DETROIT (WWJ) — Former Michigan Gov. John Engler and noted futurist Daniel Burrus will provide the keynote speeches at Business Leaders for Michigan’s 2013 CEO Summit, set for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

BLM is the statewide CEO organization that succeeded Detroit Renaissance.

Engler is now president of the national CEO group Business Roundtable.

Burrus is the author of Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible, and is a contributing writer on innovation and change for CNBC, Huffington Post and others. For the Michigan CEO Summit, Burrus share strategies for seeing hidden opportunities and creatively solving problems on the horizon.

The theme of the 2013 Michigan CEO Summit is “Putting Michigan in the Winner’s Circle.” This is the second annual Michigan CEO Summit presented by Business Leaders for Michigan.

In addition, attendees will get a preview of the 2013 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report – and hear how Michigan stacks up to its competitors national and globally.

Other speakers are to include Walbridge chairman and CEO John Rakolta Jr., Haworth Inc. chairman emeritus Richard Haworth, Meijer Inc. co-chairman and CEO Hank Meijer, La-Z;-Boy Inc. chairman, president and CEO Kurt Darrow, Two Men And A Truck International Inc. CEO Brig Sorber, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan president and CEO Daniel Loepp, Steelcase president and CEO James Hackett, Empowerment Plan founder and CEO Veronika Scott, Duo Security CEO Dug Song, Armune BioScience Inc. president and CEO Eli Thomssen, FirstMerit Michigan chairman and CEO Sandra Pierce, PVS Chemicals Inc. president and CEO James Nicholson, and BLM president and CEO Doug Rothwell.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $125, which includes breakfast and lunch.

For additional speaker information, the full agenda and registration, visit


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