The Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Reception and Award Ceremony is right around the corner. Take a moment and read about our illustrious honorees. Join us June 13th, 2014 at the Grand Ballroom inside of MGM Grand Detroit at 5:00 p.m. and congratulate them in person. Like us of Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MiChronicle #MCMOE
1. Larry Alebiosu, Owner, Fashion International
Larry Alebiosu is a native of Nigeria and American citizen. He is a distinguished alumnus of Western Michigan University. Through his fearless and confident attitude, he left a successful corporate position in 1990 to pursue his passion for fashion. With limited capital and intelligent calculations he established a retail outfit – Fashion International. Through his hard work and relentless pursuit of the American dream, the little 600 sq. ft. store has become fashion mecca for the highest names in sports, entertainment, politics and businesses across the globe. It is notoriously famous for creating, designing, manufacturing and selling high fashion men’s clothing and accessories. Larry is a believer in zero tolerance for poor customer service; good customer service, better customer service and exceptional customer service are the premiere recipe for longevity in business. Larry has a dynamic personality with a track record of development and managing a wide variety of other significant business projects. 2015 will mark his 25th anniversary as chairman and CEO of Fashion International.
2. Jerome B. Brown, Director of the Contact Center, Health Alliance Plan
Jerome B. Brown is the first of four siblings raised in the city of Detroit by loving parents who instilled work ethics and community minded service. He’s a role model for young people and loves spending time with his family and traveling with his wife.
Brown is the director of the contact center at Health Alliance Plan (HAP). He oversees the operational structure units for customer service interactions for employer groups, members and providers.
Brown’s community involvements include participating as a board of director member on the Historic Boston-Edison Association, vice chairman, Skillman Foundation Condon/Chadsey Community and Faith Community Center C.O.G.I.C. Other associate affiliation includes membership with the National Management Association (NMA) and Organization of Physicians Academics and Executive Leaders (OPAL). With his passion to support working adults pursue of higher education, Brown served as an adjunct instructor at Davenport University for over seven years.
Relaxation and enjoyment comes from his real estate licenses business venture of Risk Management, LLC specializing in real estate investments. Summer enjoyment trips to Cedar Point and active sporting of golfing, skating and skiing.
3. Robert Brown, Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company
Robert Brown is vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering at Ford Motor Company. He is the top safety officer and is responsible for the company’s global sustainability strategy, policy and performance. Brown joined Ford in 1979 as a compliance engineer and has held a variety of leadership positions including environmental regulatory manager in Washington, D.C.; assistant director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office; director of vehicle environmental engineering; and vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering at Ford of Europe.
He currently serves on the Ford Motor Company Fund board of trustees, the board of advisors at UC-Riverside Center for Environmental Research and Technology, the Ann Arbor Community Center Board, and is a director on the Michigan Opera Theatre Board. He also serves on the Wayne State University College of Engineering board of visitors and was inducted into their College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013. Brown’s community commitments include support for the Wayne State University College of Engineering, U-M Dearborn College of Engineering, the Ann Arbor Community Center, the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, Gleaners Food Bank, United Way and the Salvation Army.
4. Dr. Ronald E. Cheek, OBGYN, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Dr. Ronald E. Cheek, M.D., is board certified physician practicing in the specialty of obstetrician and gynecology at the Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital. Cheek graduated from Mackenzie High School in 1962. Upon an honorable discharge from the United States Navy, he attended Wayne State University, where he studied biology and graduated in 1971. He then attended medical school at the University of Michigan and earned his degree in 1975. He has been a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine since 1983. He serves in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Surgical Specialties and is a member of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Furthermore, Cheek was chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mercy Hospital from 1985-1992. He currently serves as the site-director for medical student rotations at Sinai-Grace Hospital. Cheek was recently recognized for his service and mentoring by DMC and Sinai-Grace Hospital for his 40 years of dedication and passion for educating the medical students and Resident education and medical service.
Cheek is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the men’s social group ‘The Moor’s’. In addition, he is also a member and former president of the national golf group, ‘The Nomads’. He founded a golf group named, ‘The Cheek Golf Group.’ Cheek could not have been successful without the blessings of God and his loving wife of 41 years, Johnna. Cheek resides in the city of Detroit with his wife (Johnna) and is a proud father of three children Kelli, Kevin, and Ronald, Jr.
5. Jerry L. Clayton, Sheriff, Washtenaw County
Jerry L. Clayton is in his second term as the sheriff of Washtenaw County. He leads an organization of approximately 420 staff, with a $50 million dollar budget; serving a population of over 347,000 residents within a 720 square mile geographical area.
Sheriff Clayton was hired by the WCSO directly out of college and rose quickly through the ranks, serving as the Commander of Corrections, Police Services and SWAT team before retiring in 2006 after 20 years of service.
Over the last 20 years, Sheriff Clayton has taught for the DOJ National Institute of Corrections and been a primary instructor for the National Sheriff’s Institute. In 2013 Governor Snyder appointed Sheriff Clayton to a 4-year term as a member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and currently serves as chair. He also serves on numerous local boards.
Jerry attended Eastern Michigan University, majoring in public safety administration, the Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command, and the SCH Executive Leadership program. Jerry and his wife, Sybil have been married for 27 years and have three sons Jerry Jr, Jeron and Jalen.
6. Elgin Cooper, Director Corporate Program Management, Health Alliance Plan
A proven program manager with extensive experience in project management and process improvement, Elgin Cooper is the director of the Corporate Program Management office. Cooper and his team of project managers help manage Health Alliance Plan’s corporate portfolio of major projects that support HAP’s five-year strategic plan and mission to “enhance the health and well-being of the lives we touch.”
Prior to joining HAP, Cooper worked for Accenture and Lockheed Martin where he was responsible for information technology and process improvement projects for several Fortune 500 companies and government agencies including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Dedicated to mentoring, stewardship and service, he serves on HAP’s Diversity Committee and has held leadership positions in Accenture’s Diversity Committee for the Michigan office, as well as representing Accenture as a recruitment lead at Michigan State University.
Cooper has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and project management professional certification from the Project Management Institute in 2003.
A native Detroiter, Cooper graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood. He enjoys golf and currently lives in Troy with his wife and two daughters, ages 6 and 8.
