Mary Buchzeiger is the president and CEO of Lucerne International, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI. Lucerne produces innovative cast, stamped and forged assemblies. Mary has grown the business exponentially by expanding into three continents and five countries since she took the helm in 2008.
Mary is committed to playing a key role in the continued growth of Michigan’s automotive industry. She believes that by creating and maintaining international relationships and emphasizing the significance of diversity in the workplace, one can inspire innovation leading to advancement. Mary deems the art of negotiation as the single most important skill necessary to succeed in business, and believes in the significance of understanding cultural differences to grow relationships abroad.
Dedicated to philanthropy, Mary feels strongly that giving back to the community is one of the most imperative and rewarding aspects of being a business owner. Mary is an advocate for women empowerment and believes that the automotive industry can benefit from a more diverse talent base. As a WBE certified business owner, Mary is heavily involved in women-focused initiatives such as the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council and Inforum. She also supports non-profit organizations, Winning Futures and The Children’s Center in Detroit, both of which support children’s education with the objective to teach youth practical skills to help them transition into the workforce.
Mary sits on several boards including the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, MICHAuto Steering Committee Board Member with the Detroit Regional Chamber, and Board Advisor of the Detroit Chinese Business Association. In addition, she’s been honored with numerous awards for her work in the automotive industry including Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Manufacturing, National Association of Women Business Owners Top Ten Women in Global Business, and the Business Success Story Award from the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce.