Board of Managers

Board of Managers

Grow Michigan’s Board of Managers understands the unique characteristics and complexities of running lower middle market businesses.  Their backgrounds enable them to be supportive to all key company and management decisions, build corporate strategies, develop and execute financial strategies and offer unique operating expertise and perspective.


  • Richard L. Baird

    Richard L. Baird

    Chairman

    Richard L. Baird was appointed Senior Advisor and Transformation Leader to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in October of 2013. Prior to that, he was the CEO of MI Partners, LLC, a Michigan-based consulting company contracted (full time) by the Snyder administration in January, 2011. He retired January 1, 2019 with the inauguration of Governor Whitmer.

    Baird worked with the Governor and his leadership team to reinvent and transform Michigan. Baird has played key roles to address risk, financial solvency, organizational redesign and performance, talent assessment, financially distressed city turnaround strategies, public safety and infrastructure, economic/workforce development, labor disputes and education reform.

    Baird served as co-leader (with U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox) of the mediation team which led to the creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority (4.2 million ratepayers) and assisted U.S. District Chief Judge Gerald Rosen in the successful resolution of creditor disputes under the Detroit bankruptcy. He created the Office of Good Government and the Office for Performance Transformation for the State of Michigan, designed the Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Reinvention (CLEAR), and has been actively involved in pension redesign, enhancing opportunities for the disabled, ex-offender rehabilitation, and tax payer reform.

    Throughout 2016, Baird served as the Team Leader for “Mission Flint” which coordinated the State’s partnership with the City of Flint and the related (nearly $300) million appropriation to address problems arising from the water crisis and assist with economic/workforce development, medical and education initiatives.

    In 2010, Baird retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as global and U.S. leader of people and change management. From 2003–2008, he was global managing partner – people, responsible for human resources and learning & education for PwC’s 150,000 partners and staff in 150 countries, while serving on the 14-partner global leadership team. He also held positions as Operations Partner for the U.S. Assurance and Business Advisory practice through the 1990’s. From 1997 to 2000, Baird was President of Compass.com, a company sold to TMP Worldwide (Monster.com) in 2000.

    Baird has been referenced in various professional publications for his work in talent management, including The Wall Street Journal, Global HR News, Newsweek, Economist, and Chicago Tribune.

    Baird currently serves as Treasurer of the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and is a former member of the board for the Grow Michigan Investment Fund. He serves on the board for the American Center for Mobility, and began an 8 year term as a Regent for Eastern Michigan University in 2019. He is also a board member for Chance for Life, a rehabilitation program currently operating in 10 Michigan State prisons.

    Baird is a life member of the board of trustees for United Methodist Homes and Services and a past member of the AIESEC U.S. board of directors and global advisory steering committee. An avid conservationist, he also served on the board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

    Baird received his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and was a trustee for 12 years, including five years as chair. He received an honorary Ph.D. from Albion College and from Eastern Michigan University.

    Baird is married (Linda) and they have 3 adult children ranging in age from 22 to 33 years old.

  • Henry J. Brennan, III

    Henry J. Brennan, III

    Founder

    Mr. Brennan is a founding member of Grow Michigan, LLC. He is a partner with Howard & Howard, PLLC and provides legal counsel to Grow Michigan, LLC. He concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and real estate.

    Mr. Brennan is AV Rated by Martindale Hubble (its highest rating based on peer review), he has also been consistently designated as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness and a Michigan Super Lawyer.

    Brennan in addition has been a founder and equity partner in several business ventures, including A3 Integration, TradeLogix and FreightVerify. Mr. Brennan serves on several corporate boards and advisory committees, in addition to being involved with several civic and philanthropic organizations.

    He received a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

  • Todd C. Clark

    Todd C. Clark

    Board Member

    Mr. Clark serves as Michigan’s Region CEO for Old National Bank and has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He currently oversees all lending and retail service activities in Michigan, including its 34 bank branch network. He also serves on Old National Bank’s Executive Leadership Group.