7. James E. Craig, Chief of Police, City of Detroit
Chief of Police James E. Craig began his career in law enforcement with the Detroit Police Department in January 1977 and was assigned to the 10th Precinct. Forced to relocate due to department layoffs, Chief Craig began working for the Los Angeles (California) Police Department (LAPD) in January 1981. Chief Craig, after holding several high profile patrol and Investigative positions, ascended the ranks of the LAPD, achieving promotions to the rank of Sergeant I, II, Ill; Lieutenant I, II, and Captain I, II, Ill. During his tenure as a command officer of the LAPD, Chief Craig was responsible for overseeing many of the most violent areas in Los Angeles and was able to achieve tremendous reductions in crime through the implementation of innovative strategy and building strong community partnerships.
After a 28 year career with LAPD, Chief Craig was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Portland (Maine) Police Department on May 4, 2009. During his tenure as Chief of Police, Chief Craig commanded a department of 215 sworn and civilian employees. Chief Craig was credited with reducing violent crime by 10% by utilizing a comprehensive CompStat process which focused on command accountability and problem solving. Chief Craig was also able to enhance the department’s community policing efforts through the development of a Chiefs Community Advisory Board. This board redefined community partnership and was integral in improving the relationship between the police department and the city’s residents.
On August 4, 2011, Chief Craig was selected as the 13th Chief of Police for the Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department. Chief Craig was the first African-American and person outside of Cincinnati to hold the position of Chief of Police for Cincinnati. He was responsible for leading a department of 1,500 swam and civilian personnel. Chief Craig immediately facilitated significant organizational structural change with an emphasis on improving the department’s service delivery model and overall effectiveness. Under Chief Craig’s leadership, the morale of the rank and file was greatly improved, which equated to an increase in the officers’ overall productivity and performance. Chief Craig prioritized the need for the officers to proactively address neighborhood quality of life issues and overall crime in the community.
On July 1, 2013, Chief Craig was appointed as the 42nd Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department (Michigan), bringing Chief Craig’s law enforcement career full circle. Chief Craig will be leading a department of 2,800 swam and civilian personnel. Chief Craig has said that his top priorities are to abate and reduce violent crime and to increase the morale of the rank and file. Chief Craig will be conducting a comprehensive analysis of the department from “top to bottom” and rapidly begin to effectuate changes with the goal of making the DPD a gold
standard in policing throughout the country.
Chief Craig has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from West Coast University and a Master of Management degree in Public Administration from University of Phoenix. He has also started coursework in a Doctoral program at the University of Phoenix. Chief Craig is also a graduate of the esteemed Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
8. Arthur Dudley II, Shareholder, Butzel Long
Arthur Dudley II is a shareholder and practicing attorney in Butzel Long’s Detroit and New York offices. He is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D.), Yale University (M.A.) and Harvard College (B.A.).
Dudley has extensive experience in nearly all aspects of corporate law and has practiced for more than 35 years. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, representation of emerging growth companies and minority business enterprises, and general corporate representation.
Dudley has participated actively in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the Detroit area. He currently serves as a director, secretary and general counsel of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, and is a director and former chairperson of the Legal Aid and Defender Association. Dudley previously participated in the Black United Fund of Michigan, where he served as a director and chair of the board, the Detroit Urban League, where he served as a director and vice chair of the board, and the One Stop Capital Shop, where he served as a director and chair of the board.
Mr. Dudley is married to his wife of 42 years, Doreen, and has two adult sons, Rick and Alex.
9. Pastor Robert O. Dulin, Jr., Board Chair, Franklin Wright Settlements
Pastor Robert O. Dulin, Jr. is pastor emeritus of the Metropolitan Church of God in Northwest Detroit, where he served for 35 years. A graduate of Anderson University (BA) and of Central Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), he is currently regional pastor for the Churches of God in Southeastern Michigan. Prior to coming to Metropolitan in February, 1974, he was national director of family life and adult education for his denomination.
Pastor Dulin’s ministry has taken him throughout United States and to countries in Europe, Africa and South America. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Franklin Wright Settlement, Youth Development Commission, MOSES and the Midnight Golf Program. He has received numerous awards and in May 2005 he received the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity from Anderson University.
In addition to his devotion to his family, Pastor Dulin is committed to work and fellowship with all persons of good will. He receives his greatest satisfaction helping others achieve their highest potential. Developing meaningful relationships with people is one of his highest priorities and cherished values.
10. Bennie W. Fowler, Group Vice President, Global Quality and New Model Launch, Ford Motor Company
In his current role as group vice president, global quality and new model launch, Bennie has responsibility for driving quality processes and discipline throughout the design and production of Ford vehicles. He also leads new model launches globally and ensuring alignment with product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and marketing.
With more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Fowler has held key positions in the heart of the company’s business operations. Past leadership roles have included vice president, advanced & manufacturing engineering, chief operating officer of Jaguar Land Rover, executive director, North American product development and director, North American manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Ford in 1990, Bennie held various manufacturing management assignments at Chrysler and General Motors.
He is the founder of Powerstroke Athletic Club, an after-school youth organization based in Southfield, Michigan. Powerstroke’s mission is to develop positive characteristics and values in youths through hard work, discipline, education and relationships. Fowler is also a member of the Board of Directors for Beaumont Hospitals, a Michigan regional health care provider in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.
Fowler, a native of Augusta, Ga., holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and an MBA in operations management from Indiana University
11. Maurice D. Evans, Elite School Management, CEO and DSLA, CAO
Maurice D. Evans, business owner and entrepreneur is one of the founding board members for Detroit Service Learning Academy (“DSLA”). As the founding board chair, Evans commanded and guided the development of a board of directors who were successfully engaged in the task and challenge of board governance. From the Academy’s inception Evan’s leadership resulted in the Academy becoming a flagship of Michigan Public Academies and the Michigan Department of Education’s first School of Excellence.
Evan’s wealth of knowledge coupled with his business acumen and management expertise of more than 25 years has been the foundation of his success. Not only is he a business maverick but also his compassion for the community and passion for children has motivated him to start the Elite foundation, a non-profit organization.
