Contributors
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.

Infamous frauds and financial crises have wrecked the public’s faith in business in recent years.  This led many companies to try to repair the damage by emphasizing codes of ethics.  But we do not have a crisis of ethics in business today.  We have a crisis of trust. 

Read "Trust Me" from The Wall Street Journal.

The passing of Steve Jobs has caused much reflection in the popular press.  While not perfect or easy to be around, he clearly fundamentally changed many important things.  A couple important lessons are outlined in this short article.

Read "Steve Jobs and Taking the Big Chance" from The New York Times.

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.
 

Recent media attention on the deficit and debt limit tend to obscure the fact that fiscal improvement depends on private sector economic growth.  Our long term solutions exist on main street not Wall Street or Washington. 

Read "A Sure but Elusive Cure : Economic Growth" from The New York Times.

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