John C. Hertel is the General Manager of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). During his tenure at SMART, he has successfully passed three millages all by over 66 percent approval and initiated the effort that resulted in the legislation creating the long-awaited Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan. Prior to joining SMART in 2010, he was the CEO of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council (RTCC) from 2006 to 2010. As CEO, John developed the Regional Mass Transit Plan and led the effort that secured unanimous approval from the leaders of Macomb, Oakland, Wayne counties and the Mayor of the City of Detroit that put an end to forty years of fruitless attempts to achieve an official transit blueprint for Southeast Michigan.
Bob Murphy, right, accepts the President’s gavel from Outgoing President, Bob Hynes, at the last meeting of the SMC, September 27, 2016
John Welchli, above, was born and raised near midtown Detroit after which his family moved to Grosse Pointe. He went to Detroit University School, now University Liggett School before attending and graduating from The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.
Mr. Welchli’s college experience took him to Brown University. He then returned to his home state for a Master’s Degree in Business at the University of Michigan. After a two year stint in the U. S. Army, he started his career in investment management in Jackson, Michigan. In 1985, his career continued back in his hometown of Grosse Pointe. Read more
Name: Lloyd Marks
Born: October 17, 1915
Joined: June 13, 1978 (37)
Lloyd Louis Marks of Grosse Pointe Woods died of natural causes on September 29th, shortly before his 101st birthday. He had a long and successful career, not only as a generous husband and father, but also as an outstanding businessman, who had the uncanny ability to anticipate growth markets. Read more
Name: Louis Dutts
Born: April 26, 1937
Joined: May 11, 2010 (10)
Louis Dutts was the beloved husband of Beatrice. Dear father of Beth Stimac (John), Mary Hogan (James), and the late Louis. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 16. Read more
A video of the tribute to May Krager on 8/23 at GP War Memorial theatre
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Build Your Network and Make Strategic Connections
North/South Varsity Football Game Tailgate
41st Annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade
Pointer of Distinction Awards
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Loreen Niewenhuis – Adventurist – Author – luncheon speaker on September 13
Loreen grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. She pursued a life of science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and a bone marrow transplant group.
While taking a break from this work to raise her young sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University.
In 2009, her short story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award. Read more
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