Currently Maurice Evans is the CAO of Detroit Service Learning Academy and the founder and CEO of Elite School Management, Michigan’s premier school management authority.
12. Chauncy Glover, Reporter, WDIV TV 4
You could call Emmy Award winning journalist, Chauncy Glover a real Southern Gentleman. He was born and raised in Athens, Alabama and has worked on air in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He left Florida’s sunny beaches to come to Michigan’s snowy winters in December 2011.
Chauncy came to WDIV Local 4 from Action News CBS 47 and Fox 30. There he was a special projects and General Assignment reporter, noted for breaking several exclusive stories, including landing a national exclusive with the “Hollywood Hacker,” Christopher Chaney who was arrested and has only admitted to Chauncy to hacking into the email accounts of A-list celebrities including Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera. You can catch the 28 year-old reporting every night on Local 4 News at 11. From local news to national news, Chauncy covers it. He’s always on the big stories! He covered the Sandy Hook Massacre and also reported live from Cleveland as three women held in captivity for ten years were freed.
Chauncy has won several awards for his work, being recognized by the Associated Press and was recently nominated for three Emmy’s, in the Best Spot News, Best Continuing Coverage and Best Reporter Live categories. He is a sought after motivational speaker, playwright and author.
His current writing projects include a book based on the sudden, tragic loss of his younger brother, Marchas, entitled “Growing up Glover.” Chauncy is a big family man! His parents are his best friends
13. Jason Gumbs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Comcast Cable
Jason serves as vice president for Comcast’s four-state Heartland Region, which includes Michigan. He is responsible for building and executing the sales and marketing strategies to drive subscriber growth, while balancing that growth with achievement of the company’s financial objectives.
Before joining the Heartland Region leadership team, Jason served as vice president of product sales for Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region. In this role, he led the region’s operations for direct sales, customer service centers, retail sales and multiple-dwelling units. Prior to this, he served as Area Vice President of the Greater Chicago Region’s West Area.
Jason has more than 20 years’ experience in the marketing and sales of products and services in leading-edge technology companies like Chicago’s Multimedia Convergence Group and Black Dog Design Agency. He began his career after earning a Bachelor of Science in communications studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
14. Eddie L. Hall, Jr., Owner, Royal Oak Ford
Eddie L. Hall Jr. began his adventure in the automotive world as a lot attendant in 1967 at Bauer McDonald Motors on Livernois in Detroit Michigan. He then advanced to a being sales associate in 1969, acquired his first business loan from the Small Business Administration in 1976 and purchased Bauer McDonald Motors. After ten years as a successful automotive sales business owner, he was approached and offered an opportunity to bring his experience to a new level when in 1986 he purchased Briarwood Ford in Saline Michigan. He purchased Royal Oak Ford in Royal Oak Michigan in
2005 and increased their sales to consistently be in the top 100 Ford dealers nation wide. His most recent acquisition was Vicksburg Chrysler in May of 2013. Eddie comes from a large family of nine siblings, all sisters, who shared a very small house in Detroit. His mother struggled to provide all the necessities for such a large family but together they survived. This only strengthened his determination to succeed. He has a true love for the automotive industry and great pride in his Ford ownership.
15. Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit
Melvin “Butch” Hollowell is the corporation counsel for the City of Detroit. Prior to his appointment, he was Detroit’s Chief Legal Officer; Director of City’s Law Department. He is currently a member of the City of Detroit Election Commission, board of trustees, City of Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System. Hollowell is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, life member of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference and many others. He is a recipient of the Wolverine Bar Association President’s Award – the Association’s highest honor. He also received the “Spirit of Detroit” award. He is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Law, Albion College and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. In his free time, Hollowell enjoys playing the acoustic guitar and tennis, traveling. He also participates in service missions to Port au Prince, Haiti.
16. Christopher T. Jackson, Partner, Queen Lillian Development LLC
Christopher T. Jackson is a native Detroiter; he is a graduate from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History and Arabic Studies. Chris attended the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Law for two years and is very committed to community activism.
Chris has expanded his business interest to include commercial real estate development. Chris is currently the managing partner of Queen Lillian Development, LLC. Queen Lillian has recently developed a $20 Million Dollar, 63,000 sq. ft. medical office building in the heart of Mid-town Detroit. Queen Lillian was founded four years ago to develop commercial real estate within the City of Detroit. Queen Lillian’s new state of the art office building has Wayne St. Medical School as its tenant for the next 25 years. Queen Lillian Development plans to break ground in October of this year on its new venture, a $30 Million Dollar, 75,000 Square foot mixed use retail professional building to be located in the heart of Midtown Detroit located on Woodward Ave.
Married for seventeen years to Lisa Williams Jackson, they are the proud parents of two sons; Christopher T. Jackson II and Matthew William Jackson.
17. Harold T. Jones, Director of Security Police and Emergency Management Coordinator for the East Region St. John Providence Health System
If you’ve ever had a mental image of what a top-notch professional FBI agent should look like, it’s Harold Jones. He not only looks the part, he spent 25 years as an FBI special agent investigating white-collar crime, organized crime and other criminal violations. Becoming a law enforcement officer was a childhood dream which came true when he joined the Detroit Police Department in his early twenties. Five years later he joined the FBI and had a distinguished career that included numerous commendations for meritorious service and valor.
Today, Harold is director of security police and emergency management coordinator for the East Region of St. John Providence Health System, including St. John Hospital, St. John Macomb-Oakland and several outpatient facilities. After more than 10 years with St. John, Harold makes it a point to advise his officers who come from a police background to make the “mental adjustment” from enforcement of laws to support and compassion for patients and families. The married father of three children and grandfather of two, he still finds time for golf and amateur photography.
18. Odis Jones, Executive Director, The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit
Odis Jones is chief executive officer for the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. Jones has more than 20 years of leadership experience in cities throughout the Midwest. Before assuming this position he was the economic development director for the City of Cincinnati. In that role, Jones was responsible for leading the city’s mission and method of economic development and serving as the primary contact for employers, investors, small business and developers. Prior to his service in Cincinnati, Jones was director of urban and site development for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), where he oversaw two Urban Fund opportunities in excess of $200 million. He also served as a leading community development expert within central Ohio and was city manager for several cities within the Midwest, where he received accolades and awards for his successful management and development of municipal operations. While serving as city manager, Odis managed municipal utilities including a municipal electric system.
