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Doug Rothwell

President & CEO

Doug Rothwell has worked as an executive in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For the past decade, he’s led Business Leaders for Michigan – the state’s business roundtable.  He’s served four Governors, including as Delaware’s Chief of Staff, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and chair of Governor Rick Snyder’s transition team.  In…

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Kelly Chesney

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Kelly Chesney is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Business Leaders for Michigan. Her responsibilities include managing and facilitating media relations, as well as integrating marketing and communications strategies that support and advance the organization’s mission.  Prior to joining Business Leaders for Michigan, Kelly served as the Director of Communications for former Secretary of State…

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Sabrina Keeley

Chief Operating Officer

Sabrina Keeley is Chief Operating Officer for Business Leaders for Michigan, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization and overseeing the execution of the organization’s work plan. Her work includes managing economic development initiatives, major events and board member engagement.  Sabrina serves on the Detroit Creative Corridor Center governing board. Prior to her…

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Jen Nelson

Vice President, Public Policy and Economic Development.

Jen Nelson is Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development for Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM). She is responsible for managing BLM’s policy efforts in the areas of K-12 education and economic and workforce development. Prior to joining BLM, Jen served in several leadership roles at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), including Executive…

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Amy Novak

Special Assistant for Projects & Outreach

Amy Novak serves as Special Assistant for Projects and Outreach for Business Leaders for Michigan. She assists with special projects and provides administrative support to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy and Director of Administration & Outreach. Amy also helps prepare for the organization’s events, board…

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Tim Sowton

Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy

Tim Sowton is Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy for Business Leaders for Michigan and is responsible for policy advocacy, policy development, and supporting the organization’s economic development efforts. Prior to joining Business Leaders for Michigan, Tim was Regional Director of Government Relations for R. L. Polk & Co., based in Southfield, Michigan.  In…

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