The Detroit Homecoming is a two-day conference inviting "expatriates" back to Detroit to reconnect and reinvest.

Confirmed Expats

  • Aaron Montgomery, Founder / COO, CarLotz, Inc.
  • Adam Lowry, Founder, Method Products, PBC
  • Al Reid, DVP, Corporate Development, Abbott Labs
  • Alan Axelrod, Managing Member, Axelrod Capital Management LLC
  • Andrew Moers, President, Ask Partner Network (APN)
  • Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, President/CEO, George Gervin Foundation
  • Barbara Walkowski, Startup executive and investor
  • Bernard Sucher, Board Member, Venture for America
  • Beth Hagenlocker, Co-founder, The Detroit Creativity Project
  • Bill Clark, CEO and Founder, MicroVentures
  • Billy Dexter, Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Bob Shaye, CEO, Unique Features
  • Bobby Smith, Strategic Growth Fellow, College Track
  • Brandon Pollak, Director, Global Affairs, 1776
  • Brian Cloyd, Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc.
  • Brian Owens, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy, eBay Inc.
  • Brian Razzaque, CEO, SocialToaster, Inc.
  • Brian Tauber, CEO, CPP Global; C Enterprises
  • Casey Long, Vice President, Helix Electric, Inc.
  • Charles Hudson, Partner, SoftTech VC
  • Charles M. Bayer, Co-Founder & CEO, CP Ventures LLC
  • Chris Hansen, CEO, TV Host and Correspondent, Discovery ID Network and Hansen News
  • Chris Michalik, Managing Director, Kinderhook Industries, LLC
  • Chul Chung, Principal, Baltra Capital LLC
  • Crystal E. Ashby, Senior Vice President, BP America Inc.
  • Daniel Doctoroff, President & CEO, Bloomberg LP
  • Daniel Levin, Chairman and Founder, The Habitat Company
  • Daniel T. Reiner, executive chairman and founder, stemcentrx
  • Daniel Vosotas, CEO, Trans Inns / VOS Hospitality
  • David A. Williams, Chief Development Officer, Prisna
  • David B. Rosenthal, Founder, Chairman of Board , Richmond Elementary Schools,Inc
  • David Feehan, President and CEO, Civitas Consultants LLC
  • David Kalt, ceo, LLC
  • David S. Williams, Founder & CEO, SpringRaise
  • Don Green, Co-Founder , Roots
  • Dr. Michael Dorsey, Co-Founder, Detroit XPAC
  • DWAYNE SYE, Co-Founder and CIO, Cvent, Inc.
  • Ebbie Parsons, III, Managing Partner, Yardstick Learning
  • Edward Hogikyan, SVP, Marketing, NYC & Company
  • Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon
  • Eric Ryan, Co-Founder, method
  • Farbood Nivi, Founder, Learnist
  • Garrett Ryan, Founder, Mr+Muse
  • Gary Gilbert, President and CEO, Gilbert Films
  • George Gervin, Owner, Gervin Interest, LLC
  • Greg Lindsay, contributing writer, Fast Company
  • Gwendolyn Butler, President, Capri Capital Partners, LLC
  • Hal Widlansky, CEO, Numira, Inc.
  • Heather Lord, Trustee, RNR Foundation
  • Ilan Zechory, Founder, Genius
  • Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company (retired)
  • J. Regalado, Assistant Vice President, Barclays
  • James Vosotas, President, Trans Inns Management / VOS Hospitality
  • Jamie Hodari, Co-founder and CEO, Industrious
  • Jason Hillman, Vice President and General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jason LaRose, SVP Global eCommerce, Under Armour
  • Jeff Mehi, VP - Retail Strategy, PIMCO
  • Jeffry Aronsson, Founder and CEO, Aronsson Group
  • Jerry Schafer, Corporate VP-Strategic Development, McDonald's
  • Jessica Alter, Founder/CEO, FounderDating
  • Jim Klote, President & CEO, James D. Klote & Associates, inc.
