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The benefit of Leadership Macomb to private industries


Leadership Macomb is an incredibly valuable program for all industry sectors. While education, finance, government and health care are always well represented in our cohort, participation from the private sector, unfortunately, tends to be a bit underrepresented. 

The program is valuable to the private sector for a multitude of reasons. It not only educates participants on the assets and issues in the county, but it also reinforces the vital role they play in our community. Unique learning experiences, field trips, expert speakers and behind-the-scenes opportunities that are not offered anywhere else are all part of the program. 

No matter how long you’ve lived and/or worked in Macomb County, we guarantee participants will learn and benefit a great deal from the Leadership Macomb program, while broadening their personal and professional network. Ultimately, the more we understand about our community, the stronger we become, professionally and personally. Feel free to contact anyone below (all private sector graduates) if you’d like to hear about their personal experience with Leadership Macomb. Applications for LM XXI, which starts in September, are available online at

Catherine DeDecker, Vice President/Marketing Manager

Spalding DeDecker



Mark Zuccaro, Owner

Zuccaro’s Banquet



Patti Harrison, President

Harrison Media



Ilene Bischer, Vice President/Owner

Great Lakes Recycling



Vanessa Hayes, CFO

Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick



Ryan Zemke, Attorney

Zemke Law, PLLC



Jeff Bickley, Founder/CEO

Brown Box Branding


Joe Werner, Assurance Associate

Plante Moran, PLLC


Linda McGrail Belau, Esq., Attorney

O’Reilly Rancilio, PC