Member of the Month: Lucerne International Leading Voice Against Automotive Tariffs

Editor’s note: The Member of the Month highlights a Detroit Regional Chamber member company working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership and programs or support of policies that benefit the business community at-large.

In the wake of recent tariffs levied on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, Auburn Hills-based Lucerne International is leading the call to protect Michigan’s automotive industry by urging President Trump to reverse the current policy while educating lawmakers on the negative economic impact to the state’s supply chain.

In May, Lucerne President and CEO Mary Buchzeiger joined industry colleagues on Capitol Hill to testify against China tariffs and warned of the implications of a potential trade war. Since then, Buchzeiger has also appeared on NBC Nightly News and penned opinion columns in Crain’s Detroit Business and The Detroit News.

Read Buchzeiger’s message to Chamber members below:

As CEO of Lucerne, I am a proud member of the Detroit Regional Chamber and ambassador of Michigan’s manufacturing and automotive industry. Recently, this quiet work received a lot of public attention. In May, I testified before the U.S. Trade Representative’s Section 301 Committee, politely and respectfully informing the USTR and President Trump that the proposed policy would shutter my business and jeopardize the entire automotive supply chain.

The Washington trip turned into a whirlwind of media interviews, op-eds and conversations with government officials. The goal: promote policies that would help all Michigan manufacturing and automotive businesses – not just mine. I also expressed how hard it is for businesses to react to policy proposals that change every day and that offer short lead-times for implementation.

This experience inspired me to sign Gov. Snyder’s letter supporting civility in public discourse. The rhetoric that has been used, specifically regarding the proposed tariffs, and the speed at which the proposals and talking points change has been alarming.

As a representative of our business community, I am trying to do my part to remain civil and provide input. And I encourage you, as my colleagues, to join me. To continue to grow our businesses and invest in our community, we must make our voices heard.

— Mary Buchzeiger, CEO, Lucerne International


Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate Practice Ranked in the “2018 Best of the Best”

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm’s real estate practice has been ranked as the #3 real estate law group in the “2018 Best of the Best” report, published by Midwest Real Estate News. This is the fourth year in a row that Dickinson Wright has been among the top three law firms on the list.

Over 60 law firms in the Midwest participate in the annual report. The rankings are calculated based on the total dollar volume of transactions completed in 2017, according to Midwest Real Estate News.

Dickinson Wright’s real estate practice is sophisticated and varied. More than 80 lawyers are actively involved in real estate matters, regularly representing a wide variety of clients in all aspects of real estate investment, development and financing. Many of our clients have portfolios that span North America, and they rely on our significant experience in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province to help them maximize value and increase management efficiency. With offices throughout Michigan and in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, we serve clients wherever they need us.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Detroit Promise Provides More Than 600 Students with Tuition-Free College for 2018 School Year

By: Michael Lewis II

“Would I have attended college if I didn’t have the Detroit Promise? Probably not.”

Those were the words of Eastern Michigan University sophomore Raynisha Pannell during the program’s fifth annual Summer Social event held at Focus: HOPE last week. Pannell is one of more than 600 new students who will participate in the Detroit Promise this year.

Since the Detroit Regional Chamber began administering the program in 2013, more than 2,700 students have attended a two-year or four-year college or university tuition-free.

“The Detroit Promise isn’t like other scholarships,” Pannell said. “Other scholarships don’t have someone to work with you to make sure everything is right or provide networking events. That’s what I appreciate the most.”

The Detroit Promise team has made it a mission to provide more than just last-dollar financial assistance.

“The idea behind the Summer Social is to be able to meet with all of the students at one time and review all of the things they need to know to successfully enter college,” said Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent for the Chamber. “It’s also a chance for students to connect with people from the schools they’re going to, both the higher education partners and students.”

This enhanced summer engagement is part of a multipronged strategy known as the Detroit Promise Path. The strategy was developed in collaboration with the national MDRC education research organization and is designed to increase students’ academic outcomes. Other components include campus coaches who help students navigate academic and personal issues; monthly financial support contingent on meeting with coaches; and student monitoring throughout the year.

Jewel Wilson joined the Detroit Promise team as a full-time campus coach in June and said her experience as an intern inspired her to work with the Chamber.

“Now that I have the role of a campus coach, I talk to the students in depth every day and you quickly learn about all of the little reasons college would otherwise not be possible. That is why we go beyond just giving out scholarships; we want to help fix students’ problems if we can,” she said. “After working with the students, I saw the importance of the Detroit Promise.”

Handel echoed Wilson’s sentiment.

“Making sure tuition and fees are paid is only the beginning for most kids, especially those who are first generation college-bound,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure every student is connected with a success coach to help them with anything they need administratively.”

As a first-generation student, Pannell recognizes just how important that work is for many Detroiters.

“The biggest gap between other resources like the Promise is the connection to the student,” she said. “Being able to talk to them and break down exactly what’s going on is important, because most of us simply don’t know what we don’t know. That is not something anyone else has given me.”


Michael Lewis II is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Michigan association leaders to be inducted into 2018 Hall of Fame

Three Michigan association leaders will be inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ (MSAE) 2018 Hall of Fame in September.  William G. Sheffer, CAE, executive director, Michigan Manufactured Housing and RV & Campgrounds and Self-Storage Association (MMH & RVCA) of Okemos; Diane S. Banks, executive director, Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) of Bingham Farms; and Charles Hadden, CAE, president/CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) of Lansing, will be recognized for their career accomplishments in association leadership.

