Mackinac Policy Conference Names Chair for 2014


MACKINAC ISLAND — The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney as chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. Cooney will succeed the 2013 Conference Chair, Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. Cooney will help lead the Chamber’s efforts in planning and hosting the 2014 Conference.

“Plunkett Cooney has been a long-time supporter of the Mackinac Policy Conference because it’s a one-of-a-kind program which also happens to be one of the preeminent policy events in the nation,” Cooney said. “The Conference has evolved into a statewide conversation where leaders from throughout Michigan come together to discuss the critical issues facing our state. I’m honored to be the 2014 chair and look forward to help driving that conversation.”

Cooney has served as president and CEO of Plunkett Cooney since 1998.  Plunkett Cooney, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, along with Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Ind. The firm provides a range of transactional and litigation services.

“Hank Cooney is one of the leading attorneys in Michigan, is president of a very well respected law firm, Plunkett Cooney, and has a long history of commitment to Detroit and the region,” said Sandy K. Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber president and CEO. “I am honored that he will lend his perspective and leadership to the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.”

“Hank will add a new and different perspective to the Mackinac Policy Conference. I’m delighted that he has accepted the chair role and am looking forward to working with him. I’m confident he’ll enjoy the experience — I know I did,” Welch said.

The Chamber also released the dates for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference that will take place from Wednesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30.