Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group representing 20 leading employers, three principal business organizations and the largest higher educational institution in Macomb County, an area encompassing approximately 900,000 residents and 18,000 businesses. Our organization is committed to enhancing local communities by leveraging a unified civic leadership voice throughout the Detroit region.

Economic Snapshot

Macomb County is heralded for its natural resources, proud residents known for their strong work ethic, a business friendly environment, excellent schools from Pre-K through Community College, a talented workforce and affordable housing. It is also seen as a region with a strong industrial base and growing cultural diversity. People move to Macomb because of the schools, effective leadership and excellent business environment.

  • 18,000 businesses
  • Strong manufacturing sector – automotive, defense, robotics, materials production and medical
  • Growing college-educated population
  • Strong technical education programs

The County is anchored by a robust infrastructure and a surging workforce. These two community characteristics establish Macomb County as a location of choice for businesses engaged in engineering, research and development, and advanced manufacturing. With approximately 34,000 acres of industrial and institutional land, Macomb County has the capacity to service existing and new business.


Diane Banks

Executive Director

Angela Lenda

Communications Coordinator


Each member of Advancing Macomb’s board of directors has a professional or personal connection to Macomb County and a professional or personal leadership role in the broader Detroit Region. Their mission is to provide thoughtful civic leadership for Macomb, attract investment for local assets and provide a deeper connection to the region at large.

David Girodat

Fifth Third Bank


Barbara Rossmann

Henry Ford Macomb

Vice Chair

Maria Silamianos


Paul Trulik

Apparatus Solutions


Board Members at Large

John Blanchard

General Motors

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Tom Brisse

McLaren Macomb

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Matt Casey

Warner Norcross + Judd

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Melanie D. Davis

Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Terry Hamilton

St. John Macomb

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Gayle Joseph

Gayle Joseph Group

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Thom Lipari

Lipari Food

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Martin Manna

The Chaldean Chamber of Commerce

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Douglas Messana

Ford Motor Company

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John Nitz

O'Reilly Rancillo P.C.

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Brian Pilarski

Brown & Brown

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Mark Rusch

The Proper Group

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Tanisha A. Sanders

Waste Management

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Jim Sawyer

Macomb Community College

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Mike Semanco

Hitachi Business Finance

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Grace Shore

Macomb County Chamber

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