Warren Call Named President and CEO of TraverseCONNECT
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A Traverse City resident with extensive experience in regional finance and economic development is the new President and CEO of TraverseCONNECT.
Warren M. Call, a Vice President and Private Bank Regional Manager for Huntington Bank and Chair of the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corp., will take over at TraverseCONNECT as of March 18. TraverseCONNECT is the regional economic development organization for the Grand Traverse area and parent entity of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture North Funding & Development, the Great Start Collaborative/5toONE Early Childhood Development organization and the for-profit development company TCDI.
“I am extremely excited to take on this important role at such a critical time for our region,” Call said. “I look forward to building on the existing success of TraverseCONNECT to form a comprehensive regional economic development organization.”
Call said his role at TraverseCONNECT will be to lead economic development strategy for the Grand Traverse region to support area businesses, market the region globally and work with local, state and national organizations on critical issues related to economic development.
Call has worked in various capacities and senior leadership roles at Huntington since joining the bank in 2009. Before that he worked as a client advisor for Merrill Lynch in Traverse City, and as a sales manager for Crystal Mountain Resort. He holds a MBA degree in International Finance from St. John’s University in Rome, Italy, and earned his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University.
Call, 39, is involved in several nonprofit and policy organizations that work on business expansion and economic development in Northern Michigan. Beyond his service on the Grand Traverse County EDC, he’s also a founding chair of the 20Fathoms Technology Hub and Incubator in Downtown Traverse City, a co-founder of the Front Street Irregulars group and served as founding board member of the TCNewTech meet-up held monthly at the City Opera House.
Call also serves as the Chair of the Goodwill Northern Michigan board, and on the Rotary Charities Board of Directors, with past service to the Michigan Legacy Art Park, the National Cherry Festival and the American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan. He’s been recognized by the Traverse City Business News’ annual “40 Under 40” list of top local professionals for the past six years. At the Chamber, Call is a past chair of the Young Professionals program (now FUSE) and a graduate of the Leadership Grand Traverse program. He and his wife, Marina, live in Traverse City’s Central neighborhood with children Sofia and Winston.
Call replaces Doug Luciani, who announced his plans to leave the organization last July. Luciani took over as head of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and led its reorganization under the regional economic development organization TraverseCONNECT in 2015.