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.

Kenneth Kelly, Executive Chairman

Kenneth Kelly

Kenneth Kelly serves as Chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank, a minority depository institution, based in Detroit, Michigan. He is a respected leader in the banking community, currently serving as Chairman of the National Bankers Association. In 2018, he was named to the Federal Reserve Bank’s Seventh District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). Mr. Kelly was also selected to become a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman’s Advisory Committee on Community Banking which is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FDIC on a broad range of community banking policy and regulatory matters. In October 2020, he is expected to be seated on the American Bankers Association Board of Directors. Mr. Kelly has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Congressional House Financial Services subcommittee on consumer protection and financial institutions and has provided input to the full committee of the House Financial Services during its COVID19 listening session. Also, Mr.Kelly provided input and advice to the Secretary of Treasury and White House Staff during COVID19 on the state of minority banks.


Mr. Kelly’s leadership in various organizations has culminated in him being selected as the chairperson of the Auburn University Engineering Alumni Council. In this role, Mr. Kelly works with a successful group of alumni including many CEOs to assist the dean of the college with research and development, fundraising, academic achievement and overall guidance to the college to become the best student-centered program in America. In 2019, the dedication of the new Brown Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center included the naming of the Kenneth Kelly Engineering Academic Excellence Program Reception Area.


Prior to banking, Mr. Kelly enjoyed a 27 year career as an electric utility business leader in numerous roles within Southern Company. His last role entailed negotiating acquisitions of large renewable solar projects valued at $3.4 billion in partnership value. In 2018, Mr. Kelly was inducted as the 137th Distinguished Auburn Engineer. On February 22nd, 2020 he was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.


Mr. Kelly grew up in Eufaula, Alabama and received an electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and completed the executive MBA program at the University of Alabama.

Patrick McQueen

Patrick McQueen

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.

Henry J. Brennan, III, Founder

Hank Brennan

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.

Christopher Cook

Chris Cook serves as Director – Capital Access for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In this role, Mr. Cook is responsible for managing the MEDC’s effort in supporting Michigan based companies seeking commercial lending from microlending through lower middle market companies. Mr. Cook oversees the Michigan Strategic Fund’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (“SSBCI”) allocation.

 

Mr. Cook received a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. He has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. This experience includes assisting small businesses secure financing through a variety of sources including the support of SSBCI and SBA.

Julius Edwards

Julius Edwards

Julius Edwards serves as the Senior Commercial Real Estate Investment Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, focusing on overseeing the underwriting and structuring of incentives for the Michigan Community Revitalization Program.

 

Mr. Edwards received his B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University. He has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. That experience includes providing creative financing solutions for businesses in various phases of the life cycle, commercial real estate and affordable housing projects.

Douglas Luciani

Doug Luciani joined Cunningham-Limp (C-L) in its Traverse City office in August 2019 as the company’s strategist and liaison to local government, nonprofits, regulatory agencies, business leaders, the media, and others in northern Michigan. 

 

Prior to working at C-L, Doug served as President & CEO of Traverse Connect – the Grand Traverse region’s EDO – and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 17 years.

 

Doug has served on numerous boards and committees within the region and state.  He currently serves on the boards of Munson Medical Center, Grow Michigan Corporation, Michigan Saves, he Great Lakes Sports Commission, and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Michigan.

 

Doug received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Prior to returning to Michigan, Doug was Sr. Vice President for Business Development at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Doug and his wife, Lynne, live in Traverse City, Michigan, and have two daughters. To view his LinkedIn profile, go to www.linkedin.com/in/lucianidoug.