The Executive Speaker Series invites a panel of experts to discuss business and economic issues critical to Michigan-based businesses.

The series focuses on diverse topics, including changes in the business climate and future trends. The event provides a unique opportunity for networking and discussion among industry leaders, members of the business community, faculty and students.

Executive Speaker Series UM-Dearborn College of Business

November 29, 2018

Continuing Michigan’s Business Development
eCities 2018 Award Recognition and Panel Discussion

During what some have called the "lost decade" of 2000-2009, Michigan’s economy declined by 11%, while the U.S. economy grew by 12%. Since then, however, the state has had one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Much of the turnaround has occurred in southeastern Michigan, but metro areas in western and northern Michigan have made strides, as well. This year, eCities and the Executive Speaker Series will join together for a panel discussion on Michigan’s economic growth, including key areas such as capital, infrastructure, industry, and the ecosystem.

What plans and policies have promoted our state’s economic recovery? Who have been the major players? What factors have supported and impeded this economic growth? How has the expansion of a diverse portfolio of industries in Michigan affected the landscape? Do we have the skilled workforce required to continue this growth?

Meet the Panelists:

  • William Adams, Senior International Economist, PNC Financial Services Group

    William Adams is the Assistant Vice President and Senior International Economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. His responsibilities include forecasting economic conditions and exchange rates in Asia, Europe, Canada and Latin America. He serves as the principal spokesperson on global economic issues for PNC, and frequently presents to PNC clients on the international economic outlook. Before joining PNC, he served as Resident Economist for The Conference Board China Center.

  • Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director Michigan Venture Capital Association

    Maureen Miller Brosnan is the Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, where she oversees the organization’s strategy and creates awareness of Michigan venture capital firms and angel group activity. She has spent 27 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector, including government, trade associations, and the healthcare industry. She is currently a member of the Livonia City Council and the Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Mary Mercy Hospital.  

  • Kristina Kolbas, SVP Enterprise Services for Quicken Loans

    Kristina Kolbas is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Services on the Quicken Loans Technology Team. In her role, she leads IT teams to maximize efficiencies in architecture, project management, emerging technology and other areas. In her 16 years at Quicken Loans she has taken on roles within Business Intelligence, Mortgage Banking, Operations, Marketing and Recruiting, and she started the Project Management Office. She is also a member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.

  • Jeff Marston, V.P. of Business Services, Comcast Business, Heartland Region (Michigan, Indiana & Kentucky)

    Jeff Marston is the Vice President of Business Services for Comcast Business. He is responsible for creating strategies to grow the company’s presence in Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, including directing Small-to-Medium Business and Enterprise sales. During his eight-year history with Comcast, he has also held roles in Sales and Marketing and Product Sales and Operations. He was recognized by the John Maxwell Leadership Organization as one of the “Top 100 Leaders of 2016.”

Murray Feldman, host of the Feldman Report, WWJ Newsradio 950

Dr. Brian Patrick Green, Czarnecki Collegiate Professor, UM-Dearborn College of Business

7:30 am - Registration and networking breakfast
8:10 am - Welcome and panel discussion
9:30 am - Conclusion

Michigan Room, Fairlane Center South
University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

Free registration. Breakfast is included.

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