DETROIT — Dykema announced that Rex Schlaybaugh Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Dykema and member of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice, has been named to the advisory board of the Demmer Center for Business Transformation. The Demmer Center, housed within Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, provides consulting, advisory and educational services—as offered by university faculty members and students — to help Michigan companies competitive.
The advisory board provides counseling and advice to the Demmer Center, helping facilitate its mission to make Michigan manufacturing firms more competitive in both domestic and global markets.
The Demmer Center hopes partner with a select number of Michigan firms to advance lean systems thinking and subsequent process improvement by placing graduate student apprentices in those companies to work on continuous improvement projects.
“There’s no question that in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace, companies need to weed out inefficiency and ramp up productivity. The Demmer Center Lean Initiative provides real-world opportunities for students, who are schooled in lean systems thinking, to help Michigan companies transform themselves into powerhouse competitors,” said Schlaybaugh.
In addition to his Corporate Finance practice, Schlaybaugh—who has been with Dykema for over 35 years and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 10 years — serves on several corporate boards, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and is a Commissioner on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.