Community Investment Breakfast

On June 21, 2012, James Group International hosted the Southwest Detroit Community Investment Breakfast, which honors key business leaders of Southwest Detroit that make it a better place to live.


Master of Ceremonies

Huel Perkins, Fox 2 News
SDBA is honored to have Huel Perkins as this year’s Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Perkins has been the face of Fox 2 News and metro Detroit for the past thirteen years. During his time with the station, he has received and Emmy Award and four nominations for Best Anchor. In addition to Mr. Perkins’s professional achievements locally, he has also traveled the country with Nelson Mandela, followed the Pope and covered nearly every major political convention.

Mr. Perkins shares a deep respect for his fellow Detroit residents: “Time after time, I’ve seen us overcome enormous odds. No matter where we live or what we do, there is a sense of community that always seems to bring us together. There is nothing we cannot achieve…  no problem that we can’t solve.”

Huel Perkins not only exposes the crucial stories, but strives to help solve problems alongside the people of Detroit.


Honorary Chair and Guest Speaker

Governor Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. He holds three degrees from the University of Michigan.

Following a successful career as partner at then-called Cooper & Lybrand, Snyder joined personal computer company Gateway. He was named president and CEO and guided Gateway to Fortune 500 status with more than 10,000 employees. He turned to Michigan in 1997 to co-found Ann Arbor-based venture capital fund Ardesta, whose mission is to be a source of capital to innovators and entrepreneurs and to turn budding ideas into exciting new Michigan companies. Getting Michigan’s economy moving again is the Governor’s pledge. Hes goal is to continue to diversify Michigan’s economy to attract global companies, while providing  a positive climate for existing companies and entrepreneurs to thrive.

In 1999 Snyder was named the first chair of the Michigan Economic Development corporation, where he helped lead the MEDC to one of the nation’s most respected public-private economic development programs. In Washtenaw County, Snyder provided the leadership behind nationally recognized local economic development firm Ann Arbor SPARK.

A political newcomer and self-proclaimed reformer with the moniker, ‘One Tough Nerd’, the Governor has pledged a commonsense approach to efficient and effective government, applying business management principles for creating jobs and reinventing the economy, re-establishing Michigan’s innovative spirit, and restoring the state’s reputation as a place where families and individuals enjoy a high quality of life.

Rick Snyder and Sue Kerr Snyder were married in 1987 and are proud parents of Jeff, Melissa, and Kelsey.

March of Dimes Walk for Babies

We recently participated in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. They quoted:

“In Michigan, together we will raise approximately $2.9 million, and donations are still coming in. Hines Park had over 2,000 participant and will raise $529,000 to help ensure in the fight that every baby is born healthy. Hines Park is the largest walk in the state for the March of Dimes.”