What Some of the Best Leaders Have in Common

These are times of incredible change in the world and many of these changes are happening at an exponential rate. For some, that’s a good thing because they view change as an exciting opportunity. For many of us, though, change can bring feelings of uncertainty and...

Yes, we can be charming and prosperous

Last year, I spoke to the Front Street Irregulars, a group of local men and women who run many of the most successful companies in the region. Among their goals is improving the business climate so more high-value businesses can succeed and scale here. They...

To Grow Up Here Doesn’t Have to Mean to Leave Here

This is my first column for Traverse City Business News. I’m honored and excited. My goal is to share some of the thoughts and insights I’ve developed during a lifetime of doing business in Traverse City, traveling the globe and meeting some of the world’s most...

Youth Is NOT Wasted on the Young

There is hope. In a society where labels are assigned to dismiss a person’s perspective, where rhetoric is habit, respectful debate is a challenge and the divide appears to be growing, there is still hope. I know this because I have experienced it. The younger generation...

Promising Trends in Local Housing Policy

Traverse City – northwest lower Michigan’s business and cultural capital – is at a defining moment in its history. Faced with skyrocketing home prices and swelling rents, we can sit back and watch as the housing issues escalate, or we can take action to create...