Sheffer has led MMH & RVCA since 2016 and was vice president of operations for Richfield Trailer Supply. He is nationally certified by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Banks has been at the helm of MGIA since 1989.  She also serves on the board of Great Lakes Stormwater Technology Transfer Collaborative, MIOSHA – Green Industry Alliance Committee and the Healthy Lawn Care Technical Committee.  She has been recognized with at least five separate awards since 2002 including the Key Award from MSAE in 2015.

Hadden has been president/CEO of MMA since 2008, and prior to that served as MMA’s vice president of governmental affairs and director of environmental and regulatory affairs for many years.  Hadden is nationally certified by ASAE.

MSAE will induct the three at its 17th annual Diamond Awards event Sept. 20 in Novi.

Diane Banks Charles Hadden William Sheffer

Based in East Lansing, MSAE is a professional organization of more than 1,600 members that works to advance knowledge in the association industry.

Tom Jordan

Morning Anchor, WWJ Newsradio 950 AM

Tom Jordan is the morning anchor for WWJ Newsradio 950 AM. He covers the morning drive newscasts with Roberta Jasina and anchors and reports a weekday segment, “Eye on Detroit” on CBS 62 in Detroit.

Prior to his time with WWJ, Jordan spent many years as TV news anchor and reporter at KUSI News in San Diego. Prior to that, he worked in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Washington state.

Jordan is the recipient of an award from the Associated Press and three Emmy Awards for anchoring coverage of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, and for coverage of wildfires that devastated a large portion of Southern California.

Dan Ngoyi

Director, Talent Acquisition, Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Dan Ngoyi is a director of talent acquisition for the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. In his role, he leads a team that works on identifying, interviewing and placing a diverse slate of candidates within Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies. He also oversees the Quicken Loans Family of Companies internship program, which hires over 1600 interns annually to live, work, and play across the country.

As a member of the Quicken Loans talent acquisition team, Ngoyi focuses on strategic recruiting efforts both internally and externally- with an emphasis on both college campuses and community organizations.

Ngoyi is a Detroit native who is excited about the opportunity that exists within the city. He is also an avid golfer and reader who cites Steve Jamison’s “Wooden on Leadership” as one of his favorite books.

Marcus Collins

Chief Consumer Connections Officer, Doner

Marcus Collins is the Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner, a full-serve advertising agency, and is a recipient of Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 (2016) and Crain’s Business Detroit’s 40 Under 40 (2016).

Previously, Collins led the social engagement practice at Translation, a New York advertising agency. There, Collins researched the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share in an effort to create successful marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of social media. His strategies and creative contributions contributed to the success of Budweiser’s “Made In America” music festival, the launch of Bud Light Platinum, the launch of the Brooklyn Nets (Hello Brooklyn!), and State Farm’s “Cliff Paul” campaign.

Collins is a faculty member at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, as a Teaching Excellence Award Winning and Golden Apple Award nominated lecturer of marketing. He has spoken at the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, C2 Montreal, SXSW, and TEDx.

Tammy Carnrike

Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Tammy J. Carnrike is the Chief Operating Officer at the Detroit Regional Chamber, a position she has held since August 2006. In this role, she has overall responsibility for signature events and programming including the Mackinac Policy Conference and high-profile convening, leadership development initiatives, development of middle market strategy and initiatives, corporate governance oversight, major investor relationships, day-to-day leadership in support of and in absence of President & CEO as well as national benchmarking.

Prior to the Detroit Regional Chamber, she was President and CEO of a Chamber in New York State with successful performance in managing a chamber, foundation, economic development corporation and industrial development agency. Highlights included leading a merger of the Chamber and multiple economic development organizations, securing significant transportation funding for highway improvements and establishing key community assets such as a daycare center, classic car museum and regional arts festival through the chamber’s foundation.

Lisa McLaughlin

CEO and Co-founder, Workit Health

Lisa McLaughlin is a social entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-founder of Workit Health, a telehealth addiction care company creating a home-based rehab program for drinking and drug use backed by the National Science Foundation. She also serves as a Desai Accelerator Mentor for early stage technology companies and as an advisor to a number of biotech startups.

Prior to her current position, McLaughlin was an Innovation Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information building social impact programs at the intersection of information science and social innovation. She developed one of the first social sector technology service models in the health informatics space and has facilitated a wide range of learning innovation labs for other foundations (Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation) and universities.

In 2017, McLaughlin was awarded the TechWeek Detroit Technology Woman of the Year award.

Howard & Howard Congratulates Our Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2019

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that twenty-nine of our attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice area(s) under which they are listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 are as follows:

West Allen, Trademark Law

Daniel H. Bliss, Patent Law and Trademark Law

Stephanie S. Buntin, Trademark Law

Seaton J. Curran, Patent Law

Thomas W. Davis II, Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Construction

Joseph J. DeVito, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

Trent K. English, Patent Law (Selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Patent Law)

Mark J. Gardberg, Real Estate Law

Lisa S. Gretchko, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Commercial Litigation

Andrew (Jake) Grove, Litigation – Intellectual Property

Robert W. Hernquist, Commercial Litigation

Kristopher K. Hulliberger, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law (Selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Patent)

Michael V. Kell, Commercial Litigation

Rodger A. Kershner, Energy Law

Jon D. Kreucher, Utilities Law

Matthew J. Kreutzer, Franchise Law

Henry P. Lee , Trusts and Estates

Michael R. Lied, Labor Law – Management

Miles T. Macik, Commercial Litigation

Patrick M. McCarthy, Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Intellectual Property

Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; and Patent Law

Saleha Mohamedulla, Trademark Law

Gwen Rutar Mullins, Construction Law

Brian J. Pezzillo, Construction Law

Brad A. Rayle, Labor Law – Management

Robert L. Rosenthal, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment

Leonard W. Sachs, Employment Law – Management

Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law

Jay Young, Arbitration

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at