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Martin French (President)

Martin French is Global Vice President,  Customer Group GM and European OEMs at Webasto Roof Systems.

In this position Martin has Global Customer P&L responsibility including Customer & Product Strategy, Business Development, Customer Engineering  and Program Management.

A high strategic and internationally experienced executive with a strong engineering background, Martin’s career has spanned 20+ years of Automotive OEM (Rover, Land Rover, BMW)  & Tier 1 Suppliers (Edscha & Webasto) in various high profile Leadership, Operational, strategic & global business development roles. Specializing in Operational Management and Turnaround, Strategic Planning & Business Development, Product Road Mapping & Emerging Markets, M&A and PMI Activities and Global Team Leadership and Development

Born and Educated in Oxford, United Kingdom, Martin has lived in Birmingham, MI with his wife Helen since 2012.

Blaire Miller (Vice President & Founding Director)

Ms. Blaire Miller, Partner/Co-Owner of The Hunter Group, Michigan's premier executive global search firm (www.huntergroup.com) and Podium Partners (www.corporatepodium.com), has helped establish more than 500 European-owned companies in North America in her former global banking, global cfo and cpa executive roles. She is currently co-owner of two executive and mid-level recruiting companies in Bloomfield Hills, MI, helping our clients attract the best talent for their North American growth strategies. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Office telephone: +1 248 645 1551.

 

Nick Stasevich (Chairperson)

Nicholas J. Stasevich is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1988), and Wayne State University (two B.A. degrees, with honors, 1985.) In 2002, he was appointed H.M. Consul-Honorary of the United Kingdom to the State of Michigan. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law).

Mr. Stasevich practices in the areas of international, corporate, antitrust, technology and e-commerce, and labor and employment law. He represents a broad range of companies with both domestic and multi-national operations in mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, joint ventures, employment matters, sales and distribution contracts, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - global corporate compliance, global export control compliance, and other matters. His clients include publicly traded and closely held companies in automotive, computer software and systems integration and numerous other industries. His experience also includes advising both U.S. and foreign-based companies in the establishment of operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

 

Rob Dutkiewicz (Treasurer)

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Rob joined Clayton & McKervey in 1988 and became president in 2016. He leads the firm, a team devoted to providing proactive and specialized knowledge on the domestic and international tax and accounting issues impacting foreign-owned companies. He’s made it a priority to understand the needs and priorities of business owners, both in the U.S. and abroad. As such, he works in close collaboration with domestic and European chambers of commerce, business associations, and economic developers dedicated to supporting business growth. These mutually rewarding relationships provide him with an opportunity to help business owners maximize their goals for expansion and profitability.

Paul Hoge (Secretary)

As a founding member and shareholder of Signature Associates, Paul has demonstrated his exceptional skill and ability in industrial real estate. He has earned top salesman for Signature Associates in 1991, 1992, 1994 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and in 2011 he was promoted to Vice President. Also in 2011, Paul received an award from SIOR for the second highest number of cooperative transactions between SIOR members in the nation. In 2012, Paul was inducted into the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor is given to only 55 inductees throughout 11 states each year.  

He has brokered a myriad of both complex and common transactions, ranging from leasing and sales to obtaining large land tracts for industrial parks. Paul specializes in Oakland and western Macomb Counties.

Professional Affiliations/Education: Secretary of Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Oakland County; Member of Society Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR), 20+ years; SIOR State Chapter President 1996; Business degree from University of Michigan; Past Trustee of University of Michigan Alumni Association - Greater Detroit; Past member of University of Michigan Business School’s Alumni Board of Governors

Client list: Brose, NA; Kirco - Manix Construction; Dürr; First Industrial REIT; Hi-Lex; Kemp & Company; MSX International; R. A. DeMattia Company; US Farathane

Christine Ellis (Events Chair)