Jones has been honored as the “Public Sector Developer of the Year” by the Mid Ohio Development Exchange, which represents the Columbus metropolitan area. He also was recognized as a “Leading Executive” in Columbus by Business First, a Columbus business publication, and as a “40 and Under Executive of the Year” in the Columbus metropolitan area. He also has been a recipient of a State of Michigan Achievement Award for implementing a model workforce development program called “Breaking Through the Barriers.”
Odis Jones is a native of Detroit who grew up on Detroit’s east side, attending Lillibridge Elementary School, Joy Middle School and Osborn High School. Jones holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.
19. Tyrone Jordan, Executive Assistant to the President, Central Michigan University
Tyrone Jordan, executive assistant to the president of Central Michigan University, is responsible for bridging CMU and metro Detroit. Jordan advises the university regarding corporate, government and community relations, building relationships with those interested in higher education and the development of young people.
In addition to its Mount Pleasant campus, CMU serves more than 4,000 students at seven educational centers in metro Detroit. Under Jordan’s direction, CMU has opened a Detroit office on Woodward across from Campus Martius.
Jordan’s personal mission is to ensure each young American, regardless of race, creed, color or nationality, receives a quality education. During his tenure in admissions at CMU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Hope College, minority enrollment increased significantly. Jordan also worked with the late Congressman George W. Crockett, Jr.
Jordan graduated from Chadsey High School in Detroit and the University of Detroit Mercy and attended Bowdoin University in Maine as a President Jimmy Carter College One Fellow.
Jordon sits on the boards at Detroit Promise, Results Mentoring, Area Aging Collaborative and the Michigan Parade Company. Tyrone and his wife, Ronda, have three sons, Tyrone Jr., Armand and Nicholas.
20. Alan Lee, Morning Anchor, Fox 2 News Detroit
Alan Lee began his award-winning journalism career at the acclaimed Purdue University newspaper, The Exponent, where he rose to the position of sports editor. After earning his journalism degree, became a sports reporter for the V.I. Daily News in sunny St. Thomas, USVI. His stint in the Islands became a crash course in mastering multimedia, where Alan also juggled jobs as a nighttime radio disc jockey and sports director of St. Thomas’ CBS television station, WBNB-TV. The rich flavor of island life provided one of the many fascinating future backdrops for the characters of his debut espionage thriller Sandstorm, which was published in June.
Alan returned to his hometown of Chicago where he worked as an assignment desk editor for powerhouse NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV. After a stint in sports at the WEHT-TV in Evansville, Indiana, Alan accepted a newly created co-anchor position on the morning show of Washington, D.C’s NBC station, WRC-TV.
Eventually, Alan was cajoled away from the Capital to become the morning anchor at Detroit’s Fox station, WJBK-TV. Alan has helped build Fox 2 News Morning into a ratings juggernaut, by combining his signature blend of seasoned journalism with an uncanny knack for making every guest, from politicians to entertainers, feel welcome and at ease.
21. Jason D. Lee, Executive Director, DAPCEP
In 2004, after a diverse engineering career at Ford Motor Company, Jason D. Lee accepted the position as the executive director of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). Under his leadership, DAPCEP continues its 38-year history of STEM educational programming by serving over 4,000 students annually. Students are provided critical exposure, preparation and motivation to succeed in post-secondary education and/or STEM careers. In addition to DAPCEP’s nationally recognized Saturday, in-school and summer programs, Lee secured the necessary resources for single gender high school programs and an early childhood education program. DAPCEP now provides educational programming for young people from Pre-K to 12th Grade. Lee has received numerous awards & recognitions including: Lawrence Technological University’s Leaders & Innovators Award and Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40. Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has successfully completed the National Urban Fellows: America’s Leaders of Change and Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives Non-Profit Management program. Jason resides in Southfield, Michigan with his wife (Nicole) and 2 children.
22. Aubrey W. Lee, Jr., Senior Resident Director First Vice President Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Aubrey W. Lee, Jr. served on the Diversity Advisory Council to Management at Merrill Lynch from 2004 until 2006 as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Council in 2010 whereby by he provided insight and ideas to senior management at Merrill Lynch in terms of matters surrounding diversity. In 2010 Aubrey was recognized for his work on the Diversity and Inclusion Council.
In addition to his work at Merrill Lynch, Aubrey is very active within the metropolitan Detroit community. He is a graduate and past trustee of the Leadership Detroit program. He is a past board of director member of the Detroit Urban League, past president of the National Association of Securities Professionals-Detroit chapter. Aubrey led Kingdom Advisors for 2 years. Aubrey and his family were part of the effort to deliver 2 million meals to families around the world in 2014. Aubrey was recognized with the Father/Son Footsteps award from the YMCA and the Community Service award for the Detroit Urban League.
Aubrey, a lifelong Detroiter is married and has four children and two grandsons.
23. Adrian Lewis Sr., Store Director, Meijer, Inc.
Adrian Lewis Sr. is a professional with over 25 years of leadership experience in Big Box and Specialty retail. He’s operated retail stores in many urban areas including New York City, Memphis, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. He was selected as the store director of Meijer’s first store in the city of Detroit in 2013; Adrian embraced the challenge by quickly moving his residence to the Detroit Metro Area from Cincinnati. He’s engaged in community activities and understands the needs of the communities in which he serves. Focused on jobs and fresh foods; Adrian personally interviewed/hired over 500 employees with the majority being from the city of Detroit. Adrian has developed strong partnerships in Metro-Detroit. He’s heavily involved with local food banks/pantries, faith-based groups, and civic organizations.
Adrian’s professionalism exudes throughout the entire building and pours into the community. Customers appreciate Adrian’s commitment to providing a clean, fresh, and friendly environment consistently. Adrian ensures that they leave the Meijer-Detroit “Highly Satisfied.”
Adrian is passionate about working with those who value cultural diversity, service, collaboration, sustainability, spirituality, integrity, and have a burning desire to live purposefully. He lives by the motto, “The Spirit of The Leader is The Spirit of The Team”.
