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.

The U. S. auto industry is in a period of extraordinary transition as it addresses new drive trains, new designs and manufacturing processes, and a number of new global competitors.  Let’s hope they are up to the task. 

Read "Is the US Auto Industry Ready for Growth?" from Strategy + Business.

Washington, DC always seems to be an island unto itself.  Perhaps they have been so insulated from the everyday concerns of the American public that they are unsure of the difficult road ahead. 

Read "Why Washington Really Likes Itself" from The New York Times.

The world seems to be in turmoil.  The European Union is under significant stress.  Middle East governments are dropping one after another.  China relies on a growth model based on an under-valued currency, high levels of exports, and low domestic consumption.  The United States has operated with too much consumer consumption and debt for at least a generation.  When the world is experiencing this many fundamental changes at once, the need for American leadership is greater than ever.  Will we get our act together?

Read "All Together Now" from The New York Times.

I sometimes wonder where the big ideas are.  In this world of immediate access to anything we want to know, why aren’t there more ideas to deal with the truly large and serious issues facing our country and the world?  Perhaps all this information is getting in the way of actually doing something with it. 

Read "The Elusive Big Idea" from The New York Times.

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