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Michigan Chamber welcomes two Southwest Michigan business leaders to its 2024-25 Board of Directors

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Michigan Chamber welcomes two Southwest Michigan business leaders to its 2024-25 Board of Directors

Officials for Whirlpool Corporation, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber will serve on the prestigious statewide board


Michigan Chamber of Commerce members have elected Eleanor Reece, Whirlpool Corporation’s vice president of global communications, and Arthur Havlicek president & CEO of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce, to the business organization’s 2024-25 Board of Directors. They both officially joined the board this week.


Michigan Chamber President & CEO Jim Holcomb welcomed Reece and Havlicek to the roles, saying volunteer leaders like these two are the lifeblood of the Michigan Chamber and fulfilling the organization’s mission to build a stronger Michigan for all and work to protect, connect and strengthen employers across the Great Lakes State.


“The Michigan Chamber and our state’s businesses, communities and families will be served well with the expertise and perspectives of Eleanor and Arthur,” said Jim Holcomb, Michigan Chamber President & CEO. “Their commitment to innovation, pragmatic problem solving and civility, and ensuring our state’s economic competitiveness will be a great guide for the Chamber’s work in 2024.”


Reece has been with Whirlpool since 2019, first as senior director of global communications, after serving across various communications and government relations roles in the private sector, including with General Motors, CNN International, and consulting for other industries. She holds her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Havlicek has been at the helm of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber for four years. Before that, he served in multiple policy and outreach roles in the Michigan House of Representatives, and has been recognized with numerous awards. He holds his bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Grand Valley State University. 




The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 5,000 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties across the state and employing more than 1 million Michiganders. The Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan’s job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.


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