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Ray Telang has over 25 years of experience in auditing, business risk management and internal control consulting. Ray has been the Global Engagement Partner for several Fortune 500 companies, leading multinational engagement teams in audits.
Previously, Ray served as PWC’s Michigan Market Assurance Leader, and also worked for five years in the firm’s risk and controls practice, where he provided solutions to companies focused on finance function effectiveness, supply chain improvement (including inventory management), compliance solutions associated with Sarbanes-Oxley, and enterprise risk management.
Ray is currently Chair of the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. He is a longstanding leader in the Detroit region, serving on a number of boards and task forces to assist in the revitalization of the city.
Jehan is the co-founder of Great Lakes Legal Group. She specializes in business and commercial matters, probate and estate planning, and government affairs. Jehan is also the Secretary for the Junior Achievement Rising Achievers Advisory Board (RAAB).
Prior to founding Great Lakes, Jehan served as Managing Member of C&G Solutions PLC (C&G Law). She has also served as Faculty for the National Business Institute concerning operational issues with 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations, probate, and estate planning matters, and as Contributor for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Jehan has been recognized four times by Michigan Super Lawyers, and has also recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 under 40’. In 2017, Jehan was appointed to the Michigan Senate Judicial Advisory Committee, which vets candidates and makes recommendations to fill vacancies on the federal bench, in the Eastern District.
Tom oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for Automation Alley on behalf of its 800 members across Southeast Michigan, including programs and services designed to help businesses succeed in the era of Industry 4.0.
Tom came to Automation Alley after seven years as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups in industries such as advanced automotive, life sciences, homeland security and alternative energy.
Tom’s professional successes also include launching three separate startup companies for angel, VC, and corporate investors in the fields of software, manufacturing technology and distribution. He has won five major software awards, including the 2003 National Manufacturing Design and Engineering Award and the 2005 Start Magazine Technology and Business Innovation of the Year Award.
Sarah’s goals at the Chamber are to increase postsecondary attainment in Southeast Michigan from 43 percent to 60 percent by 2030. Through Detroit Drives Degrees collective impact collaboration Sarah works with leaders in business, education, government, nonprofits and young professional groups to drive economic prosperity, regional collaboration, social mobility and equity. Sarah focuses on several areas of work to achieve the 60 percent goal, including postsecondary readiness, access, success and talent retention and attraction.
Sarah joined the Chamber in January 2017. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at the Michigan Municipal League and led a variety of economic development, policymaking and civic engagement projects in communities across the state.
Sarah has a background in community organizing, holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University. She lives downtown Detroit where she’s active in her community and neighborhood block club.
Greg is responsible for the Chamber’s efforts to ensure that employers in the region have access to the talent needed to thrive in the 21st century global environment.
He oversees the Chamber’s public education policy, and is responsible for the Detroit Promise, which offers a tuition-free path to college for every high school graduate residing in the city. Greg also oversees Detroit Drives Degrees, designed to increase the percentage of adults in the region with a quality postsecondary credential.
Greg serves on the boards of the Michigan College Access Network and Trillium Public School Academy. He represents the Chamber on numerous other committees, advisory boards, and partnerships dedicated to improving educational outcomes across the region and state.