DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER ANNOUNCES JOSEPH L. WELCH AS 2013 MACKINAC POLICY CONFERENCE CHAIR

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 30, 2012 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO, ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) as Chair of the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. Welch will succeed 2012 Conference Chair Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, and help lead the Chamber’s efforts in planning and hosting the 2013 Conference.         

“Nancy Schlichting did a tremendous job this year; I’m looking forward to building on that momentum and once again bringing one of the nation’s premier public-policy events to Mackinac Island,” Welch said. “The Mackinac Policy Conference continues to evolve into a statewide conversation that helps foster a more globally and fiscally competitive Michigan.”

Welch founded ITC in 2003 and has grown it into the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company.  He is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of ITC and its subsidiaries across seven states.  Headquartered in Novi, ITC invests in the high voltage power grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems.“

Joe Welch is a great advocate for Michigan and is truly committed to helping the state succeed in the 21st century global market,” Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah said. “At ITC, Joe leads a major business with a multi-regional footprint. This experience will be critical as the Chamber continues to focus on positioning Southeast Michigan in the global marketplace and executing our new ‘Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign.’”

Following the announcement of Welch as Conference Chair, Baruah released the dates for the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will take place from Wednesday, May 29 to Friday, May 31, 2013.

“We’re shifting the dates back to the Wednesday through Friday format to help better accommodate the state legislators and help ensure they can be a part of the conversation,” Baruah said. “Moving forward, the Detroit Regional Chamber remains fully committed to the Belle Isle Grand Prix and we look forward to continuing to work with Roger Penske and General Motors to ensure both events are a success.”

About the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual event founded in 1981 – brings together top leadership in business and government to re-energize Michigan.  Approximately 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 

About the Detroit Regional Chamber 
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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