2012-2013 Season

Making America Stronger

 Chip  McClure

Chip McClure
Managing Partner
Michigan Capital Partners

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The Honorable Randy  Richardville

The Honorable Randy Richardville
Senate Majority Leader
State of Michigan

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 Joe  Echevarria

Joe Echevarria
Deloitte LLP

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Join our distinguished panel of leaders, each with a unique perspective, as they create meaningful dialogue to address what is needed to strengthen America’s economy.

Topics will include:
• Lessons learned from the recession
• Trends in the marketplace
• How businesses and government can work together
• How innovation can spur growth
  • Meeting Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center


 Mark  Davidoff

Mark Davidoff Michigan Managing Partner
Deloitte LLP


 Doron  Levin

Doron Levin Author, Journalist and Contributor to


Speaker Biography

Chip McClure   
Charles G. “Chip” McClure is chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Meritor, Inc. He joined the company in 2004.

Prior to this position, McClure served as CEO, president and a member of the Board of Federal-Mogul Corp. McClure joined Federal-Mogul in 2001 as president, COO and a member of the Board.

Before joining Federal-Mogul, McClure served as president, CEO and a member of the Board of Detroit Diesel. He joined Detroit Diesel in 1997 after 14 years in a variety of management positions with Johnson Controls including vice president and managing director of the company’s European and South African operations during which time he was located in Dusseldorf, Germany. McClure later became president of the company’s Americas region.

He also previously held management positions at Hoover Universal and Ford as a heavy-duty truck sales engineer and field service engineer. From 1975 until 1979, McClure served as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer. McClure holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

He was named chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors for the 2011 program year. In this position, McClure led a charge to bring viability to U.S. manufacturing. In 2010, he was recognized as one of Northwood University’s six nationally known business leaders. In 2007, McClure was named “Legend CEO” by Automation Alley – a business technology consortium in southeastern Michigan, and was ranked as one of Detroit’s Most Powerful People in 2006 by Crain’s Detroit Business.

McClure is a member of the Business Roundtable, and is active on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), DTE Energy, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, R.L. Polk and Company, Business Leaders for Michigan, Horizons Upward Bound and Invest Detroit.

The Honorable Randy Richardville   
Randy Richardville was elected to the Michigan Senate in November, 2006. Upon re-election in 2010, he was selected as Senate Majority Leader by his fellow Republican caucus members.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Randy spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999-2004. He held a leadership position in the House in each of his terms - serving as the House Majority Floor Leader during his final term.

Throughout his years in the Legislature, Randy has been a leader in several areas - especially economic development, and veteran's and children's issues. Among his legislative accomplishments, he has passed laws to expand neighborhood enterprise zones; extend brownfield tax credits to clean-up industrial property; expand Smartzones; create training requirements for mortgage loan officers; expand state programs to help those facing foreclosures; and create a lead-free safe housing registry.

Prior to being elected to office, Randy worked in the business community - with 20 years experience in Fortune 500 companies. He served as the Economic Development Director for the Port & City of Monroe before being elected to the Senate.

Randy's work on behalf of Michigan citizens has earned him respect and recognition from all over the state. He was named legislator of the year by both the Deputy Sheriffs Association and Michigan Sheriff's Association. The Michigan Children's Trust Fund named Randy a "Champion for Children". In 2005, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) named Randy their "Conservation Legislator of the Year." Since being elected to the Senate he has been honored with awards from the Police Officer's Association of Michigan, Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union , the state YMCA boards, the Hemophilia Foundation, Michigan State Medical Society, and the Certified Public Accountants. Randy has also been honored by the American Legion and other veteran's organizations for his work on behalf of our men and women who served in the armed forces.

He has been active for years in several community organizations. Randy is a former member of the Monroe County Planning Commission and a former member of the Michigan Education Trust Fund Board of Directors and the Monroe Family YMCA Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners Board of Directors, Michigan Children's Trust Fund Board, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity Church Relations Committee, Education Foundation for Monroe Public Schools, the Monroe Senior Center Board of Directors, the Community Foundation of Monroe County, and the Bedford Business Association, and Saline Area, Manchester, Milan, Jackson and Monroe County Chambers of Commerce.

Randy was born and raised in Monroe County. He earned a degree in Finance from Albion College and later earned his Masters of Management from Aquinas College.

Joe Echevarria   
Joe Echevarria is CEO of Deloitte LLP. He joined the Deloitte U.S. Firms in 1978 and became an audit partner in 1988. Since that time, he has held a wide range of leadership positions, most recently U.S. Managing Partner – Operations. Before that, Echevarria served in a number of leadership roles such as Regional Managing Partner of the Southeast Audit Practice, Audit Partner in Charge of Florida, and Audit Partner in Charge of South Florida. He represents the organization’s commitment to leading the profession and setting the standard of audit excellence.

He was appointed U.S. Managing Partner – Operations in 2007; he was directly responsible for the management and operations of the U.S. Firms’ four business units, which deliver audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to Deloitte clients.

Echevarria has also led the firm’s Strategic Relationship Management program and led the enabling area of the firm, comprising Partner Services, Information Technology, Research & Innovation, Field Operations, Strategic Procurement, India Operations, Deloitte University, CFO Program, and Corporate Development.

His leadership responsibilities extend to approximately 50,000 professionals in nearly 90 U.S. cities and India. Echevarria chairs the U.S. Executive, is a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Executive and DTTL Board, and serves on the Americas Executive.

Like all Deloitte professionals, Joe’s work plays a crucial role in serving the investor public and protecting capital markets, while providing high quality service to our clients.

He actively serves some of the firm’s largest and most valued clients and is committed to delivering the insights clients need to address their most critical and complex business challenges.

He is also actively engaged on Capitol Hill as part of the Federal practice growth strategy, and has testified before numerous commissions and agencies.

Outside Deloitte, Joe balances career and family life with his wife, Ana, who is an IT consultant for Bacardi, and their three children. He is involved in community organizations, serving on the Orange Bowl Committee and as a corporate advisory board member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He was named Executive of the Year by that organization in 2007.

Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he serves on the University’s School of Business Administration Board of Overseers and is currently an Executive in Residence.