Joel D.Tauber

Tauber Enterprises


Joel D.Tauber received his B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.  He is a business executive whose companies currently supply plastic parts to the cosmetic industry and cable to the computer industry.  His previous business activities were in the stainless steel and alloy scrap industry, nuts, bolts & screw industry and plastics supplier to the automotive and computer industry.   Joel also set up a plastic water container manufacturing joint venture with Kibbutz Yakum and has an interest in various hi-tech enterprises through venture capital funds in Israel. 

Joel endowed the University of Michigan’s joint manufacturing program, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, where he spends considerable time with students and faculty.  He also holds responsibility at the University of Michigan with the President’s Advisory Group, the Trustee Growth Fund, Tauber Industry Advisory Board, and the Visiting Committee, Life Science Institute and Taubman Research Institute. 

Joel has been intimately involved in Jewish philanthropy for over fifty years.  He is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of the Jewish Federation of Detroit and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel.  He is on the Executive Committee for Tel Aviv University and on the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Federation of North America of which he is the founding chairman. 

Finally, Joel is President of the Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East (CALME) and is an active member of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group. He was National Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990 and Michigan Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994. Joel received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for United Way Community Service in 2004 and was awarded the University of Michigan Hermelin Award for Fundraising Leadership in 2005 and Distinguished Alumni in 2009.  In 2007, Joel received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

He is married with five children and his 10 grandchildren are his pride and joy.

About Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantageSMProgram provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings.

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Joel Tauber, Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Photographer P. Dattilo, Joel D. Tauber at the 2015 Spotlight! event at U-M
Photographer P. Dattilo, Joel D. Tauber at the 2015 Spotlight! event at U-M with the Whirlpool team