Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Born in the great city of Ann Arbor, MI (GO BLUE!) Max moved to Suttons Bay from Brighton, MI in the spring of 1993. He spent most of his childhood actively involved in Scouting and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2001. He attended Suttons Bay Schools and graduated in 2004, afterwards attending NMC and attaining his Associates Degree in 2006 with a concentration in engineering. He then transferred to Western Michigan University where he studied and taught Civil Engineering, drafting and design before attaining his Bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a Minor in religion and concentrations in history, engineering, and mathematics. After college, he moved home and began work in banking with JPMorgan Chase. After moving into business banking with Chase Bank in Petoskey, MI for a few years, Max then went into management with Fifth Third Bank. When given the opportunity to move back home to Traverse City, his family seized the chance. Max worked in business development with Fifth Third for the last part of his banking career working with retail, business, commercial, private, treasury management, and automotive segments of the bank. In the fall of 2016, Max completed the Chamber’s Leadership Grand Traverse course that proved to be transformational for his career trajectory. He took over as the Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce on January 13, 2017. As a young Executive, Max has quickly learned the processes and procedures of the Chamber and is working hard to streamline and improve the member experience. His goals for the organization include further collaboration with other Chambers, area businesses, city governments, legislators, and other non-profits to lead growth in business, and build positive, investment ready, sustainable communities in the five-county region.
Max currently lives in Kingsley, MI with his wife Caitlin and daughter Evelyn (4). They spend most of their time travelling on the weekends and volunteering in the community. Max serves on the Board of Directors of Grand Traverse Industries, Traverse City Tourism, and the President Ford Field Service Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the Paradise Township planning commission and is the Chair of the Northern Michigan STEM exploring program. He is an officer of East Bay Masonic Lodge #264 in Williamsburg, MI and sings and plays guitar in “The Drift”, a band based in Harbor Springs, MI.