Calley named President of Small Business Association of Michigan

Courtesy of the Small Business Association of Michigan

Brian Calley was named president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM).

Brian Calley

Michigan’s Lt. Governor from 2011-2018, Calley joined the state’s largest small business organization on January 1, 2019 and now heads its communications and government affairs efforts.

Current SBAM president and CEO Rob Fowler will remain the organization’s CEO.
“We could not be happier or more excited to welcome Brian and to work with him in the fight to support Michigan small businesses and the men and women who work for them,” Fowler said.  “Brian has a long and accomplished record of advocating for the interests of small businesses in Michigan.  His experience, vision, and passion make him a perfect choice to lead our organization now and into the future.”

Chad Paalman, CEO of NuWave Technology Partners and SBAM Board Chair added, “Throughout his time in public service, Brian Calley has been a champion for small business.  In this role and with his experience and smart, strategic approach, we know that Brian will serve our members well and help guide SBAM as we tackle future challenges, transitions, and opportunities.”

In 2008, then-Representative Calley was named SBAM’s Legislator of the Year.   As Lt. Governor, Calley worked in partnership with Gov. Rick Snyder to help craft Michigan’s comeback, combining skills acquired from an accomplished private sector career in the financial services industry with a heart for public service.  Calley’s hands-on approach helped guide two historic tax reforms and critical regulatory reform through the Legislature, expanding economic and employment growth in Michigan.
“I am thrilled to advocate for the men and women who open and operate small businesses across our state, and for the individuals who make those businesses run,” Calley said.  “Small businesses power Michigan’s economy, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves again to support them.

“SBAM’s future is exciting and its mission is critical to the success and growth of our state.  I look forward to working with Rob, the board, and small business leaders from every corner of Michigan in the important work that it does.”

For more information on the Small Business Association of Michigan, visit


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