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Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Ryan Maibach as the 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. (May 29, 2019) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow, as Chair of the 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference. 2019 Conference Chair Patti Poppe, the president and CEO of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy, and incoming Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors made the announcement from the main stage at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“Ryan’s perspective as the leader of one of the nation’s, state’s, and Detroit region’s largest private companies will ensure the Conference tackles issues critical to Michigan’s continued sustainability and economic growth,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber.  “Following in the footsteps of his father, Ryan is an invaluable member of the Chamber Board, and we are grateful to have him chair the 2020 Conference.”

Maibach joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2012 and began serving on its Executive Committee in 2016. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Detroit Class XXXI. Since 2011, he has been the president and CEO of Barton Malow, a family-owned contractor established in 1924 and based in metro Detroit. It is the 7th largest private company in Southeast Michigan.

Barton Malow has a long history of being involved in impactful projects within the region including Little Caesars Arena, Shinola Hotel, Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s New Critical Care Tower, Holland Energy Park, The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, and the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center.  As one of the largest employers of skilled labor in the state of Michigan, Barton Malow plays an active role in growing the skilled trades and is committed to workforce development within the region.

“As Chair of the 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference, I am honored to continue the tradition of bringing together Michigan’s leaders to help shape our future,” Maibach said. “Our collective engagement is critical to drive our state forward in the areas of economic development and talent recruitment so that together, we can build a stronger Michigan.”

A fourth-generation builder, he is responsible for the operation of the company and its work throughout North America. Since becoming president, Maibach has worked to build a stronger Barton Malow. Along with his leadership team, Maibach is setting a clear direction and aligning resources to reach Barton Malow’s goal of doubling efficiency by the company’s 100th anniversary in 2024.

Planning for the 2020 Conference will begin this summer. Maibach, alongside an advisory committee of Michigan-based CEOs and Chamber leadership, will develop pillars and the agenda for next year’s event, which will be held from Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29 on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual statewide event – convenes Michigan’s most influential audience to engage in collaborative dialogue on the state’s economic future. Since 1981, the Conference has provided a unique-in-the-nation experience for Michigan’s top business, government, civic, philanthropic, and entrepreneurial leaders. As Michigan’s premier policy event, the Conference attracts more than 1,700 attendees annually to discuss key issues facing the state. The Conference concludes with an actionable To-Do List that transforms dialogue into positive outcomes to create a more business-friendly climate in Michigan. To learn more, visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

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