WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS HAVE SHOWN IN
OUR MISSION TO SERVE THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY AS WELCOMES YOU
DEMONSTRATED BY THEIR VERY KIND CONTRIBUTIONS.
PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORSHIP 2009
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN
FORD FOUNDATION Excellence Awards Gala
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP
COMERICA BANK 2009 Excellence Honorees
HEALTH ALLIANCE PLAN
ROBERT C. BOBB ◊ EDUCATION
HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
PEPSI BOTTLING COMPANY WILLIAM F. JONES, JR. ◊ MENTORING
ST. JOHN HEALTH SYSTEM
U.S. ARMY GAIL PERRY-MASON ◊ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SILVER LEVEL SPONSORSHIP DR. HERBERT SMITHERMAN, JR. ◊ COMMUNITY HEALTH
EXCELLENCE IN ACTION, INC.
WIRELESS RESOURCES, INC. SHIRLEY R. STANCATO ◊ LEADERSHIP
LEWIS & MUNDAY Thursday, October 15, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch
1600 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
MENTORING ◊ EDUCATION ◊ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ◊ HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Excellence Awards Gala 2009 Membership
Michael Abney Earle B. Higgins, Sr.
Mark J. Adams William F. Hill
Floyd Allen, Esq. Norman Howard
6:00 PM Reception
Aaron Alston Forest Hudson
Dennis Archer, Esq. Robert B. Johnson
7:00 PM Invocation by Rev. Richard D. Chaney
Lloyd Banks, II William Langford
Dinner Robert L. Barksdale Jason Lee
Rodney Bellamy William Luse
John R. Bernard, III Maurice McMurray, Esq.
7:30 PM Master of Ceremony
William E. Burrell William K. Middlebrooks
Michael Carr Brian Olatunji
Kyle Chandler Terry R. Owens
Richard D. Chaney Julian E. Pate, III
7:35 PM Opening Remarks
Anton Chastang Dr. William Pickard
William K. Middlebrooks
Alfred Cheesebrough Mark Sanford
President of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc.
Tyrone Davenport Dr. Herbert Smitherman, Jr.
Anthony L. Davis Ronald R. Stallworth, Esq.
7:40 PM Recognizing our Platinum Sponsors
Donald M. Davis Terence A. Thomas, Sr., Esq.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Kenny L. Dodson Charles Timms
Samuel Ellerbee, Jr. William L. Toples
James Farmer Lowell C. Tyler
Donald M. Ferguson Randy Walker
7:50 PM Project Success Students
Roderick D. Gillum Walter C. Watkins
Justin Alexander ◊ Detroit Southeastern High School
Larry Givens Richard T. White, Esq.
Moses Hubbert ◊ Detroit Southeastern High School
Dr. Ronald Goldsberry Donald Whitley
Ronald Griggs Thomas Worford, Jr.
8:00 PM Presentation of Awards to our 2009 Honorees
Kevin A. Harrison Carlton Young
Robert C. Bobb ◊ Education
William F. Jones, Jr. ◊ Mentoring Special Acknowledgement
Gail Perry-Mason ◊ Economic Development
Ford Foundation ◊ 3 year Platinum Sponsor
Dr. Herbert Smitherman, Jr. ◊ Community Health
Shirley R. Stancato ◊ Leadership Past Honorees
9:00 PM Closing Remarks
William Luse & Michael Carr Rev. Dr. Wendall Anthony Dave Bing
Gala Co-Chairmen Donald. M. Ferguson Ken Harris
Dr. Curtis Ivery Dr. Patricia Maryland
Music Invitations Programs Dr. KimberlyDawn Wisdom Dara Munson
Marvin Jones Trio Blue 24 Media Total Package, LLC Rhonda Walker Dr. Irvin Reid
Our Programs Robert C. Bobb
ROBERT C. BOBB is currently the Emergency Financial
Manager for DPS appointed by Governor Jennifer
100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. has teamed with GMAC to host free
Granholm. Mr. Bobb brings more than 30 years
SmartEdge seminars in local churches, community centers and businesses
executive management experience in both the private
in the Detroit Metro area.
and public sectors. Robert Bobb was elected city-wide
as the President of the Washington, DC Board of
SmartEdge by GMAC is a financial literacy program designed to help people
Education in November 2006.
make more informed financial decisions. SmartEdge focuses on helping
consumers better understand how to establish good credit, manage a Mr. Bobb is the former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor for
personal budget, evaluate vehicle and mortgage options as well as better Washington, D.C. and served as the District of Columbia’s Homeland
understand banking and insurance matters. Security Advisor. He served as the City Manager of Oakland, California and
Executive Director of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency, City Manager
ADOPT-A-BUSINESS of Richmond, Virginia, City Manager of Santa Ana, California, and City
100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc., along with several of our partners Manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is an expert on the issues facing
are providing opportunities to promote and support positive economic urban government in the realms of education, economic development,
activity for African American businesses in our community. community and neighborhood development, municipal budgeting and
finances, contract negotiations, public/private partnerships of sports
ADOPT-A-FAMILY franchises, libraries and recreation facilities, and social problems such as
Annually, the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. donate thousands of crime and grime.
dollars to area families during the Christmas holiday season to ensure that
many families have the opportunity to experience a blessed and joyful Mr. Bobb frequently lectures on urban issues and was the District of
holiday. Columbia government delegate to the second High Level Forum of World
Mega Cities Development in Nantong, China in 2005 and the First High
FALL GALA Level Forum of World Mega Cities Development in Beijing, Nantong, and
The Excellence Awards Gala is our annual signature fund raising event. Shanghai, China in 2004.
This event allows us to recognize individuals and organizations who have
distinguished themselves in our key focus areas: Mentoring, Economic Mr. Bobb is a mentor to many urban youth and young professionals.
Development, Education, Community Health and Leadership. The Gala, Under his direction, several successful outreach programs were designed
through the help of our sponsors and our membership raises funds for the and administered to foster urban youth in civic responsibility, educational
continuation of the program initiatives of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, achievement, and competitiveness in the employment market.
Inc. that helps to improve our community. Robert C. Bobb earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from
Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana and a Master of
Science in Business from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo,
Michigan. He also completed the certificate program for Senior Executives
in State and Local Governments from Harvard University’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government.
William F. Jones Jr. Our Programs continued
WILLIAM F. JONES, JR. became Chief Executive For High School students and their parents who are interested in
Officer of Focus: HOPE in January 2009. Jones is the successfully navigating the college admissions and financial
fourth CEO in Focus: HOPE's 40-year history. He aid/scholarship maze, the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. offers
recently retired from Chrysler Financial where he was its annual College Symposium aimed at answering the following
Chief Operating Officer. questions:
1. What are colleges and universities looking for in students?
Jones has been involved with Focus: HOPE since 1999 when he was 2. What is the application process?
elected to the Board of Directors. He has been chairman of the Board for 3. When should I begin the application process?
one year and will continue to serve as a member of the Board. 4. How can I afford college?
5. What type of scholarship and/or financial aid opportunities
Jones brings to Focus: HOPE a range of experience from a 26-year career resources are available?
at Chrysler and Chrysler Financial. Starting as a corporate analyst, he
progressed through a variety of finance and operations assignments of In conjunction with our University Partners Eastern Michigan University,
increasing responsibility. After a brief assignment with Nissan in 1991, Michigan State University, Olivet College, University of Detroit-Mercy and
Jones returned to Chrysler Corporation as the Director of Vehicle Pricing. Western Michigan University we answered these questions for over 600
students and parents at our last symposium held at the Federal Reserve
In 2000, Jones was named Vice President Corporate Financial Controlling, Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch in March 2009.
and remained with the manufacturer until 2004 at which time he was
transferred to Chrysler Financial to serve in a dual role as its Vice HEALTH AND WELLNESS CAMPAIGN
President for DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and the President and One of the missions of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is to
Chief Executive Officer for the DaimlerChrysler Insurance Company. develop health initiatives designed to increase awareness and reduce
health disparities in the African American community. The 2009 Man
In 2007, he was appointed COO of Chrysler Financial. A native of Up! Let’s Talk Health campaign will increase prostate awareness
Hampton, Virginia, Jones earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1973 and an MBA amongst African American men and will guide them into developing a
in 1981 from Columbia University. He was chairman of the Chrysler relationship with a primary care physician.
Financial Diversity Council. Currently, he is a member of the Walsh College
Board of Trustees and the Charles H. Wright Museum Board of Trustees. SPORTS BUDDY MENTORING
The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. has teamed with Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit to develop a mentoring program
called “Sports Buddies” which is designed to increase the number of
committed African American males serving as mentors to African
American youth in the Detroit area via their participation and attendance
at various local sporting events.
The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is a group of concerned
African American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the Gail Perry-Mason
African American Community through their collective resources, abilities
OUR PROGRAMS DETROITER GAIL PERRY-MASON is well known in
the securities industry where she has climbed the
corporate ladder from receptionist to Senior
As our flagship initiative, the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Inc. works
Director of Investments of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
with students at Detroit Southeastern High School. Members from the
In fact, Gail was elected as one of Michigan’s Top
100 work with the students to increase their success rate for graduating
10 Business Women by the National Association of
from high school through various workshop sessions that reinforce
Business Women Owner’s in 2007 and the
academics, attendance and behavior both in school and within the
Community Service Award from the Michigan
program. As an added component, our dedicated and caring mentors
Women’s Foundation, and recently Community Role
plant and nurture seeds of success by exposing students to events and
Model award from Alternatives for Girls in 2009.
activities that help them develop and exercise social skills, etiquette and
mutual respect for others. One of the many incentives is the opportunity For more than 19 years, Gail has focused on socially responsible
for each student to earn an all expense paid trip courtesy of the 100 investing which has presented numerous opportunities in writing,
Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. to our annual national conference. teaching and speaking engagements to national audiences. She
These experiences afford the young men exposure to a national audience founded and directed the original Money Camp for Teens and the first
as well as a forum to exercise the skills and lesson learned via this Youth Investment that is incorporated in the United States which is just
program. another of the ways in which she invests in the young adults who will be
The "Speaking with Confidence & Excellence" Oratorical Contest is As a result, Money Matters for Youth has instructed over 5,000 youth in
designed to motivate and inspire Detroit Public High School seniors to the Detroit-Metro area and has mentored over 25 young women who
gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity are now professionals in the financial industry. Currently she is
to compete for $140,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and conducting a program in the Detroit Public Schools that includes
textbook monies from Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State teaching financial literacy and how to start a business that further
University, Olivet College, University of Detroit-Mercy and Western exposes our youth to the world of finance.
Michigan University and our business partners GMAC, Excellence In Gail has been featured in many publications including: Ebony, Black
Action, Inc. and Wireless Resources, Inc. Enterprise, On Wall Street, Research Magazine, Quick and Simple-Good
Housekeeping Magazine, Essence, Jet, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit
Recently, the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and Detroit Public High
News, Signature Magazine, Corp!, Washington Post and Associated Press
Schools hosted our 13th Annual "Speaking with Confidence & Excellence"
newspapers to name a few. Gail, also has a regular column in Heart and
Oratorical Contest at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit
Soul magazine, and has written numerous articles for local and national
Branch. Over (70) seventy students representing (12) twelve Detroit
publications. Gail has even found the time to write and publish her first
Public High Schools participated in the program where young orators
book entitled Money Matters for Families. This book is directed at
were required to write and present a (5) five minute persuasive speech
families and it focuses on the critical elements for building a financial
on the theme: "The present day tax system is (or is not) unfair to middle-
foundation. Gail’s second book, a national best seller, is titled Girl, Make
class and low income Americans".
Your Money Grow, and written with co-author Glinda Bridgforth.
Dr. Herbert Smitherman Shirley R. Stancato
COMMUNITY HEALTH LEADERSHIP
HERBERT C. SMITHERMAN JR., MD, MPH, SHIRLEY R. STANCATO is President and Chief
FACP, is Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Executive Officer of New Detroit, the nation’s first
Health, and Associate Professor of Internal urban coalition, whose mission is bridging racial
Medicine and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne barriers, bringing people together and building
State University School of Medicine. He is also understanding in the nation’s most segregated
President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit region.
Medical Group, a Federally Qualified Health Center
in the city of Detroit, serving the underserved and Under her leadership, New Detroit has developed and launched a series of
uninsured in the city of Detroit and Wayne County. initiatives to further its mission of improving race relations and fostering
economic and social equity in Detroit.
His research focuses primarily on health issues related to
underrepresented and underserved populations and their access to Mrs. Stancato became president of New Detroit in 2000 after a long career
appropriate healthcare in the context of U.S. health care reform. Dr. at what is now Chase Bank that saw her rise to the position of Senior Vice
Smitherman has spent the past twenty-three years as a practicing President.
physician working with diverse communities in Detroit to develop urban-
based primary-care delivery systems that integrate the health and social Mrs. Stancato is a life-long Detroiter who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
goals and concerns of the community establishing and working with best in sociology from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in
practice models that have community. He has been successful with industrial relations from the College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan
establishing active participation and collaboration as the key element in Affairs at Wayne State University. She also studied at the American
creating sustainable primary care programs and service networks. Banker’s Association National Personnel School and the University of
Michigan Banking School.
Dr. Smitherman received his bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering
with a minor in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, in Mrs. Stancato served on Lt. Gov. Cherry’s Commission on Higher
Evanston, Ill. He completed his medical degree at the University of Education and Economic Growth. She also serves on the boards of
Cincinnati and his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration at the Coleman A. Young Foundation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, United Way
University of Michigan. for Southeastern Michigan, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. In addition,
she is a member of the Tourism Economic Development Council,
Dr. Smitherman has recently co-authored a healthcare policy book entitled University of Michigan Dearborn Advisory Board, St. John Health Board,
Taking Care of The Uninsured: A Path to Reform, released in 2008, and Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan Board. Stancato is a Michigan
which showed that by collaborating, coordinating, implementing a system State University Outreach and Engagement Fellow, and the chair emeritus
of coverage, and organizing care for the uninsured, it is possible to of Alternatives for Girls and past chair of the board of the Detroit Urban
improve primary care utilization and decrease inappropriate ER use and League.
Mrs. Stancato has received numerous awards and recognition for both her
Dr. Smitherman was also recently recommended to President Obama for significant commitment to and her many contributions toward making a
the position of U.S. Surgeon General. better Detroit.