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Economic Outlook / 2020 Vision: Do You Have an Accurate Lens on Our Economic Future?
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Economic Outlook / 2020 Vision: Do You Have an Accurate Lens on Our Economic Future?

Economic Outlook / 2020 Vision: Do you have an accurate lens on our economic future? by The Detroit CFO Leadership Council Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The Offices of Dickinson Wright (Troy) | Conference room B, C, and D 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Networking and Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Program

When: September 11, 2019
Where: The Offices of Dickinson Wright (Troy)
2600 W Big Beaver Rd
Conference room B, C, and D
Troy, MI  48084
United States
Contact: Kat Stevenson
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Economic Outlook / 2020 Vision: Do you have an accurate lens on our economic future?

Program Description

Major trends are taking place in the global economy that will certainly effect your local market and distinct business decisions. – But are you able to decipher between the hype and the facts so that you can accurately reach your future business objectives?

Join the Detroit CFOLC in an interactive discussion that focuses on both the global and national economic activities most affecting our Detroit area CFOs. We will take a closer look at the latest world trade agreements influencing our local business community and hone in on the auto industry’s latest technological ”improvements”, specifically the impact of electrification on local manufacturers, OEM’s, and suppliers.

Hear from Michael Robinet, Executive Director from IHS Markit Automotive Advisory, and Jim Robey, Director of Regional and Economic Planning Services at W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, who will help us understand how the future is going to influence our existing processes and judgment.

While it’s impossible to accurately predict the future, our experts will provide you the most current information that will guide you towards smarter decisions today.

Learning Outcomes:


Through this session, attendees will gain insights into:

  • The potential impact of the evolving economy on our local organizations
  • The current state of the global economy and its influence on our local business community
  • What’s ahead for 2020





Michael Robinet was promoted to Executive Director of IHS Markit Automotive Advisory Services in December 2018 – drivingindustry thought leadership in the field of light vehicle automotive market dynamicsand supplier strategy. From December 2011 to November 2018, Michael was the Managing Director leading the North American Automotive Advisory Team.  Until late 2011, he served as the Director of Global Vehicle Production Forecasts for IHS Automotive from 1996.  


In his role as Executive Director in the global automotive advisory practice, Michael builds upon his experience as a leader and innovator in automotive research.  He works with decisionmakers at suppliers and OEMs in the fields ofsupplier strategy/profitabilityglobal production forecasting, tracking future product programs (FPPs), analyzing sourcing and production strategiesto serve OEM, supplier and government entities throughout the global auto ecosystem.


Michael has over three decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance.  Prior to joining CSM Worldwide/IHS Markit, he worked at severalresearch companies and was schooled in finance at a Tier 1 supplier.He regularly consults with industry executives and presents at global OEM and supplier conferences/symposiums- being widely quoted by worldwide media on a variety of critical industry topics.


Michael holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA– both from the University of Windsor, Canada. He is a board member of the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Canada-US Business Association (CUSBA) and the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA).  He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)Automotive Press Association (APA), Detroit Economic Club (DEC) and the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA).  Michael also pens a monthly column called ‘Supplier Eye’ forSAE’s Automotive Engineering Magazine.

Jim Robey provides research and technical assistance on economic issues and in economic and workforce development to assist corporate, nonprofit, and economic and workforce development entities in problem resolution and strategic decision making.

His research focuses on regional economic, education, economic development, and workforce development issues across Michigan and the nation. He prepares annual employment forecasts for southwest Michigan’s metropolitan areas, directs the production of Business Outlook for West Michigan, and provides economic insights for regional economic development across northwest Ohio, and the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Robey received his PhD in Urban Studies from the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.

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To register for this program, simply complete the online form. Current CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60. 

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration. 

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Kat Stevenson, Marketing Director, Detroit Chapter at  

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information

Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5  CPE credits in Economics
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

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