Doug Luciani, Director; TraverseCONNECT
Doug Luciani became Chief Executive Director of TraverseCONNECT in March of 2015. TraverseCONNECT is a new parent enterprise that includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture North Funding & Development, as well as a new entrepreneurial division designed to directly address bottlenecks in the region’s economy. Prior to that, Luciani was President & CEO of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, which had served as the parent enterprise, since January 2003. As leader of the professional staff and overall outcomes for all enterprise entities, Doug serves on numerous boards and committees within the region and state. Doug was raised in Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to returning to Michigan, Doug and his wife, Lynne, lived with their daughters, Olivia and Maria, in the Kansas City area. Doug worked for over 12 years for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the last several years as senior vice president of Business Development and Member Services.