Michigan Israel Business Bridge Plans First Awards Dinner


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Michigan Israel Business Bridge will be holding their first Ambassador Awards Dinner to be held Sept. 18 at the Detroit Athletic Club. MIBB is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote business, investment, and research opportunities. The organization is the premier resource for economic development between Michigan and Israel.  MIBB will bestow two awards during the dinner.

The Bridge Builder Award will go to General Dynamics Land Systems will be accepted by Donald Schenk, vice president, International Tank Programs. General Dynamics Land Systems is a global leader in the design, development, production, support, and enhancement of tracked and wheeled military vehicles for the United States and international markets. Their team is focused on continuous process and productivity improvements that reduce product costs, while increasing troop safety and effectiveness. 

The MIBB Impact Awardee is the organization’s co-founder and Past-President Chuck Newman. It was Newman’s vision that led to a vibrant bi-national chamber dedicated to increasing business, research and investment opportunities between Michigan and Israel. Newman has been an entrepreneur since 1961.He started his first company while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. The companies he founded the first in the cell phone reuse, word processing equipment and computer retailing industries.

He and his wife, Sharon, were the principal founders of the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor. Chuck is a past national chairman of the board of directors of Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and was President of the Michigan Jewish Conference. He is a member of numerous boards of directors including that of the International Myeloma Foundation.

For more information, please visit michiganisrael.com.