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Founder and Chair – LMFC
Vice Chair – LMFC
President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager

Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

Every wonder if all the technology in our lives actually helps us get organized?  How about some ideas that may actually help? 
 
Read more in: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/business/when-office-technology-overwhelms-get-organized.html?pagewanted=all
 

The ideal of an ‘American Way of Life’ is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. This is a fascinating study of important trends we have all probably noticed.

Read more in “The New American Divide” from The Wall Street Journal.
 

Apple’s experience shows why jobs are flowing to China and the commitments they need to make in order to earn this work.  I am not sure we are ready to go back to the days of company employee dormitories and 12 hour, 6 day a week jobs but this certainly explains the current world wide electronic device manufacturing business.

Read "Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class" from The New York Times.

In his straightforward and concise way, Warren Buffett shares his view on why stock returns beat the alternatives.  This piece is condensed from his annual shareholders letter.

Read the condensed letter at  "Warren Buffett: Why stocks beat gold and bonds" from Fortune Magazine.

Read the complete letter to shareholders at the Berkshire Hathaway website.

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