John McElroy

Host, “Autoline”

John McElroy is host of “Autoline” and “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning weekly half-hour television program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. McElroy also hosts the webcast “Autoline After Hours.” In addition to his hosting duties, McElroy also broadcasts five radio segments daily on WWJ Newsradio 950 AM and writes a monthly op-ed article for Ward’s Auto World.

He previously served as Detroit editor for Road & Track, and as the American correspondent for World Cars, published by the Automotive Club of Italy. Prior to that, he served as editorial director for Automotive Industries magazine. McElroy was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018.

Brigadier General Ross Coffman

Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, U.S. Army Futures Command

Coffman currently serves as the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team located at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich. Most recently, Coffman served as the deputy commanding general for maneuver in the 1st Infantry Division in Eastern Europe.

His company grade years were spent with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and the NTC Operations Group. Coffman served as a field grade officer in the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), in the 1st Armored Division, the National Training Center, and twice with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, an MBA from Embry Riddle University, and a Graduate Fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  

Tammy J. Carnrike

Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for Michigan; Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Tammy J. Carnrike is the chief operating officer at the Detroit Regional Chamber, a position she has held since August 2006. In this role, she has overall responsibility for signature events and programming including the Mackinac Policy Conference and high-profile convening, leadership development initiatives, development of middle market strategy and initiatives, corporate governance oversight, major investor relationships, day-to-day leadership in support of and in absence of the president and CEO, as well as national bench-marking.

She joined the Chamber in 2005 as executive vice president with responsibility for growing the Chamber’s revenue through events and programs such as the Mackinac Policy Conference, guiding membership recruitment and retention efforts, oversight of government relations, volunteerism and small business.

Carnrike serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Army Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM); member of the Governance Committee, Protect and Grow: A  Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy; Board of Directors for Citizen Detroit; a member of the Certified Chamber Executive Commission, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; and a member of the national Rainmakers Council for metropolitan chambers of commerce.

Carnrike was appointed Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army Michigan in February of 2019 and was recently appointed to the Michigan Advisory Committee of U.S. Global Leadership.

Margaret Baxter

Executive Director, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement

Margaret Baxter is the executive director at the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement (CADIA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling the number of diverse leaders in the automotive industry by 2030. She is an operations and human resources professional with experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Most recently, Baxter was director of organizational development and integration for Inteva Products where she implemented corporate policy change to engage and ignite employees at all levels. She also launched a diversity and inclusion initiative and mentorship pilot, worked on global supply chain opportunities, IT initiatives, alliances and acquisitions due diligence, and training and leadership development.

Baxter has spent more than 20 years primarily in the automotive industry and has international experience. She is a certified diversity professional from the National Diversity Council and earned a Master of Arts from Middlebury College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Sandy K. Baruah

The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation. The Chamber represents the business interests of a region comprising 5.4 million residents and 11 Fortune 500 companies. The Chamber also serves as the regional economic development entity, Destination Detroit, the statewide automotive and mobility industry cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.

Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served President George W. Bush as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was the chief executive responsible for the SBA’s 4,000 national employees and $18 billion small business loan portfolio. Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.

In 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Baruah as chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Economy Commission. He is a frequent commentator on local and national media regarding political developments, automotive industry matters, and Detroit and Michigan issues.