2/15/21 – Former House Speaker Now Leader of Southwest MI Business Group

Former MI House Speaker Lee Chatfield is named as CEO of Southwest Michigan First. Photo courtesy of Southwest Michigan First website. 2/15/21.

Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield will take over as CEO of a consortium of companies committed to job growth in the state.  Southwest Michigan First made the formal announcement of Chatfield as their new leader.   

Chatfield has spent the last six years in office and retired due to term limits.  Before that he was the athletic director and a teacher at the Northern Christian Academy in Burt Lake.   

Southwest Michigan First states on their website that they are committed to advancing business growth and development through job creation, workforce development, and capital investment.   

Chairman Aaron Zeigler is quoted on the agency website as saying Southwest Michigan First experienced incredible leadership and success over the years. Now “we are eager to see Lee grow our company and expand our impact and footprint even more. We believe he has the right vision and work ethic to partner with our team to take us to new heights. We couldn’t be more excited.”