.

About Creative Many Michigan
Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is a statewide economic development organization focused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, research/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Contact Creative Many Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit

Butzel Long attorney Efe Poturoglu discusses President Obama’s executive action on immigration on Voice of America; interview also broadcast on national Turkish television station

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efe Poturoglu, an attorney and shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C. office, was interviewed by Voice of America regarding President Barack Obama’s anticipated executive action on immigration. The interview aired on November 14, 2014 and also was broadcast on a national Turkish TV station, TGRT.

Poturoglu, regularly appears as a legal expert on the Turkish-American Television and various National Turkish TV stations to comment on business and family immigration matters. In addition, he is frequently quoted in the U.S. and Turkish press regarding developments in immigration law.

He focuses his practice on business and family immigration matters, including all types of temporary visas (including H-1B specialty occupation and E-2 investor visas) and permanent residence (both family and employment-based green cards).

Poturoglu also provides legal advice and assistance to corporate clients with the transfer of business persons to the United States (including L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas) and development of corporate immigration policies and strategies.

Poturoglu handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters with a particular emphasis in business and commercial disputes. His business litigation experience encompasses such areas as: labor/employment, breach of contract, fraud and business torts.

He is a frequent speaker on business immigration to educational and business organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2013,

Poturoglu received the Power Player of the Year Award from Washington SmartCEO magazine in the category of Immigration Law.
Poturoglu received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003, where he was a member of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. He received his undergraduate degree in International Business from the University of Denver in 2000.
Poturoglu is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland. He also is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the nation’s leading immigration law association. He currently serves as the Washington, D.C. Liaison to the Turkish Resource Center of North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business, educational and cultural collaboration between Turkey and North America. Poturoglu is fluent in French and Turkish.
About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting