Sylvan Township Supervisor Tom McKernan (left) and township board presented David Seitz (right) with the Citizen of the Year honor on Feb. 5.
photo by Lonnie Huhman

By Lonnie Huhman,

Called an easy decision, the Sylvan Township Board announced the township’s citizen of the year for 2018, at its Feb. 6 meeting.

The honor went to David Seitz.


“This is a high honor,” he said, and thanked the township board and community.

He said considering all of the people doing so much for and in the township, the recognition is humbling as well.

In lead up to the announcement, township supervisor Tom McKernan said this is always exciting and fun. He said they had several applications, but in looking those over they all agreed Seitz was the right pick.

He said Seitz has been dedicated to helping better the township by serving on its planning commission since 2011, in various roles, including currently as its chair.

“He runs an exceptional meeting in guiding the township in our future course for development,” McKernan said.  “He was involved in and very instrumental in putting together the master plan that was approved in 2017. It’s always a pleasure to attend his meetings.”

Outside of the planning commission, Seitz has been with Apple Inc. as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives, where he works with state leaders throughout the Midwest to create innovative strategies aimed at reinventing education.

He’s also the cofounder of one Michigan’s most innovative business meeting and retreat centers called the Think Space.

According to the Think Space website, Seitz lived and worked in Washington D.C. before returning home to lead creative policy development efforts in the Michigan House of Representatives. He’s also served as the chairman of the board for the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

He lives in Sylvan Township with his family. His education background includes a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Michigan.