During a conversation with journalists at a Monitor Breakfast, Business Roundtable President John Engler discusses the state of U.S. business."
The Honorable John Engler
John Engler is president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of more than 14 million workers and over $6 trillion in annual revenues.
A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler assumed the leadership of Business Roundtable in January 2011 after serving six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
As BRT president, Engler has helped bring CEO expertise and insights to bear on major challenges facing the United States, including global competitiveness, innovation, economic growth and job creation. BRT-member CEOs lead U.S.-headquartered companies that invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development and generate an estimated $420 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
Business Roundtable has accomplished significant public policy goals during Englerâ€™s tenure as BRT president, including enactment of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea that will expand opportunities for U.S. exports and trade-related jobs. BRTâ€™s leadership on trade has been widely cited by the both White House and Congressional leaders.
Business Roundtable President John Engler discusses his group’s proposal to eliminate tax breaks in order to lower the corporate tax rate to a flat 25%. “I think there is a willingness to be very creative and to be very courageous on this," he argues, "but the key is that the rate has to go low enough to justify it.”