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Michael D. Hayes


Michael D. Hayes

Vice President and Secretary

Michael D. Hayes serves as Vice President and Secretary of the Michigan Baseball Foundation Board of Directors. Hayes founded and operates Main Street Consulting following his retirement as Vice President of Executive Relations for The Dow Chemical Company.

Hayes joined Dow in 1989 in Public Affairs and held a variety of roles within the company over a period of 20 years. He was named Vice President for Global Plastics Issues and Industry Affairs in 2001 and went on to be named Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Public Policy and Advocacy in 2004. In that role, Hayes established government affairs capability for Dow in China and India.

Prior to his employment with Dow, Hayes served four terms as a State Representative in the Michigan Legislature.

Hayes served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and was Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce. Governor Rick Snyder appointed Hayes to the State Transportation Commission for Michigan and to the International Authority overseeing the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. He presently serves as a member of the Midland Downtown Development Authority Board, Midland Tomorrow Board, SVSU Foundation Board and Great Lakes Bay Region Alliance Board of Directors. Mike is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Hayes was recognized in 2009 with an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science and presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Central Michigan University, which is where he earned his BS and MS degrees. In 2008, Midland Tomorrow awarded Hayes the annual Community Partner Award in recognition of his success at bringing together leaders from the private sector, government and the community for economic development.

He and his wife Debbie have two adult children, Jonathan and Benjamin, who are both married, along with two grandchildren, Benjamin Michael and Katherine. Hayes considers the role he played in helping bring the Great Lakes Loons and Dow Diamond to Midland as one of his proudest accomplishments. He takes great pride in attending every Loons game he can.