RICHARD E. BLOUSE JR.:
is President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, a veteran of 13 years in the position. During that time, Blouse led a financial turnaround, transformed the organization into a regional, national, and international force, and made it the largest chamber of commerce in the United States. Membership during his tenure has grown from 10,000 organizations to 23,000. He pioneered relationships with business diversity organizations and groups that overcome city-suburb divides. He led the creation of the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, the Coalition for Regional Transit, and the Design Regional Detroit Initiative. Earlier in his career he was a chamber executive in smaller communities and held jobs as diverse as high school teacher and camera shop owner. He has bachelorís and masterís degrees in education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania.