Monday, August 11, 2014

This Week's Speaker

Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market



Dan Carmody, is President of Eastern Market which under his leadership has developed new and exciting services for the community.
 
Benefiting from a schizophrenic youth split between the west side of Chicago and the Loess Hills of western Iowa, Carmody developed a keen appreciation for the distinctiveness of both central cities and Main Streets.
 
Schooled as a city planner in the Midwest and the North of England, Carmody is a devoted
urbanist with special interest in the regenerating depressed local economies.
 
Educated as a tavern keeper, Carmody’s understands the needs of independent business owners and the importance of conviviality in successful downtown revitalization.
 
From 1988 until November of 2005, Carmody led Renaissance Rock Island (IL), a consortium of not for profits, helping to revive that community which had lost 40% of its tax base. Starting
with a budget of $70,000 and a staff of 1.5 people, Renaissance Rock Island grew to a staff of 14 with an annual budget exceeding $3,000,000.
 
From 2005 until 2007 Carmody served as the President of the Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne, (IN). In both organizations Dan sought to build success upon thorough knowledge of local market conditions, profound partnerships with public and private partners, and an incremental approach to improving the climate for business and real estate development.
 
Carmody was hired in November, 2007 as the President of the Eastern Market Corporation where he has been charge with operating the region’s premier public market, renovating and enhancing the market campus, revitalizing the business district around the market, rebuilding
a robust local food system, and leveraging a revitalized Eastern Market District to regenerate adjacent neighborhoods.
 
Since the mid1990’s Carmody has also served as a consultant to more than thirty community
development programs, served on the board of directors of the International Downtown
Association, and is a frequent presenter at State and National economic development
conferences.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

President John Talks About Upcoming Speakers for August

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This Week's Speaker

Tony Michaels, President & CEO of the Parade Company



 
Tony Michaels is the President and CEO of The Parade Company, which owns and operates America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van and The Ford Fireworks.  Tony also sits on the Executive Committee of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.  The Parade Company is a non-profit organization that creates and produces floats, costumes, props and other event merchandise, along with producing major events and shows.  Tony also serves as the Executive Director for The Woodward Dream Cruise and Brand Consultant for the Detroit Jazz Festival.
 
Prior to his appointment at The Parade Company, Tony served as CEO of Big Boy Restaurants from 1998 to 2008.  In that capacity, he engineered the sale of Big Boy in 2000 and also led a total rebranding and revitalization of the company.  He has also been involved in many organizations and community programs including Crittenton Hospital, Boy Scouts, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the DAC Executives Club.  Tony is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Tony and his wife Clarice reside in Rochester Hills, MI and have three grown children – Joey, Emily and Madeline.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This Week's Speaker

 Vincent B. Tilford


Vincent Tilford, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, brings almost 25 years of finance and housing development experience to his position as executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit.
 
Tilford spent two years pursuing his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and then elected to go into the U.S. Air Force to pursue a linguistics specialty.  He spent four years, from 1981 to 1985, as a Chinese cryptologic linguist with the military, at various locations including one year in Korea.  Tilford left the military and completed his undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland.  While matriculating at the University of Maryland, he worked at Technology Service Corporation, a subsidiary of Westinghouse, as a programmer/analyst.  Interested in venture capital, and, in particular, wanting to pursue investment and lending opportunities in low-income communities, Tilford continued his education at the Ross Business School where he graduated in 1988. 
 
Upon graduation, Tilford began working with Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford.  His first position with Aetna was to establish a foreign government and supranational, fixed-income securities research function.  He then became involved in trading Canadian bonds and other fixed-income sovereign and supranational securities.  He ultimately served as a Director, where his responsibilities included the management of over $1.5 billion of outside insurance companies’ assets.  Over the years with Aetna, Tilford worked extensively with mortgage backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations, and thus became familiar and interested in housing finance.
 
In 1993, Tilford was appointed by Arkansas’ Governor Jim Guy Tucker to serve as the President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (“ADFA”), a $1.5 billion, 50-persons state agency that financed housing and economic development activity in the state.  During his work with ADFA, he developed a working capital financing program for contractors/developers of affordable housing and expanded the Industrial Development Bond program.
 
 After leaving ADFA in 1996, Mr. Tilford entered into consulting.  His assignments included providing technical support to federally designated enterprise communities in eastern Arkansas and working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in South Africa to develop operating procedures for village banks. 
 
From 1998 - 2003, Mr. Tilford worked for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) the nation’s largest support organization for community development corporations.  As the senior program director for the Detroit program, he managed a staff of eleven community development professionals and a $2.5 million budget.  During his time with LISC, the office financed more than 1,200 units of affordable housing and over 50,000 square feet of commercial space. 
 
Most recently, Mr. Tilford worked as a senior vice president with Charter One Bank.  In his role there, he managed the company’s Housing Bank program, an affordable housing program that provided low interest construction and permanent loans to develop and promote affordable housing.