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Council members

  • * Suzanne Miller Allen, director of Community Responsibility, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan’s largest health insurer
  • Bo Brines, owner of Little Forks Outfitters, a Midland sporting goods store
  • Troland V. Clay, president and CEO, Mno-Bmadsen, an investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Cara Zerbel, Director of Brand for Gazelle Sports, a running gear retailer with five Michigan locations
  • Linda Hubbard, president and COO of Carhartt, Inc., a work and outdoor apparel manufacturer
  • Jonathan Jarosz, executive director, Heart of the Lakes, a conservation organization representing the state’s land conservancies and affiliate organizations
  • * Chris MacInnes, president and co-owner of Crystal Mountain, a ski and golf resort in Benzie County
  • Tracy Mayer, owner of Backcountry North, a sporting goods retailer with three Michigan locations
  • Gregory Moore, REI Co-op store manager
  • Steve Nadolski, vice president of commercial accounts, AMROCK, a real estate title company, and part of the Rock Venture family of companies
  • Jeff Poet, president and co-owner of Jay’s Sporting Goods
  • Matt Ruiter, general manager of Velocity USA, a manufacturer of bicycle wheels
  • Patti Smith, VP and co-founder of Silver Spray Sports
  • William Smith, CFO of Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
  • JR Burke, vice president of global government relations, Polaris Industries, manufacturer of ORVs and snowmobiles
  • Elissa Sangalli, president of Northern Initiatives, a community development financial institution

* Co-chairs

The council also will benefit from two ex-officio members representing state agencies:

  • Kristin Phillips, Chief, Marketing and Outreach Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Lauren Branneman, Michigan Economic Development Corporation