Thursday, September 27, 2012

Will You Meet the Next Mayor of Detroit at the MSU Broad Executive Forum?

  Plante Moran CRESA to serve as Premier Sponsor for 47th annual Michigan State University Broad Executive Forum on October 23rd
  SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – September 27, 2012 –Plante Moran CRESA, a fully integrated independent real estate transaction and consulting firm, announced it will be the premier sponsor of the 47th annual Michigan State University Broad Executive Forum to be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at Compuware Headquarters in Detroit. This is the third year Plante Moran CRESA is serving as a sponsor of the event, which attracts Southeast Michigan business leaders for education and networking. This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Duggan, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center.

The 2012 Broad Executive Forum is presented by the Michigan State University Broad College of Business and the MSU College of Engineering, with volunteer leadership from the Broad Executive Forum Board of Directors, which is comprised of alumni members from Southeast Michigan businesses, including Plante Moran CRESA. The theme of this year’s Forum is transformation and transition, with Mr. Duggan speaking about the Detroit Medical Center’s journey before, during and after its purchase by Vanguard Health System. Additionally, a panel of area business leaders will discuss transformation and transition as it relates to business leadership, managing change and finding new opportunities to maximize the assets of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Panelists are:

·         Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
·         Jim Manley, Managing Director of the new Broad College Demmer Center for Business Transformation
·         Frank Venegas, Chairman and CEO, The Ideal Group
·         David Blaskiewicz (MSU alum), President, Invest Detroit and President and CEO, Downtown Detroit Partnership
·         Beth Chappell (MSU alum), President of the Detroit Economic Club, will serve as moderator.

Bill Lichwalla, CPA, President of Plante Moran CRESA and an MSU alum, is pleased to have the company again serve as premier sponsor.  

“Plante Moran CRESA is honored to support the Broad Executive Forum’s tradition of bringing business leaders and University supporters together to gain insights on the region’s timely economic issues,” said Lichwalla.

Details on 47th Annual Broad Executive Forum with Keynote Speaker Michael Duggan

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012; 3:30 p.m. check in; panel discussion at 4 p.m.; reception at 5:15 p.m.; program and keynote address at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Compuware Headquarters, 1 Campus Martius, Detroit 48226
Cost: $100 for individuals; $80 per person with purchase of five tickets or more; tickets include afternoon and evening program and reception with beer, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres
Registration: online at
Questions: Connie Lawson, MSU Broad College of Business, 517.432.7442 or

About the Broad Executive Forum
The Broad Executive Forum has been held annually since 1965 and features the nation’s top executives and entrepreneurs. Previous keynote speakers include: Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans and Companies; Steve Balmer, Microsoft; Robert Lutz, GM and Chrysler; Michael Dell, Dell Computers; John Chambers, Cisco Systems; Virginia Rometty, IBM; Owen Bieber, UAW; Peter Karmanos, Compuware; and Roger Penske, Penske Corporation.  Learn more at

About Plante Moran CRESA
Plante Moran CRESA is an independent commercial real estate transaction and consulting firm exclusively representing buyers and lessors in the delivery of fully integrated real estate services, including tenant representation, project management and strategic real estate consulting. Plante Moran CRESA’s multidisciplinary team provides unbiased advocacy to a distinguished list of clients seeking to uncover all of their options regarding project feasibility, asset positioning, capital markets, portfolio management, national site selection and incentives.  Plante Moran CRESA is affiliated with Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms.  Additionally, Plante Moran CRESA is a member of the cresa national and global tenant representation network of corporate real estate service providers. To learn more about Plante Moran CRESA, visit