Northwood Annual Freedom Seminar to Outline Path to Prosperity

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The Annual Freedom Seminar will take place April 11-14.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will host its Annual Freedom Seminar Thursday through Sunday, April 11-14, 2013, at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in the Greektown district of Detroit, MI.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “An Agenda for Progress and Prosperity in Challenging Times.” The topics presented will provide timely, insightful analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing business leaders in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis.

For the first time, opening night will include a “Proven Alumni Panel” discussion with three Northwood University alumni who have dynamically invested in Detroit. John Hantz, Nico Gatzaros, and Jason Huvaere will speak about “A New Day for Detroit.” The panel will be moderated by Detroit’s hometown personality, Frank Beckmann, host of weekday talk show “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR-AM 760.

The Freedom Seminar will address some of the timeliest topics today including reasons for optimism in the American economy, the role of government in a free economy and achieving global competitiveness.

Speakers for the 2013 Freedom Seminar are:

  • Dr. Michael Cox, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and the former chief economist of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Dr. Richard Ebeling, professor of economics at Northwood University and a member of the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Mrs. Barabara Elliott, founder, The Center for Cultural Renewal.
  • Mr. Winston Elliott, president, Center for the American Idea.
  • Mr. Nico Gatzaros, owner, America’s Greenline LED.
  • Mr. John Hantz, president and CEO, Hantz Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Jason Huvaere, president, director of operations, Paxahau Promotions Group L.L.C.
  • Dr. Dale Matcheck, professor of economics and the chair of the economics department at Northwood University.
  • Mr. Maurice McTigue, vice president, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
  • Dr. George Nash, Senior Fellow, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.
  • Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of strategic and corporate alliances and the David E. Fry endowed chair in free market economics at Northwood University.                                             
  • Mr. Herman Pirchner, Jr., president, American Foreign Policy Council.
  • Rabbi Aryea Spero, president & CEO, Caucus for America.
  • Mr. Michael Tanner, senior research scholar, The Cato Institute.
  • Mr. Harry Veryser, professor of economics at University of Detroit Mercy.
  • Mr. Jonathan Williams, director of tax and fiscal policy for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C.

The seminar is open to leaders in business, education, government and members of the general public, including college and university students from outside Northwood University.

According to Dale Matcheck, professor and chair of the economics department at Northwood University, “As our economy continues down the long road to recovery, everyone is looking for answers. The Freedom Seminar is the solution that will outline our economy’s path to prosperity.”

For more information on the opening night panel, contact Christopher Deming 989.859.5546 or For more information on Freedom Seminar content, contact Professor Dale Matcheck 989.837.4256 or or visit the website


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.