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Tag: David Brandon
The group that used to be Detroit Renaissance is now "Business Leaders for Michigan." Some hype came out about the business plan it endorsed. The Detroit News has its proposal out.
A newly formed coalition of Michigan CEOs announced Thursday it would support extending the sales tax to most services if it is lowered. Business Leaders for Michigan, an expansion of Detroit Renaissance that includes 25 corporate captains from across the state, would cut the 6-percent sales tax rate to make the change initially revenue neutral. But the plan would raise additional revenue in the future as the state continues its shift away from a goods economy and toward a service economy. David Brandon, chairman of the group and CEO of Domino's Pizza, said a "sales tax on services has to be part of the equation" as the state modernizes a tax code built for the 1950s.
The Matt Millen of governors Granholm's got a point. That's because this services tax plan is a Matt Millenesque idea from this group. NO NEW TAXES. I don't care which side it is from. This will factor heavily in my voting plan if David Brandon ever does decide to run for office. No vote here.
Here are the rest of the ideas:
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If you're a reader of the Detroit Free Press, Domino's Pizza CEO David Brandon is heading back into your living room (or den or home office) and this time it has nothing to do with selling pizzas.
Actually, that's not true. It has EVERYTHING to do with selling pizzas.
About a month ago, the Ann Arbor based pizza giant started an ad campaign that sought to capitalize on the growing public distaste with this "bailout" business and featured the Michigan job maker walking down the streets (and onto the front porches) of Washington, DC, offering main street his own form of bail out. Delicious pizza at a cheaper price.
(It should be noted... I am a pizza fiend.)
This morning, instead of specifically hawking his pies, Brandon, also the Chairman of Detroit Renaissance, a nonpartisan organization comprised of the best and brightest business minds in the region, is featured on the editorial page of the Ivory Tower where he takes a swing, not at Congress and Wall Street, but at the politicians in Lansing and the monster of a business tax climate they've created.
And, refreshingly, he doesn't do it with the venom and the vitriol that we're so used to from politicians... he does it by identifying the problems and proposing solutions.
I don't normally do this but I am going to quote the article... ahem... liberally:
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This morning I posted an item about Michigan's own David Bandon starring in a new advertising campaign for the Ann Arbor based Domino's Pizza.
Apparently the King of Shrill, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer wasn't as big a fan of the new ads. In fact, quite to the contrary, Brewer just issued a press release attacking both Brandon, Domino's and each of her thousands of Michigan employees because the CEO dares to be a political conservative... in his free time.
Brewer doesn't just put politics over Michigan jobs and families, he goes as far as suggesting consumers should boycott the Michigan based pizza chain. Because their CEO is a Republican.
Should conservatives boycott the Big 3 because their union employees overwhelmingly support Democrats? Heavens no. This is Michigan. We're all in this together. Or we should be... Brewer... he disagrees.
But the next time the Democrats' top dog wants to run off at the mouth, trying to put a Michigan company out of business he should consider the facts:
Domino's employs almost 500 Michigan moms and dads at their Ann Arbor office alone.
They have over 30,000 people on the corporate payroll nationwide.
Michigan is home to 73 individual Domino's locations, each owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs with each employing anywhere from twelve to twenty people.
That's 1,400 more Michigan jobs.
With over 4,500 franchise-owned stores across the country, Domino's employs about 100,000 Americans.
And those are just the direct jobs. Consider the "spin-off" jobs the company creates. Farms (think millions of pounds of meat, cheese and vegetables), truckers, equipment manufacturers (coolers, ovens, computers, software, uniforms etc.), marketing agencies, box makers, etc etc etc etc. You get the idea.
Then there's that whole "good citizen" thing, too. Just this week this Michigan company gave away nearly 4,000 slices of pizza (500 total pies) to Michiganders waiting in line for tickets to Jay Leno's "comedy stimulus show."
Do those sound like the actions of a CEO and a company that "contribute" to the economic crisis? Or a CEO and a company who've helped?
Brewer's jaw-droppingly offensive (and grammatically painful) release:
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer today criticized Domino's CEO David Brandon's hypocrisy for the company's "Bailout" TV ads unveiled Tuesday evening.
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I watch American Idol. Don't hate. We've got a Michigan guy with an awesome voice and have you seen that Megan Joy? I don't normally go for blonds but yowzah.
Last night, though, the highlight for me wasn't the singing or the results or the Carrie Underwood cameo... it wasn't even Matt Giraud (he was the star on Tuesday, though). The highlight for me was another Michigan guy launching a new national ad campaign... Dave Brandon, CEO of Michigan based Domino's Pizza.
Brandon isn't the first head honcho from a major company jumping into the advertising game but he may very well be the first one to get it right.
Over the last few months we've seen presidents hawking their own goods more than ever before, and often with painfully awkward results. Exhibit A is poor Dan Hesse, the CEO of Sprint. Check this one out...
"This could be the only phone you ever need... ... ... ... ... ... ... Pretty cool, huh?"
No. Not really, Dan.
I haven't done any research but I'm pretty well convinced that is the longest, most uncomfortable pregnant pause in the history of television. The man comes off aloof and superior. Which might work for some of the nation's fanciest, wealthiest people but it really doesn't do much for me. And I already drop a hundred bucks a month for wireless service.
Now compare that to Michigan's own David Brandon.
THAT's more like it. And for the last twelve hours I've been dying for a Domino's pizza.
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