Washtenaw Economic Club Announces Luncheon Speakers
Prominent economists and business executives will be the featured speakers for the Washtenaw Economic Club’s spring 2012 luncheon lecture series.
On Thursday, March 29, Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and George Fulton, U-M economist and researcher, will provide an economic outlook for Washtenaw County. The luncheon is sponsored by the AnnArbor.com Business Review.
At MEDC, Finney is responsible for enacting Gov. Rick Snyder’s economic development strategy. Prior to taking the helm at MEDC, he served as president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership advancing innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.
Fulton is director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics and a research professor at the university’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, where he is director of the Center for Labor Market Research. He has been forecasting economic and fiscal activity in Michigan annually for over three decades. Fulton also is co-director of a project to generate long-term economic and demographic projections for all of Michigan’s counties. He serves as a principal advisor to the university administration and to the state government on the economic situation in Michigan.
Former Auto Executive Bob Lutz Speaks in April
Automotive consultant, advisor, and best-selling author Bob Lutz will speak at the Monday, April 23, Washtenaw Economic Club luncheon.
Lutz is the former vice chair of General Motors Corp. He also has served in executive positions with Ford, Chrysler, and BMW, among others. Today he is head of the consulting firm Lutz Communications.
In his book “Guts,” Lutz reveals his unique brand of management and business philosophy that revolutionized Chrysler and much of the automotive industry. In “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters,” he shines a light on the shift in leadership philosophy that emphasized waste elimination and maximized profitability over creative leadership—a change that, according to Lutz, led to the industry’s downturn over the last several decades. He will sign copies of his books after the lecture.
The Washtenaw Economic Club luncheons will be held in the WCC Morris Lawrence building. Doors open at 11:30am, and attendees must be seated by 11:50am. Visit the Washtenaw Economic Club website for pricing and ticket availability.