The Michigan Opportunity

Through dynamic discussion, The Michigan Opportunity markets the state and promotes Michigan as a world-class business location. The podcast serves as a forward-thinking voice for Michigan as a conduit to global trends and applications in the new global economy.

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Season - 3 Episode 9

Thomas D. Lutz, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Listen to Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary Treasurer of MRCC, discuss the busy and dynamic world of this trade union. From member carpenters helping build diverse projects, to union millwrights working with precision machinery with their contractor partners across the state.

Season - 3 Episode 5

Ray Maczik, The Standing Company

Listen to Ray Maczik, Owner of The Standing Company, discuss their unique customized standing wheelchairs, how he personally delivers them to customers around the country, and his close partnership with the Veterans Administration. Also learn how Pure Michigan Business Connect identified a Michigan-based supplier of chromoly steel and facilitated a connection with the company to Boyer Steel in Warren.

Season - 2 Episode 52

Faris Alami, Founder & CEO of International Strategic Management

Join Faris Alami as he discusses his unique background and career with ISM, Inc., while diving into their five practice areas: entrepreneurship, global leadership, community, technology, and education (with the goal of cultivating the next generation of culturally diverse global leaders and entrepreneurs).

Season - 2 Episode 51

Quentin Messer Jr., Chief Executive & Economic Competitiveness Officer at Michigan Economic Development Corporation, President and Chair - Michigan Strategic Fund

Hear Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO of MEDC discuss the MEDC and state of Michigan’s successes in the past year and what might be on the horizon from semiconductors to the transition to EVs. Plus, he asks our host, Ed Clemente, about the interesting discussions he's had along the way to his 100th guest.

Season - 2 Episode 50

Casey Cowell, Principal, Owner, Boomerang Catapult

Join our guest Casey Cowell, Principal and Owner of Boomerang Catapult, as he discusses the rapidly changing business climate for the Traverse City Region and how the company brings talented individuals and their startups back to the Mitten State!

Season - 2 Episode 49

Chetan Koradia (CK), Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Transphere Inc. and Pranadhi Koradia, Chief Operating Officer & Owner, Transphere Inc.

Join guests Chetan and Pranadhi Koradia, a father and daughter team who manage Transphere Inc., as they discuss the interesting world of international trade through their 2nd generation minority and woman-owned freight-forwarding and logistics company.

Season - 2 Episode 47

Ara Topouzian, Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association

Join our guest Ara Topouzian of Michigan Venture Capital Association and host Ed Clemente, as they explore the complicated but fascinating world of Venture Capital, EDO's, Universities, tech transfer and more. 

Season - 2 Episode 45

Jeff Thompson, Partner/Product Design Engineer and co-founder, Shaggy's Copper Country Skis

Listen to Jeff Thompson, Co-Founder of Shaggy's Copper Country Skis, and host Ed Clemente, explore the unique ski manufacturer and how the Thompson family keeps their heritage alive in Boyne City, Michigan. 

Season - 2 Episode 44

Gina Thorsen CEO and Co-Owner, Jacquart Fabric Products, home of Stormy Kromer

Join Gina Thorsen CEO and Co-Owner, Jacquart Fabric Products, home of Stormy Kromer hats, and host Ed Clemente, as they discuss this fascinating unique manufacturing and outdoor recreation industry that makes much more than hats. 

Season - 2 Episode 43

Ron Hall, President and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors & Doug Del Grosso, President and CEO of Adient

Listen to Ron Hall of Bridgewater Interiors and Doug Del Grosso of Adient, as they explain their unique industry of manufacturing automotive interiors, how tiered suppliers work, the joint venture, supply chains issues and disrupters, and much more.

About the Host: Ed Clemente

Ed Clemente joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2020 as the Senior Advisor for Trends and Development.

From 2012-2020, Clemente served as a two-term governor appointed Hearing Commissioner for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Executing over 7,000 judicial Orders/Decisions, over the tenure of service. Prior joining the MLCC, Clemente launched Michigan’s Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) establishing it as 501c3 and 501c6 entity and serving as its first President.

Ed Clemente was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004 representing parts of southern Wayne County. During his three terms in the State House (2004-2010) he led task forces on electric vehicles, biosciences, film industry, Brownfield restoration, economic development, quality of life and advanced energy. Before his tenure as a public official, Clemente held several leadership roles at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, including President and Director Economic and Business Development. He also previously chaired the Economic Development Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and was elected as a Trustee for Wayne County Community College District, serving four terms.

Clemente has earned degrees from Ferris State, Michigan State University and Sienna Heights Universities. Clemente was awarded with a prestigious fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and The National Judicial College for Administrative Law. He graduated from several political leadership development programs, including Leadership Detroit, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Leadership 21. He is a previous small business owner and has taught at Northwood University. Additionally, he hosts a “Critical Conversations” podcast and is a member of the Workforce Advisors for Wayne County Community College. Ed serves on the Board of Directors for Global Ties Detroit and the Motor Cities National Heritage Area. An avid traveler, Ed has visited more than 80 countries and territories, 150+ UNESCO World Heritage sites, many to play rugby tournaments, others for professional exchange and some for just intellectual curiosity.


The Michigan Opportunity is brought to you by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, MEDC markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.