24. Jack Martin, Emergency Manager, Detroit Public Schools
Jack Martin is a respected public servant who brings decades of public and private sector expertise in finance and public education to Detroit Public Schools. A practicing Certified Public Accountant for nearly 40 years, Martin is the founder and chairman of Martin, Arrington, Desai & Meyers, P.C., Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. He has served three U.S. Presidents in positions including chief financial officer/chief acquisition officer/chief procurement officer for the U.S. Department of Education, and as acting director of the U.S. Selective Service System under President George W. Bush.
In May 2012, Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Snyder named Martin chief financial officer of the City of Detroit. In July 2013, Governor Snyder appointed Martin as Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools.
Martin’s exemplary record of community service in Detroit spans decades and includes serving on and chairing the boards, finance committees and executive leadership of numerous nonprofit institutions, including Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Alzheimer’s Association-Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Opera Theatre. He is most proud of the fact that he is a product of Detroit Public Schools
25. Sterling Massey, Owner and Agent, Massey State Farm Insurance Agency
Sterling Massey was born and raised in Detroit.
He currently lives near Grand Rapids with his wife and three children. After earning degrees in social work and family therapy, Sterling worked as a social worker for 23 years. He was named Child Care Worker of the Year for Ingham County Juvenile Court (Lansing); The first Foster Care Trainer/Recruiter at Starr Commonwealth’s Detroit Campus. He helped develop the mental health assessment protocols for the Kent County Correctional Facility (Grand Rapids). He was also an addictions treatment consultant for the Michigan Department of Corrections, director of treatment services for Project Rehab Inc., and an adjunct instructor at Phoenix University Grand Rapids Campus
Sterling purchased Voyages Coffee Shop near Grand Rapids in 2005. He quadrupled revenues in 2 years and he formed Massey State Farm in 2009. Sterling founded Financial Stewardship Ministries in 2010. The organization teaches healthy financial planning using the bible as its guide -Free of charge.
Sterling is a board member of The Thompson Institute, a Grand Rapids Chamber “CEO Round Table” steering committee member, a Charter member of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce
26. Frank McGhee, Program Director, Neighborhood Service Organization Youth Initiatives Project
Frank McGhee, Program Director at Detroit-based Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO), leads the nonprofit’s Youth Initiatives Project, an ongoing program that provides leadership and advocacy training related to the prevention of violence and substance abuse.
Frank is a youth advocate who mentors and coaches young leaders, as part of the program, to educate their peers about the incidence of violence in the city and ways to prevent it. Under his leadership, teen boys and girls become catalysts for change by improving attitudes about violence and drugs.
The Detroit native, who attended Cass Technical High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University, joined NSO in 1994. He was drawn to the human services agency’s history of community activism and neighborhood empowerment programs.
He assisted youth leaders with forming the Youth Initiatives Project in 1999, when youth across the city advocated for improved policies addressing safety concerns involving children. YIP is recognized as one of the premier youth-led programs in Detroit.
He lives on the city’s east side with his wife, Kelly. The couple’s daughter, Mariama, attends Eastern Michigan University majoring in journalism.
27. Glenn McIntosh, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Oakland University
Glenn McIntosh, M.A., L.P.C, is interim vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Oakland University. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet and oversees the development and daily operations of all student recruitment and retention support services and facilities. Prior to this appointment he served as assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of student life. He founded the national award winning Trustee Academic Success Scholarship Program.
An inspirational leader on campus and in the community, McIntosh assists youth and adults with a wide variety of academic, behavioral, emotional, financial and family-related challenges. In his motivational book, “It’s Time to Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” he reminds readers that they have the power to achieve their dreams.
An avid bodybuilder and former Mr. Michigan, McIntosh is active in a number of community organizations, including the American Heart Association, Next Generation Fit Kids, Success Mile Academy, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Little Rock Baptist Church Christian Education Board.
A Detroit native, McIntosh graduated from Western High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and his master’s degree from Wayne State University. He is also a licensed professional counselor.
28. Darrell Middleton, Executive Vice President, Operations and Business Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shields of Michigan
Darrell Middleton is executive vice president, operations and business performance for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. A seasoned senior executive, he has led and continues to lead efforts to ensure BCBSM’s preparation for a new normal driven by health reform. This includes orchestrating initiatives that involve and connect people, processes, technology and service.
Middleton oversees operational functions including information technology, enrollment, billing and claims processing as well as customer service and program management. He leads corporate efforts to improve business performance through cost and operational efficiencies. Under his leadership, BCBSM has created a sustainable workplace culture based on high performance and accountability.
Additionally, human resources and corporate financial investigations report to Middleton.
He came to the Blues in 2006 as a senior vice president. Prior to that, Middleton was a group vice president for the controls business at Johnson Controls Inc. He also has held executive leadership positions at Honeywell and PepsiCo.
Middleton is active in his church and also serves on boards of The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan and Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
He is a graduate of Kent State University with degrees in business and industrial management. Middleton and his wife, Lynn, have three children.
29. Minister Troy Muhammad, Detroit Representative of Minister Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam
Minister Troy Muhammad serves as the Detroit representative of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and Minister at The Historic Muhammad’s Mosque #1 representing the city of Detroit in which The Nation of Islam was founded. He has been married for 15 years, and is a father of four children. Born and raised in Detroit he has found numerous ways to give back. His main focus is the deliverance of The Life Giving Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad as instructed by Minister Louis Farrakhan. He has worked in the prison ministry supplying suits to returning citizens through a company that he helped establish called Muhammad’s Closet. He has supplied over 200 jobs to formerly incarcerated men while equipping them with life skills. As minister of Muhammad Mosque #1 he leads a respected Muslim community that works in the streets of Detroit feeding and clothing the needy, manhood training, woman programs, and community development. He has received many rewards and honors such as The Spirit of Detroit Award, and was recognized by the County Of Wayne and The Governor’s Office.
