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Staff

  • 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 the business world, he managed General Motors’ 400 million square foot global real estate portfolio and was the CAO at Bank of America’s credit card subsidiary.

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  • Kelly Chesney
    Vice President of Marketing & 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.

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  • Dawn Harding
    Administrative Assistant for Administration, Communications, Government Affairs & Public Policy

    Dawn Harding serves as Administrative Assistant for Administration, Communications, Government Affairs and Public Policy. She assists with special projects and provides administrative support to the Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development.

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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.

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  • Courtney Masiarczyk
    Manager of Administration & Outreach

    Courtney Masiarczyk, Manager of Administration & Outreach for Business Leaders for Michigan, is responsible for managing events and special projects. Courtney also assists with board-related activities, outreach efforts and various day-to-day organizational functions.

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  • Jen Nelson
    Vice President, Public Policy & 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.

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  • Amy Novak
    Executive Assistant

    Amy Novak serves as the executive assistant for Business Leaders for Michigan. Amy provides support to the President & Chief Executive Officer and to the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this role, she was Special Assistant for Projects and Outreach for BLM, where she provided administrative support to BLM’s communications, government affairs, administrative and public policy staff.

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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.

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