Vice President of Government Relations and Business Development
Doug DeYoung serves as Vice President of Government Relations and Business Advocacy for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance which includes the following chambers; Alpena, Benzie County, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Gaylord, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Petoskey, and Traverse City Area. He is responsible for all aspects of the Alliance’s local, regional, and statewide advocacy for business growth and community development, including maintaining contact with local officials and state legislators. He serves as the point person for political news and information for the Regional Chamber Alliance members. He also works with each Chamber’s Government Relations Committees and members to provide information for the creation of advocacy action plans.
Prior to joining the staff, Doug was a key player in Northern Michigan broadcast television news. He was the News Director for WPBN-WTOM TV 7&4 News, overseeing all aspects of the daily news and editorial coverage for 25 Northern Michigan counties, and was responsible for the newsroom budget and management of a team of 30 employees. Doug led the development of editorial content that received awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press; under his leadership, the news team also earned the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.
Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University and his family has been a part of the Traverse City area since 1938 and operated and owned a retail store in Traverse City for more than 60 years. Doug and his wife, Maureen, have two daughters; they are active as volunteers for many community organizations.