ACG Detroit is pleased to present Scott Eisenberg with a Lifetime Achievement award for his role in growing and shaping the chapter through sustained active and meaningful participation, extraordinary leadership, and an outstanding example in the professional community.
Scott has been a member since 1989 and has served a number of rolls within the chapter including: program chair, membership chair, and treasurer as well chapter president. Scott also served on the national board.
Dear ACG Detroit Members:
It is difficult to believe, but my two-year term as president of ACG Detroit is coming to a close. It has been a remarkable two years, filled with fun and challenges. I am writing this letter to reflect on the highlights of last two years. I would like to thank the board and our working committees for their commitment and great ideas that have helped the chapter flourish. I would also like to thank my partners at Clayton & McKervey for their support. I especially want to thank Sharon Kimble, our executive director, for her tireless and brilliant work.
Last summer, the board developed a strategic plan with the goals of growing membership and enhancing brand recognition, while continuing to deliver high quality programs. Executing this strategic plan has been the focus of the board and committee members of ACG Detroit.
Over the past two years, the chapter has grown almost ten percent, while maintaining one of the highest retention rates (79%) of all ACG chapters. We're continuing to develop the NextGen group by offering more networking and content programs. Within the last year, we launched both a women's group and a corporate business development group to address the different needs of our membership. We've added more targeted and niche content programs with our lunch and learn series and we continue to offer more social events.
I'm excited to announce our recent media partnership with DBusiness. This partnership, along with our targeted advertising and social media initiative, are designed to increase ACG Detroit brand awareness.
In April, 2016, in partnership with DBusiness, we will be hosting our first annual "Champions Award" program which will recognize the region's most impactful deals along with the dealmakers and advisors who make it possible.
Our chapter, along with Western Michigan, has been chosen by ACG Global to be a lead force in driving the ACG public policy grassroots program. Recent legislative and regulatory changes have imposed significant burdens and restrictions on private equity firms, their advisors, and the corporate middle market. These changes, along with several public policy initiatives under debate, require our action. The national members have asked ACG to unify and influence and shape public policy by educating our legislators on the positive impact that the private equity community has on corporate growth and job creation. On October 15, we will host the ACG Michigan Middle-Market Summit in Lansing, bringing together experts in public policy, private equity, and middle market, to discuss these issues.
In March of 2014, we celebrated our 30th anniversary. This was a proud moment in which we celebrated accomplishments and recognized many of those who made it possible. Though we have accomplished much in our history, I'm very excited as to what lies ahead. On September 1, Doug LaLone, our past program committee chair, will lead our chapter as our president. I know that our chapter is in great hands with Doug's enthusiastic and energetic leadership
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President of ACG Detroit and thank you for your support.
Robert J. Dutkiewicz, CPA, MST
Annual Automotive Outlook
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Sharon M. Kimble
Plante Moran Financial Advisors