The Oakland County’s Business Roundtable Annual Meeting was held last week to discuss recommendations from its four committees: Economic Development, Quality of Life, Transportation and Workforce and Education; and to announce the addition of a fifth committee focused on millennials.
Patterson shared that this newest committee will focus on the millennials of Oakland County, to invest in their ideas and talents. “We felt it was time to focus on their issues so they can tell us…what’s of paramount importance to them,” Patterson said.
Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive and CIO of Oakland County added, “It’s a different look, a different perspective, and we want to be responsive to that. It pushed us to think about ‘are we addressing the next generation of leadership in Oakland County?’”
Guest speaker Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, stressed the importance of talent in his address. Bertolini said, “We run our business as if capital is the scarce resource, when the scarcest resource is talent. Invest in the people who believe in your long term goals, and you invest in the business fundamentals to grow your company.”
“This is the next generation in leadership,” Deputy County Executive Matt Gibb said. “We’ve got a good cross-section (of fields) and we want to have cross-generational membership.”
The millennial committee will be led by seven leaders who represent the 2012 through 2015 classes of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 program:
- Melody Arabo, a Walled Lake elementary school teacher and the 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year.
- Phil Castonia, Chief of Oakland County Parks Business Operations for Oakland County.
- Nirav Doshi, Managing Partner of Troy-based Complete Data Products Inc.
- Takisha Harper, Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management at Henry Ford- HAP.
- Megan Mahoney, Global Key Account Manager at BASF.
- Nadja Payok, Instructor at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast.
- Treger Strasberg, Founder and Chairman of Pontiac-based non-profit Humble Design.
“I’m optimistic when I see Millennials and our 40 Under 40,” Patterson said. “The best days in Oakland County are still to come.”
The Oakland County Business Roundtable committees have worked hard this year on recommendations and implementation of ideas. Of the recommendations brought to the Roundtable since its inception 23 years ago, 82% of those ideas have been implemented. The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is one notable idea that was created out to help the business owners and entrepreneurs of the county. Learn more about the work the committees are doing below.
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee promotes business, industry and commerce within the county, and is overseen by Mike Cooper, Harley Ellis Devereaux, and Russ Shelton, Shelton Buick and GMC.
Quality of Life Committee
The Quality of Life Committee explores the innovative ways to make Oakland County the premier place to live, work and raise a family. The committee is headed by Jennifer Radcliff, Preservation Advantage, and Jerry Dettloff, Downtown Management Strategies.
The Transportation Committee examines transportation issues and identify actions Oakland County can resolve or mitigate them. It is overseen by Alan Kiriluk, Kirco Development Corp, and Walter Alix, Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc.
Workforce Development and Education Committee
The Workforce and Education Committee examines and makes recommendations on issues that involve: employers, workers, students, training providers, and job seekers, including those who need retraining. The committee is headed by Terence Adderley and David Hay of Kelly Services Inc. Pete Rosenkrands from A.B. Heller spoke on behalf of the committee during the Roundtable.
Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson founded the Business Roundtable in 1993 so business and community leaders could engage with county government on issues that would enable them to prosper. The Roundtable is chaired by Stephanie Bergeron, President and CEO of Walsh College and Joseph Welch, Founder, President and CEO of ITC Holdings. The Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs coordinates the Roundtable year-round, led by Matt Gibb, Director Irene Spanos, Marketing & Communications Officer Steve Huber, along with other EDCA staff. Also in attendance were Oakland County Deputy County Executives, Elite 40 Under 40 alumni class members, roundtable committee members as well as business and community leaders. The event was held at Troy Marriott and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Their support, now eight consecutive years and running, makes it possible for News/Talk 760 WJR and morning host Paul W. Smith to originate their broadcast from the meeting.
Have an idea for Oakland County? Get involved by contacting the Oakland County Business Roundtable to find current opportunities for membership: email@example.com or Matt Gibb 248-975-9636.