    Old National Bank acquired United Bank & Trust in 2014. Mr. Clark served as United’s President at the time of acquisition. United Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of United Bancorp, Inc., was an independent, community-based, financial services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI with assets of $919 million. Mr. Clark was responsible for all Lending and Retail Services, Wealth Management, Mortgage, Structured Finance, Operations and Technology. He joined United Bank & Trust in 2000. Prior to Old National/United Bank & Trust, Mr. Clark worked at NBD Bank and National City in commercial lending, holding number of key positions dating back to 1992. Mr. Clark earned a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan – School of Business Administration in 1992. He is a 2004 graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.

    Mr. Clark is a member of the Washtenaw County Economic Development Coordination Committee. He is member of the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital Board of Trustees (Board Chair 2012-2015). Mr. Clark serves on the United Way of Washtenaw County Board of Directors (Board Chair 2014 and 2015). Mr. Clark serves on the Business Development Committee and CEO Roundtable of Ann Arbor SPARK.

    Mr. Clark and his wife, Colleen, have three daughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Rose.

  • Christopher Cook

    Christopher Cook

    Board Member

    Chris Cook is Director of Capital Access for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry. In his role at MEDC, he is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of a variety of programs intended to increase the availability of capital to small businesses operating in Michigan. These programs support a range of financing from micro lending through lower middle market opportunities. Prior to joining MEDC, Chris worked for the Michigan Certified Development Corporation, a provider of SBA 504 lending. Prior to his work in the financial services industry, he worked as a pricing administrator for Dart Container Corporation.

    Chris received a B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. In addition to his role on the Board of Managers for Grow Michigan, he is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Develop Michigan, a real estate development fund.

  • Douglas R. Luciani

    Doug Luciani

    Board Member

    Mr. Doug Luciani is President and CEO of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, including its subsidiaries, the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and the Traverse City Area Chamber Foundation.  He was appointed to the board of Grow Michigan, LLC in September of 2012.

    Luciani has 25 years of experience in labor relations, community and economic development and trade association leadership.  He began his professional career in Kansas City where he worked for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in both transportation and environmental programs as well as in community and economic development.

    Mr. Luciani studied political science and English at Central Michigan University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Patrick McQueen

    Patrick McQueen

    Board Member

    Patrick M. McQueen is a Managing Director of McQueen Financial Advisors, providing an array of consulting services to financial institutions.  McQueen serves on the Board of Directors of EnerBank USA (Salt Lake City)  and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Grow Michigan.

    Previously, he served in varying capacities, including Chairman, President and C.E.O.  of The Private Bank and successor banks. Previously, McQueen spent eight years in State Government, serving as the Commissioner of Banking and briefly, as the Acting Commissioner of Insurance. The first 24 years of his banking career was spent with Comerica Bank, and its predecessor, Manufacturers National Bank.

    Current assignments include serving on the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the Motor City Lyric Opera Board, the Kelly (Services) Relief Fund Board and the Oakland Community Foundation Board.  McQueen holds a B.B.A. From the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an M.B.A. From Michigan State University.  McQueen also graduated from the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia.

    He and his wife, Catherine, reside in Bloomfield Hills. All three children reside in the area.

  • Daniel Montes

    Daniel Montes

    Board Member

    Daniel J. Montes is Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank and has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to PNC Bank, he worked for Citizens Bank (now Huntington Bank), and First Chicago NBD. His roles have mainly focused on business development primarily in commerical banking serving lower middle market clients, and a role in heathcare banking as well. Mr. Montes’ background of commerical banking has provided him with a wide range of exposure in commercial finance for both profit and non-profit organizations within a wide variety of industries.

    Prior to his career in banking, he spent 20 years in the restaurant industry primarily in management roles, and as a small business owner as president and owner of D&S Concessions, Inc dba as The Willow Tree Restaurant.

    Mr. Montes received a B.A. in Accountancy from Walsh College. He was a member of the board of directors for New Passages Behavioral Heatlh & Rehabilitation Services for nine years. He was vice chair of the board until New Passages merged with Hope Network in 2011.

  • Mark Morante

    Mark Morante

    Board Member

    Coming soon…