Governor Rick Snyder

Governor of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder

Grand Keynote Speaker
As Michigan’s 48th Governor, Rick Snyder has implemented a commonsense approach to governing focusing on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.

A self-proclaimed “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective. Since he took office, the state has passed six balanced budgetsearly eliminating a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.

Governor Snyder was raised in Battle Creek wherehis parents demonstrated the value of hard work, which was instrumental in leading the state’s successful comeback.

After graduating the University of Michigan, he joined accounting firm PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). There, he met his wife Sue. They are the proud parents of Jeff, Melissa and Kelsey.

Following a successful career as partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan, cofounding Ann Arbor Spark.

Since Snyder took office, Michigan has created more than 450,000 private sector jobs. Michigan’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest in 15 years.

He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan providing affordable, quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.

With his unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy as one of the great comeback stories in American history.

The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.