Chamber brings panel of experts together

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce will present a panel of non-profit heavy hitters at its fourth Business Builder Breakfast of 2012, at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

The panel will feature executives from Forgotten Harvest, Habitat for Humanity Detroit, Goodwill Industries and Starfish Family Services. The event, sponsored by Comcast Business Services, will be held at Byblos Banquet Center, 7258 Chase.

The panel of the area’s four non-profit leaders will discuss what businesses can learn from successful non-profits; how businesses can become more mission-driven, money-conscious, performance-driven and management-based; and will present a fourth quarter and 2013 forecast.

Russ Russell is the chief development officer for Forgotten Harvest. In fiscal year 2011-12, Forgotten Harvest became America’s largest food rescue by rescuing a record 42 million pounds of food. Forgotten Harvest recently achieved its sixth consecutive Charity Navigator 4-star rating for sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability, and transparency. Only 3 percent of organizations rated by Charity Navigator have received six consecutive 4-star ratings. Learn more at

Lorna Utley is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries which recently opened a 15,000-square-foot store in Dearborn. Goodwill invested $500,000 and created 25 new local jobs in this new location modeled after the successful Canton Township property, which generated more. For more information go to

Charlene McNary is chief financial officer for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. Habitat for Humanity Detroit recently launched “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit,” a three-year $25 million initiative to engage Detroit’s corporate leaders in revitalizing the city. Learn more at

Paula Brown is chief development officer of Starfish Family Services. Founded in 1963, Starfish Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization that each year helps more than 9,000 adults, children and families. For more information go to

Individual tickets are available ($30 for members; $35 for non-members) as well as corporate tables ($400) by going to