Christine's career spans four continents and a broad range of experience in cross cultural marketing, exhibits and events.  Previously as a corporate marketing executive for Babcock international of London, she managed international projects throughout Europe, North America and South Africa.  In 1988, she emigrated to the USA and founded Facet international marketing.  Facet's customer base is global with 60% of its business directed to the export of its services.  Facet is an experienced supplier of international pavilions for the British consulate, Australian Trade Commission, Canadian Trade Commision and Government of India.  Facet has a respected client base of OEM and Tier One suppliers  in a wide variety of markets from  energy and the environment to food and manufacturing.  www.facetcompany.com 

Michael Waterson (Young Leaders Organization (YLO) Chair)

Michael Waterson, is the Vice President of Lumen North America, Inc. Lumen North America is relatively new company in the USA and is part of the larger Lumen Group of companies globally.

Lumen North America is targeting business growth with the vehicle manufacturers electrical and wiring accessories. Michael is responsible for the establishment of the North America infrastructure, P&L, recruitment and sales strategy.

Michael has 13 years experience with automotive design, manufacture and supply of parts in Australia, Japan and the United States of America. During Michael’s employment at he has had diverse experience as a Product engineer, Account Manager, Business Development Manager and now Vice President.

Michael has 5 years of experience as a sitting board member of South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA). Michael was responsible for the proposal and execution of SEMMA being involved in a Melbourne based Manufacturing exhibition as well as being a key link into young people within the manufacturing community.

Michael was born and bread in Melbourne, Australia and has a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) from the University of Melbourne. Currently he lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife Katerina.

JEREMY P. GODDARD

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Jeremy Goddard is a dual citizen of the United States and of the United Kingdom.  Born in Cambridge, he grew up in New Zealand and in England, and came to Williamsburg, Virginia and then Auburn, Alabama for his university education.

Mr. Goddard has since spent more than 35 years employed in a broad range of automotive businesses, and brings this experience to managing the North American operations for IDIADA Automotive Engineering, a global engineering-services company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.  He has worked in the past for both OE manufacturer (Chrysler) and Tier I suppliers (Visteon, Ricardo, Edscha, Porsche Engineering, IAV) and has sales and marketing experience honed in a broad variety of product technologies and engineering services.   

His engineering involvement has ranged from the kinematics of convertible-roof systems to the impact management of body structures, and from the dynamics of all-wheel-drive systems to the calibration of engine controls managing torque in the hybrid powertrain.  His early career in computerized diagnostic test equipment has proven vital in grasping the elegance and sophistication of modern controls applications.

Living and working in France, Germany and the UK have brought Mr. Goddard direct experience of the different approaches and demands of the business communities around the world.  His travels in South America and the Middle East have helped flesh out further an understanding of the cultural differences which influence both the market demands for a product and the varied ways of working together effectively to meet them.

His three grown children live in strategically interesting places – San Francisco, New York and Marseilles – which helps support a sustained passion for adventure travel.

David Grosan (Founding Director)

Mr. David Grosan is a Sales Account Executive with Delta Air Lines.  He has over 24 years of experience in commercial aviation, and has worked in Philadelphia, New York, Houston and Detroit. David specializes in international corporate travel sales to corporations and large Travel Management Companies, and he has extensive experience in transatlantic consultative selling with Fortune 500 companies.  David is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Business, and is also the architect behind the BABC of Michigan chapter’s eye-catching logo.

Michael Farley

Mike is a Vice President at RBS Citizens Bank, the US affiliate of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.  Mike has been a commercial banker in the Detroit area for over 30 years.  He currently focuses on structuring financing for mergers and acquisitions and has been able to leverage RBS UK resources for both US companies seeking UK investment and UK companies seeking a US presence.

Kevin Kerrigan

Kevin Kerrigan is the Senior Vice President, Automotive Office and the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

In this position Kevin’s primary focus is international business development for the MEDC’s Automotive Office. Working with the world’s automotive manufacturers he is promoting Michigan’s automotive industry, building and maintaining strong international client relationships, nurturing economic development and assisting foreign based companies who choose Michigan for their future expansion.