30. Carl Norris, Managing Partner, Global Consulting, Inc.
Carl is a native of Detroit. He attended Detroit Public Schools until his sophomore year when he received the Horizon Upward Bound scholarship to Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills. He graduated from Cranbrook and went on to graduate from Morehouse College with a dual degree in accounting and finance. In 1998 after 15 years of honing his skills in accounting and finance he ventured into the world of staffing providing top level accounting and finance resources on a contractual basis. In December of 2000 Carl decided to joined forces with Arthur Gluzman to form the Global Consulting team, where as managing partner Carl heads up the project and staffing divisions. In 2008 Carl accepted the position of CFO of Victory Baptist Church International where he is also a founding member. In 2014, the Morehouse Alumni Association along with other Detroit Leaders formed the Morehouse Foundation 501(C3), for which Carl has been elected board chairman. The foundation gives young men access to educational opportunities beyond high school. Carl is also a participant in the “Leaders Who Care” program at Cranbrook schools. This event brings together leaders from throughout the Detroit Metro area to counsel kids on the profession of their dreams.
31. Steve Ogden, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs, Rock Ventures LLC
Steve Ogden is the director of corporate and government affairs for Rock Ventures LLC, an umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration for Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies and investments. Most recently, Steve has played an integral role on the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, where he is assisting in developing a plan to efficiently eradicate blight in the city of Detroit
Ogden is responsible for coordinating local government affairs that affect the efforts of Rock Ventures and the Family of Companies’ work in downtown Detroit. In addition, Ogden assists the acquisitions and finance teams, focusing on tax credits and other public financing incentives.
In 2008 Ogden was appointed president of the Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, a non-profit 501©3 initiative designed to collaborate with the city and the philanthropic community to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life of residents.
Ogden also serves or has served as a board member to many local non-profit and community-based organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Music Hall for Performing Arts, Detroit Discovery Museum, and the Eastside Emergency Center, Inc.
Ogden is a graduate of Michigan State University where he studied public policy. Ogden is also an ordained elder at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Detroit.
32. Solon M. Phillips, Esq., Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Wayne County Executive
Solon M. Phillips, Esq. was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He is a proud graduate of the Pontiac School System. Solon graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Solon currently serves as the deputy chief of staff to the Wayne County Executive. In this role, he helps craft policy decisions on behalf of an organization that services 1.8 million residents and employs 3,200 people.
In 2008, Solon attended the Democratic National Convention as a part of the Michigan delegation. He continued his work for the Democratic Party in 2012, serving as the Detroit lead for Generation Forty Four, the official young professionals fundraising program of Obama for America. Solon is also a past president and board member of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Solon was an 8th grade history teacher in the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public School System. He remains passionate about young people and his commitment to programs that provide them with opportunities for growth and development.
33. Stanley H. Pitts, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Stanley H. Pitts, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department and a litigation attorney. His practice focuses on the defense of employers facing labor and employment challenges. Pitts defends individual and class action lawsuits at the state and federal level and he provides assistance during administrative agency investigations. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience on behalf of public and private employers, having served as lead counsel in numerous high-stakes employment discrimination trials and complex litigation matters.
Pitts is a member and previous chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and a member of its Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel. He is also a member of the Wolverine Bar Association and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association. In addition, he is a case evaluator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Labor Panel. Pitts is also active in the community and has been a member of the board of directors for the Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc. since 2009.
34. Rasul M. Raheem, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America
Rasul M. Raheem, senior vice president & assistant general counsel in the Legal Department of Bank of America. Practicing law 30 years, expertise is commercial litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters. Rasul was in the legal departments of Michigan National Bank and LaSalle Bank Corporation. He has two published federal court decisions, National Union Fire Insurance Company, et al v Standard Federal Bank, 309 F. Supp. 2d 960 (E.D. Mich. 2004), and BCM Electronics v LaSalle Bank, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12773, 59 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 280 (N.D. Ill. 2006). Rasul is an adjunct law professor.
President of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and the Straker Bar Foundation. He is on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the NBA Commercial Law Section. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he has a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws in corporate and finance law from Wayne State University Law School. Rasul is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate, is married to Antoinette Raheem, an attorney, and has four children.
35. E. Robert Royster, Senior Associate Director, James H. Cole Home For Funerals
E. Robert Royster is a native Detroiter from the Conant Gardens section of Detroit. He attended Oakwood University an HBCU in Huntsville, Alabama majoring in pre-mortuary science. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. Royster is currently senior associate director at James H Cole Home For Funerals. He is president of Karved’N’Stone a company specializing in life and after life products.
Royster is known for the red rose made into his suit lapels which he wears in memory of his daughter, a University of Michigan senior who was an innocent victim of gun violence. As a result Royster partnered with Director of the Day Youth Development, a program that focuses on directing lives and not funerals offering mentors, tutors, SAT/ACT testing preparation in early grades, working with pastors and educators to prevent youth from ending up in prison or on embalming tables prematurely.
Royster is a sought after speaker, addressing schools, churches, youth and adult audiences motivating them to action. His ultimate goal is saving a generation one student at a time.
36. Marvin Rushing, Vice President & Manager, Detroit District of Banking Centers, Comerica Bank
Marvin Rushing is vice president of Comerica Bank’s Detroit banking center group. In this position Marvin oversees the operation of Detroit banking centers, and is responsible for business development, customer retention/growth, revenue growth, increased market share, customer and employee satisfaction. Marvin is a recognized leader for managing successful teams with consistent development of his staff through proactive coaching and leadership.
Marvin is a member of Comerica’s African America Network leadership council. C.A.A.N.’s mission is to foster an environment where African-American colleagues may succeed, improving the quality and quantity of the bank’s business relationships in the African-American Community, and enhancing the bank’s image in the African-American Community. He is also a member of Comerica’s Asian Indian Initiative. He is currently serving as co-chair of this year’s UNCF 26th Annual Walk for Education. Marvin was recognized in Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2012. Marvin serves as a mentor and youth volunteer athletic coach.
Marvin is a member of the Detroit Economic Club. He is a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools having attended Cass Technical High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University.
37. Tyrone D. Sanders Jr., Esq. , Partner, Public Affairs Associates, LLC
Tyrone D. Sanders Jr., Esq. was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Detroit Renaissance High School graduating in 1987, and thereafter received his undergraduate degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University in 1992. Tyrone began serving his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve from which he was honorably discharged in 1997.
