Reagan speaker at Eureka College on Friday

DeWayne Bartels
Michael Maibach, CEO of the European-American Business Council, worked on the report of the Ronald Reagan Commission of Industrial Competitiveness.

Michael Maibach  at 10 a.m. Friday in Eureka College’s Cerf Center will discuss his work with President Ronald Reagan’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness.

Maibach said the work he did as a staffer from the private sector on the commission report in 1983 is as relevant, and maybe, more important today than it was then.

Maibach said when he first approached the work on the commission it was a little over a year into Reagan’s first term. The country was in bad economic health.

As assistant to the founder of Intel Corporation in 1983, Maibach helped write the final report of Reagan’s national commission to review U.S. industrial competitiveness and helped advance policy reform legislation before Congress.

“The president asked a bunch of industrialists to measure U.S. competitiveness and document our shortcomings,” Maibach said.

“The commission came up with nine policy initiatives and congress ignored them.”  

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the report’s release.

The speech

In his presentation at Eureka College, Maibach will review the commission’s key findings, compare performance data to today’s data and review the status of the commission’s nine policy prescriptions.

He also will discuss the European-American Business Council policy goals that align with goals of the Commission on Industrial Competitiveness.

According to the website of The European-American Business Council it is committed to fortifying European Union and US economic investment, innovation, regulatory integration and Trans-Atlantic competitiveness.

“The Trans-Atlantic relationship is the most important commercial partnership in the world. With 11 percent of the world’s people, this market produces 60 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product and 40 percent of its trade. Trans-Atlantic investment, innovation and trade foster prosperity in Europe, the United States and the world,” a summary of the council on the website says.  

The European-American Business Council’s mission is to advance governmental regulatory and policy cooperation between the European Union and the United States.

A Peoria native, Maibach was elected to the DeKalb County Board at age 20. In 1976 he became employed at Caterpillar Inc. as a machine shop foreman. He later became a government affairs manager in Illinois, Washington, D.C., and California, where he opened Caterpillar’s California Government Affairs Office.                                                                                                                                           

In 1983 Maibach went to work for the Intel Corp. to establish its government affairs department and serve as the assistant to Intel co-founder Robert Noyce.

Maibach became a vice president at Intel in 1996.

He was a member of  President George H. W. Bush’s Advisory Committee on Semiconductor.      

Maibach is a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Council on International Economics and the board of trustees of the Witherspoon Institute, which promotes the application of fundamental principles of republican government and ordered liberty to contemporary problems through research and education. He formerly was director of World Affairs Councils in Peoria; San Jose, Calif; Washington D.C.; and the national World Affairs Councils of America Board.  

Maibach is the first speaker in Eureka College’s Ronald Reagan Centennial Series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth next year. Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932.