Kevin comes to state government with over 35 years of executive experience in the global automotive sector encompassing both technical and executive management in North America, Europe and Asia. Kevin led his own automotive design and engineering company for 20 years and has worked at an executive level for Tier 1 automotive suppliers. As a hands on executive Kevin has a proven track record of developing and growing companies within the automotive industry.

Prior positions Kevin had to joining MEDC include President of Eurotech Design, Inc. a Michigan based full service engineering organization, President of Adaptive Systems a turnkey robotic integration company. Chief Engineer at Tata Technologies and Principal Engineer for International Automotive Components based at their Advanced Development Center, Troy Michigan.

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Kevin has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1983. He is married with two children and currently resides in Waterford, MI.  

Kevin completed a full indentured British Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship in the UK.

Paul Mascarenas

Paul Mascarenas is a self-employed business advisor and private investor.  Formerly a corporate vice president and chief technical officer at Ford Motor Company, he now serves in a number of roles, including board level positions at ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ: ON) and Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT).  In addition, Paul is a special venture partner with the Detroit based strategic investment firm Fontinalis Partners, an investor and advisor to Michigan based start-up Innovative Exercise Solutions and is currently serving FISITA, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies as president for the 2014-2016 term.

Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King's College and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Chongqing University in China.  A dual UK/US citizen, he is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both SAE International and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In January 2015, he was appointed an OBE by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for his services to the automotive industry.  

Dave McShane

Dave McShane was born in the United Kingdom qualifying with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London.

Dave has a wide range of experience and knowledge in the automotive and renewable energy sectors working with companies such as Wavedriver Ltd, Capstone Turbine Corporation, Wellington Drive Technologies US Inc., & International Battery before joining Ricardo, Inc. in 2012 as Vice President of Business Development.

Key Achievements:

–  - Re-focused start-up lithium battery company on shortest path to commercialization based on smart grid leadership position in community energy storage renewables integration and micro-grid
–  - Developed market leadership and dominance position for a cleantech energy-efficient fractional horse power (fhp)  motor business with disruptive technology
–  -Won the largest orders for energy-efficient fhp motors (recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce)
 - Co- Founded an electrical vehicle systems company (Wavedriver Ltd.) as a joint venture with PowerGen plc 
 
Aurora Battaglia

Ms. Battaglia is Senior Vice President and Head of European Corporates and Financial Institutions for Comerica Bank.  With more than 22 years of corporate banking experience, she advises multinational companies on strategic and financing initiatives in North America, including structuring of debt and cash management solutions, and facilitating strategic alliances for companies seeking to invest in the US. 

In this position and with offices in Michigan, Texas and California, she is responsible for managing a team of multilingual/multicultural corporate loan officers focusing on business development, portfolio and risk management, and credit underwriting in relation to European companies with subsidiaries in North America.

Ms. Battaglia lived in Italy until 1987 and currently resides in Michigan. She holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.  She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States.  Ms. Battaglia is active in several professional and community organizations within the United States.

Nicole Thomson

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An Oakland County employee since 1996, Nicole is an experienced economic developer that has built strong working relationships with many public and private organizations throughout the State of Michigan. In her current role as a Senior Business Development Representative, she assists foreign owned firms by identifying programs and services to support the company’s continued growth. She works closely with the Business Development team to develop strategies to attract new business to Oakland County.  She specializes in working with European companies in the Automotive, Advanced Electronics, Aerospace and Life Science sectors. Nicole enjoys networking with professionals on a global scale to continue to build Michigan’s economy.

Nicole has an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy from Oakland University.  She is a graduate of Leadership Oakland XX.  A recipient of the L. Brooks Patterson Elite 40 Under 40 in 2013. She is a current Board Member of the Irish American Chamber of Commerce.  A former Board Member of the Baldwin Center located in the City of Pontiac.  

 

Justin Robinson