After graduation, Tyrone spent four years serving as the Legislative Aide to State Senator Virgil Clark Smith. While under the tutelage of this respected legislator, Sanders developed a passion for politics. Also while with Senator Smith, Sanders pursued his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. There, he distinguished himself as a member of Cooley’s National Moot Court Team, and was elected to represent his classmates in the Student Senate and on the Alumni Board of Governors.
In his free time, Tyrone does pro bono legal work and actively participates in other worthwhile causes, including business, civic, social and political organizations. In addition, he has served on various boards and commissions, including: Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce (President), Detroit Workforce Development Board (Vice-Chair), Southfield Community Foundation (Board Chair), just to name a few.
Tyrone and his wife Tanisha have three wonderful children – Lauryn, Bryce and Ayden. Also, they are active members of Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church in Dewitt, MI.
38. Tony Saunders, Director, Conway MacKenzie, Inc.
Prior to joining Conway Mackenzie, Tony Saunders served as emergency manager to the city of Benton Harbor. During his tenure, he eliminated the city’s accumulated deficit and reduced general fund spending approximately 30%.
Before his appointment, he served as an advisor to the Michigan
Department of Treasury, providing financial and strategic planning services to the City of Highland Park.
While at the City of Highland Park he collaborated with the Mayor and City Council to convert a projected general fund-operating deficit of $1.3M into a general fund-operating surplus of $850k.
Prior to his role with the Michigan Department of Treasury, Saunders served as chief of staff to Detroit City Council member Saunteel Jenkins.
While serving as chief of staff, he developed and lobbied the establishment of a pension reform ordinance to reduce city expenditures on annuity payments and prohibit the distribution of excess earnings. Saunders also served as senior advisor to the Detroit City Council President. As an advisor to the Council President, he provided input and insight on major contracts, budget, pension, and labor issues.
39. State Senator Virgil K. Smith, Michigan State Senator, District 4
State Senator Virgil K. Smith was born and raised in Detroit. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Michigan State University, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002.
Smith served for three consecutive terms as a State Representative, where he chaired the Insurance Committee, overseeing a bi-partisan body of 17 legislators.
Smith has been hailed for his: Strong ability to develop and maintain relationships with key individuals and organizations in both Lansing and Detroit; skill in influencing policy, and expansive knowledge of the governmental infrastructure on the local, state, and federal levels.
Elected in 2010 with over 55% support in the Democratic Primary and over 95% support in the General Election, State Senator Smith currently represents the 4th Senate District.
He recently earned a masters’ degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.
His notable legislative accomplishments include the successful sponsorship and passage of public acts that: provide home improvement grants to 26 Detroit neighborhoods; fight blight; and reform Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
His hobbies include raising his Bullmastiff, named Job.
40. Thomas F. Stallworth III, State Representative, Michigan House of Representatives, District 7
Representative Thomas Stallworth currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives and holds the distinction of chairman of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and the Detroit Caucus as well as sitting on the House Democratic Leadership Team. A lifelong Detroiter from a family with a long tradition of public service, he has spent his career working to improve the quality of life for all Detroit residents. He also currently serves as the vice chair of the powerful Energy and Technology Committee and is a member of the Health and Education Policy Committees.
As a legislator Rep. Stallworth has been a champion for wrap around support services for students, childhood lead poisoning prevention, energy affordability and access to healthcare for the thousands of uninsured citizens in Michigan. With a “get to the point/ stay on point” style, he has marshaled state resources for his District to help neighborhood stabilization and foreclosure efforts, youth violence prevention, and employment.
He is the proud father of 4 and grandfather of 2 children who inspire his commitment to providing a safe, secure and prosperous future for Michigan.
41. Larry E. Steward, Vice President, Human Resources, DTE Energy
Larry E. Steward is the senior vice president of Human Resources for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based company serving three million electric and gas utility customers in Michigan and involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses nationwide.
As chief human resources officer, Steward, is responsible for talent management, organizational effectiveness, total compensation, labor relations, and workplace health and safety strategies that shape and support corporate business strategies. Prior to DTE Energy, Steward served as corporate vice president of human resources at Invacare Corp., in Ohio, and in human resources leadership positions at Cleveland-based LTV Steel Co. and Mellon Bank Corp. in Pittsburgh.
Steward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College and a law degree from The University of Toledo College of Law. He is on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and is a member of the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and DTE Energy Foundation.
Steward also serves on the HR Policy Association Board of Directors and, in 2012, was named a Fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources.
42. Mark Stewart Tillman, General President, Alpha Phi Alpha, Incorporated
As the leader of one of the oldest service-oriented organizations founded by African-American men, Mark Stewart Tillman has dedicated over two decades of service to making the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity a positive change agent in the eyes the community it serves. In 1985, as a young college brother on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tillman began his membership in Alpha instilling leadership that encompasses integrity, commitment, accountability and dedication endeavoring to maintain Alpha’s brand while uplifting young men of color. Tillman is also a three-time mentoring big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA)with whom he has committed nine years of service. ABC Detroit Affiliate WXYZ-TV recently honored him as “Person of the Week” for his dedication to mentoring. Tillman has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including TV One’s news program Washington Watch with Roland Martin, sharing his personal mentoring stories and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s commitment to its decades-old partnership with BBBSA in an effort to recruit more African-American male mentors.
43. Dr. Calvin R. Trent, Vice President for Programs, Detroit Recovery Project
From his more than 20 years as an administrator with Highland Park Community College to his second career as a public health officer and advocate, Dr. Calvin R. Trent has worked tirelessly and strategically to improve the lives of people in southeast Michigan. Dr. Trent is a former director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and was the longtime director of the city’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. He retired from the City of Detroit in 2012 and now serves as vice president for programs for Detroit Recovery Project. Dr. Trent has gained a reputation as one of Detroit’s foremost advocates for and experts on substance abuse prevention and treatment issues. His complete devotion to creating effective strategies to serve people in recovery has been recognized by leaders ranging from former President George W. Bush to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. In 2012, Dr. Trent founded REAL (Recovery Education, Advocacy and Leaders) Michigan, a nonprofit political action organization that organizes and mobilizes members of the recovery community to advocate for policy issues that support recovery.
