Larry Alexander was originally appointed by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm in February 2009 to the five-member Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, and is Chairman of the TCF Center Authority. He is President and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 30-year veteran of the hospitality and tourism industry.
Alexander leads an innovative, multi-award-winning convention sales, marketing and convention services effort that has often exceeded CVB industry standards for performance. In 2002 he introduced a 10-year tourism vision for the region and a Tourism Economic Development Council to maintain accountability for that vision. These efforts have led to improved regional beautification; service training of hospitality industry workers; and infrastructure improvements.
Alexander navigated the efforts to land some of the world’s most coveted sporting events, including Super Bowl XL in 2006 and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four. He also created and leads the Detroit Metro Sports Commission, a subsidiary of the bureau responsible for landing the 2003 and 2008 AAU Junior Olympic Games and the 2008 Women’s International Bowling Congress, and for contributing to the successful bid for the 2005 MLB All-Star Game.
Before stepping into his DMCVB role, Alexander was the managing director of the Westin Hotel-Detroit Renaissance Center (now under Marriott ownership), responsible for the marketing and operations of one of the nation’s largest hotels. He also served as general manager of the Westin Miyako in San Francisco, the Westin-O’Hare in Chicago and the Westin Hotel Cincinnati.
Alexander is a board member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Michigan Society of Association Executives, The Parade Company, The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, The Detroit Zoological Society, New Detroit and Forgotten Harvest.
Appointed by: Gov. Rick Snyder - state of Michigan: www.michigan.gov
Appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2021, Alexis Wiley serves as the board’s Treasurer. She is the Principal at Moment Strategies Public Relations in Detroit.
Alexis has served as campaign manager for the 2021 Detroit Mayoral Campaign and Chief of Staff for the City of Detroit from 2014-2020. She was an Emmy Award winning local news reporter from 2009-2014 and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Appointed by: Mayor Mike Duggan - city of Detroit: www.detroitmi.gov
Appointed to the DRCFA by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Marilyn Lane serves as the board’s secretary and assistant Treasurer since 2020. She is a graduate of Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan.
Lane is a native Detroiter and was mayor of Fraser, Michigan from 2003-2007. She was Vice Chairwoman of the Macomb County Charter Commission in 2008 and was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from District 31 in 2010, a seat she held until 2016. In 2013, Lane served on a Michigan House Democrat task force created to help better address the needs of Michigan veterans.
Lane currently lives in Fraser with her husband and child.
Appointed by: Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel - Macomb County: www.macombgov.org
Lisa Canada was appointed to the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans in February 2015. She serves as Chair of the DRCFA Arts Committee and Vice Chair of the DRCFA.
Canada is Political and Legislative Director for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, one of the most active and influential political organizations in the state of Michigan. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with organized labor, politics and government affairs.
Canada grew up in Northern Michigan before moving to Flint. She majored in Political Science at the University of Michigan-Flint.
She was an organizer for Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 24 before becoming Midwest Director of the Organizing Institute at the AFL-CIO national office. Later, Canada became Political Director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951, the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, and Operating Engineers Local 324 before joining the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights in 2012.
Lisa was appointed to the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and re-appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. She is on the Executive Board of Labor’s International Hall of Fame and the Michigan Labor History Society. She sits on the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, where labor and business work together to develop ideas helpful to the well-being of Metro Detroit. She was recently asked by Mayor Mike Duggan’s office to sit on Detroit’s Economic Development Committee.
Canada lives in Royal Oak with her husband and two children.
Appointed by: Wayne County Executive Warren Evans - Wayne County: www.waynecounty.com
JEFFREY LANCE ABOOD
Appointed to the DRCFA by Oakland County Executive David Coulter in 2021, Jeffrey Lance Abood graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University and earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and follows in a long family tradition of serving people as a litigator.
Based in Birmingham Michigan, Jeffrey practices in the areas of family law (including divorce, child custody and support) and criminal defense (including alcohol and drug related offenses and white collar crime).
Appointed by: Oakland County Executive David Coulter - Oakland County: www.oakgov.com