Monday, March 8, 2010

Stimulus impact on Michigan transportation and infrastructure is topic of discussion

Michael Newman, BBA ’73, president/managing director, Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) and the affiliated MAA Foundation, will discuss “Transportation and Infrastructure funding in Michigan – The Stimulus Impact and Future Financing,” on Friday, Mar. 26 as part of the Keystone Breakfast Speaker Series.

The event will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8 a.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

The MAA is a trade association located in Lansing, Mich., that focuses on promoting the interest and growth of the construction materials industry through legislative, regulatory and public policy advocacy. Newman has held his current position with the organization since 1995.

Previously, Newman served as president/CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association and as executive vice president/COO of the Michigan Retailers Association.

In addition, Newman was appointed to the Michigan Water Resources Advisory Council in 2005 and currently serves as the Co-chair. The Council provides guidance to the Michigan Legislature and Executive Office on water use issues concerning the Great Lakes, inland lakes and other aquatic systems.

Newman has also served on the board of directors of the Trust for Resource Allocation Council, Michigan Society of Association Executives where he served a term as chairman of the board, and the National Aggregate and Concrete Executives Group where he was also chairman of the board.

The speaker series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. It provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.