44. Michael T. Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
Michael T. Turner was educated in the Detroit Public School System and graduated from Henry Ford High School in 1977. He began his career in labor, business and public administration in 1983 interning with the United Steelworkers of America International Union. While assigned, he studied collective bargaining procedures and campaign organization working with Human Affairs and the Political Action and Affirmative Action Committees.
In 1984, Turner was appointed Director of the Community Service Department for Metro Detroit AFL-CIO. Over the next five years, his responsibilities included development of programs for AFL-CIO Union Affiliates.
In 1998 he was appointed to Neighborhood City Halls by then Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer. In 2009, he was appointed by incoming Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon to become Chief of Staff for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Turner graduated from the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations in 1983 from Wayne State University. He is a Golden Heritage Member of the NAACP and sits on the Boards of the Detroit Urban League, NAACP and Detroit Youth Build. He has received numerous honors including awards from the Michigan State Senate, Detroit City Council and Outstanding Young Men of America, as well as the City of Detroit Certificate of Excellence and City of Detroit Community Service Recognition.
Turner is married and has three children.
45. Andrew Wallace, President and CEO, Communications Professionals, Inc.
Andrew Wallace is president and CEO of Communications Professionals, Inc., an industry leader in IT products and services. A truly “excellent” man, Andrew’s commitment to God, family and community are unwavering. Charismatic and kind, he has proven himself a fierce entrepreneur; skilled at breaking down barriers and exceeding expectations while providing exceptional customer service to clients around the globe.
Engaging his great faith in God and unparalleled work ethic, Andrew has effectively transformed CPI-a business launched twenty-two years ago from his kitchen table, into the number one graduated 8A Small Minority Owned Disadvantaged Business firm in Michigan. Today Communication Professionals Inc. has more than thirty employees and successfully provides a variety of tech services to four segments of industry: Hotels & Gaming, Health Care, Government/ Public Sector and Moderately sized Businesses. CPI boasts impressive product listings of more than three million and has thousands of strategic partnerships.
Happily married to his high school sweetheart Verlinda for thirty-nine years, Andrew is the proud father of three sons Nate, John and David. He has served as the head Deacon at his church Word of Faith International Christian Center for nearly twenty years and also mentors young Christian entrepreneurs.
46. Melvin Washington, Founder, President and CEO, The Phoenix Group
Melvin Washington is a “community” builder with a passion for rebuilding Detroit. A native Detroiter, he is the president & CEO of the Phoenix Group, a collaboration of companies that provide full real estate development services including: design, planning and construction. His company specializes in affordable and market rate housing, senior living and historical preservation.
During the 17 year history of The Phoenix Group, Washington has developed more than 35 properties including the restoration of the Whittier Hotel on Detroit’s eastside; Core City Neighborhoods, a master plan model to rebuild neighborhoods; People In Faith United transitional housing located in midtown; and Meadows of Honor, a housing development for veterans on Detroit’s west side, to name a few.
He has won the prestigious Terry R. Duvernay Award for affordable housing, the highest award that can be received for affordable housing in Michigan. In addition, he was part of the tam that received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in the Boston Edison historical district.
Washington possesses a Bachelor’s of Science in construction management and Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from Michigan State University.
47. Tarence L. Wheeler, MBA, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Wheeler Group
Tarence L. Wheeler is a highly respected professional with over 15 years of experience in community relations and philanthropic activities, specializing in community and corporate partnerships and relationship building. He is a former mayoral appointee, serving as the community relations liaison for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit. He has extensive experience in community outreach, mentoring, and fostering partnerships to support educational achievement.
Wheeler developed a sports philanthropy firm that specialized in the creation and management of non-profit organizations for athletes and entertainers.
Wheeler greatest passion is helping to enrich the lives of at-risk young people in the city of Detroit. Some of his notable charitable events include: Back to School Supply Drive, Christmas Toy Drive, and a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive for needy families.
Wheeler is often seen speaking and motivating young people at Detroit-area schools. He uses a transparent and authentic approach to reaching young people. His first-hand knowledge and experience with growing up in a less-fortunate environment increase his ability to make a direct connection with his young audience.
48. W. Bernard White, P. E., Founder and President, White Construction
As the founder and president of White Construction, W. Bernard White, P.E. has become a well-recognized figure within the Michigan Construction Industry. A Detroit native, Bernard worked during the day to pay for night school at Lawrence Technological University where he graduated Cum Laude in 1980 (CE) and received his Professional Engineer’s License in 1981. After working for two major construction firms, he established White Construction in 1989.
White Construction provides Construction Management, General Contracting, and Design Build Services. The company has grown from a two-person firm to one with over 25 employees and performs construction volume over $50 million per year. Bernard White and White Construction has received numerous awards and accolades, some of which include: Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine’s “Forty under Forty Award”, Crain’s Detroit Business “Minority All-Star”, Crain’s Detroit Business “Book of Lists”, Detroiter Magazine’s “Future 50 Companies To Watch”, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers’ “Outstanding Engineer Award” and “Engineer of The Year Award for Construction”, Engineering Society of Detroit’s “Design & Construction Award” for two consecutive years, the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) – “Special Construction Issue”, National Black MBA Association Minority of the Year Award and National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC) Supplier of the Year Regional Award III., Los Angeles, CA.
49. M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
Dr. M. Roy Wilson became the 12th president of Wayne State University on August 1. Prior to joining Wayne State, President Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and concurrently, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver and chair of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Hospital. President Wilson also chaired the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and was acting president during part of that time.
President Wilson’s research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. Best Doctors Inc selected him for the list of Best Doctors in America for a consecutive 14 years.
President Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
50. Tyrone E. Winfrey Sr., Chief of Staff, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan
Tyrone is the chief of staff with the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan and seeks to advance the quality and quantity of life through education for children/youth of today, yet leaders of tomorrow, the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is poised to radically transform the delivery of pre-k through 12 education within the state of Michigan. Formerly, Tyrone was associate director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and director of the University of Michigan Detroit Admissions Office. Through this office, the University has addressed the academic preparation, recruitment, application review, admission and advancement of higher education opportunities in urban communities across the nation. This office has elevated post- secondary education choices among thousands of youth and families. In addition, Tyrone is a champion of directing students to that next dimension of education. Furthermore, Tyrone was elected to the Detroit Board of Education in November 2005and served as vice-president and president.