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Experienced Industry Leaders Headline Fall Economic Club Series

Wednesday, September 6, 2017  
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The Chamber's 2017 Fall Lansing Economic Club series will showcase leaders who have set the stage for economic growth and prosperity both locally and across the nation. This remainder of year’s incredible lineup includes: Tom Glick, chief commercial officer of City Football Group, Danton Cole, Michigan State University hockey coach and Ron Fournier, editor and publisher at Crain’s Detroit Business.

Thursday, September 14
Tom Glick, City Football Group

September’s Economic Club Luncheon will feature Chief Commercial Officer of City Football Group (CFG) Tom Glick all the way from Manchester, United Kingdom. City Football Group is a privately held holding company overseeing the creation and administration of a network of clubs and other football (soccer) operations in Manchester City. Prior to his position at CFG, Glick held a variety of sports-related positions between both the U.S. and the U.K. Glick served as the president of New York City Football Club (2015), chief commercial and operation officer of Manchester City Football Club (2012-2015), president and CEO of Derby County Football Club Ltd. (2008-2012), senior VP and CMO of the New Jersey Nets Basketball Club (2006-2007), VP of team marketing and business development for the National Basketball Association (2004-2005), and senior VP of sales and marketing for the Sacramento River Cats and Raley Field (2000-2004). Glick was even one of Lansing’s very own when he served as the Lansing Lugnuts’ general manager from ’96 to ’99, his final GM position. In 1995, Glick served as the business manager for Peoria Rivermen, an international hockey league, after a series of management and intern positions in minor league baseball. It is clear that since his graduation from Cornell University in 1990, Glick followed his fervor and left no stone unturned.

Click here to register. Sponsored by Dewpoint.

Thursday, October 19
Danton Cole, MSU Hockey Coach

Danton Cole was appointed head coach of the Michigan State University men’s hockey team in April 2017 after seven seasons of mentoring some of the nation’s top young players on the U-17 and U-18 teams for the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Cole guided Team USA to gold medals in 2012 and 2014, and to a bronze in 2016. Cole started coaching right after he retired from the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2000, becoming the team’s assistant for the remainder of the season before moving to the United Hockey League where he guided the Muskegon team to the playoffs. This kicked off his three years as head coach for the Griffins. In 2006, Cole accepted his first college-coaching job as an assistant at Bowling Green. An MSU alumnus, Cole played hockey all four seasons. The Spartans’ record for those four seasons was 131-44-8, winning an NCAA National Championship in 1986. Cole ended his MSU playing career with 69 goals and 94 assists. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Spartan Award.

Click here to register. Sponsored by Huntington National Bank.

Thursday, November 16
Celebration of Regional Growth

The annual Celebration of Regional Growth Awards will honor businesses for their new economic investment and job creation in the Greater Lansing region. Awards include an International Trade Award and the Emerging Economy Award, which recognizes a flourishing industry in the Lansing area.

Click here to register. Sponsored by Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. & PNC.

Tuesday, December 12
Ron Fournier, Crain’s Detroit Business

For the final luncheon of 2017, editor and publisher for Crain’s Detroit Business Ron Fournier will be the keynote speaker. As editor and publisher, Fournier is responsible for sales, audience development and editorial operations for Crain’s Detroit Business. Prior to Crain’s, Fournier built a 20-year career in Washington D.C. Fournier worked for the National Journal and The Atlantic as a nationally acclaimed political columnist and served as editor-in-chief for the National Journal for two years. Before his time with Atlantic Media Co., Fournier was the Washington bureau chief and veteran of The Associated Press.

Click here to register. Sponsored by Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC.

Ticket prices for the Economic Club luncheons are $40/member, $55/nonmember and $300/table of eight. All programs are from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, with networking and registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets include a plated lunch. To register for a luncheon, please visit or contact Travis Richardson at 517-853-6463 or

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