Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CAR Management Briefing Seminars

The first event of August is one that we had been looking forward to for quite some time: the Automotive Management Briefing Seminars, hosted by the Center for Automotive Research and held in one of the most beautiful areas of Michigan: Traverse City. We first began attending the MBS in 2007, and were delighted when CAR invited us back again for the 2008 event.

For those not familiar, the Management Briefing Seminars are a week-long series of conferences and talks where industry executives and insiders gather to discuss issues facing the automotive industry. Held every August at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the conferences are a fantastic opportunity for networking and getting the inside scoop on what's going on with everything automotive. Even better, the up north atmosphere that Traverse City provides adds a relaxing breath from the hustle and bustle of the motor city.

We spent the week talking with executives and staff from several of our sponsors, our sanctioning body, and many others associated with the auto world. Additionally, at Wednesday's Industry dinner, Steve Hechtman of the UM Solar Car Team and I hopped on stage and gave a fun and humorous mockery of the MSU-UM rivalry.

Last year, I left TC feeling very impressed by a fun and exciting event. I didn't think that anything could top it. I was wrong; MBS 2008 was even better. A big thank you to David Cole, Kathy Watson, Debbie Schilz and all of the staff and attendees of this past conference for making our stay so enjoyable.


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