  • John B. Rhea, Managing Partner, RHEAL Capital Management, LLC
  • John C. Kennedy, CEO, Autocam Medical
  • John Hale III, Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John J. Webb, CEO and Managing Partner, Quantum Reach
  • John Talat Karim, Principal, Development Consultants
  • Joseph Schmoke, Founder/CEO, University Research & Review LLC
  • Josh Scott, Founder & COO, Craftsy
  • Jules PIeri, Co-founder and CEO, The Grommet
  • Julia Farber, Co-Founder, Detroit XPAC
  • Julie Egan, Senior Adviser, U.S. Department of State
  • Justin Knapp, Vice President, Ogilvy Publc Relations
  • Karen McDonald, Head of Talent Management, Zurich North America
  • Kathy Wilbur, Vice President, Development and External Relations, Central Michigan University
  • Katja Shaye, Trustee, Four Friends Foundation
  • Kerry C Duggan, Liaison to the City of Detroit, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kim Strong, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Target
  • Kristin Toth Smith, CEO, Code Fellows
  • Lawrence Burns, Vice President for External Affairs, The University of Toledo
  • Lou August, Global Co-Leader of Technology for Development, World Vision
  • Lucinda Scala Quinn, SVP, Executive Food Director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Marc Evan Jackson, President, The Detroit Creativity Project
  • Martha Boudreau, President, MLB Consulting
  • Martin Rawls-Meehan, CEO, Chief Innovation Officer, Reverie
  • Matt Nosanchuk, Director for Outreach, National Security Council
  • Maxwell Gail, Caretaker, Full Circle LAP
  • Michael Budman, Co-Founder , Roots
  • Michael Hyter, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
  • Michael J. Garner, Chief Diveristy Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York State
  • Michael Simon, Co-founder & President, HaystaqDNA
  • Michael Tait, Principal, Newstone Capital Partners
  • Michele Lewis, Principal, Lewis and Gould Architects
  • Mike Cooper, Partner, Shore Capital Partners, LLC
  • Mike Jbara, President, ADA Worldwide, Warner Music Group
  • Mike Posner, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
  • Nancy G. Kennedy, Quality Analyst, Autocam Corporation
  • Nicole Curtis, Real Estate, Restoration & Design Rehab Addict for HGTV-DIY Network, Nicole Curtis Design
  • Perry Teicher, President, Detroit Nation
  • Peter Cummings, Chairman, Ram Realty Services
  • Peter McPherson, President, APLU
  • Peter Scott, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Syracuse Univ.
  • Ponni Perumalswami, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Rachel Jacobs, Founder/Chairwoman, Detroit Nation
  • Ralph Beckman, President, Design Lab, LLC
  • Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Rebecca C. Villarreal, PhD, Project Manager, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
  • Richard Lappin, Chairman, Vokal Holdings - BOD American Axle
  • Richard Rogel, Tomay, Inc.
  • Rick French, Chairman & CEO, French/West/Vaughan
  • Robert M. Spence, Secretary, General Counsel and Vice President Administration, Neenah Enterprises, Inc.
  • Robert Michalik, Managing Director, Kinderhook Industries, LLC
  • Ron Fournier, Senior Political Columnist, National Journal
  • Ronald K. McDonald, Managing Principal, RMC Development, LLC
  • Sara Jane Boyers, Photographer/Author, Sara Jane Boyers Photo
  • Sara Sefcovic, Vice President, Sloane & Company
  • Sarah E. Endline, CEO and Chief Rioter, sweetriot
  • Scott Raskin, President & CEO, Mindjet
  • Scott Seligman, President, Seligman & Associates
  • Scott Sellers, Co-Founder Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital
  • Shaun Robinson, Host, Author, Producer, Access Hollywood
  • Sloan Eddleston, Chief Operating Officer, The New Republic
  • Spencer Overton, Interim President & CEO, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies
  • Stanley E. Grayson, Former Chief Operating Officer, M.R. Beal & Company
  • Stephen L. Axelrod, M.D., CEO, Colorado healthcare Ventures LLC
  • Steve Storr, President/CEO, Mendtronix
  • Sujeet Rao, Director of Special Initiatives, U.S. Department of Education--Office of Innovation and Improvement
  • Susan S. Hassan, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions , Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Tait Sye, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Public Health, US Dept of Health and Human Services
  • Ted Mayden, Principal, Aronsson Group LLC
  • Terry Axelrod, Founder & CEO, Benevon
  • Tess Mateo, Managing Director, CXCatalysts
  • The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Thomas T Tierney, President , Vitatech Nutritional Sciences Inc
  • Todd Waldman, Director, Navigant
  • Tom Nicholson, CEO, Nicholson NY LLC
  • Tushar J. Sheth, Senior Advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
  • Vahe Tazian, Vice President, Legal, Harman International Industries, Incorporated
  • Valerie D. Lewis, Assistant Vice President & Assistant Secretary, Legal , Safeway Inc.
  • Vernon B. Williams, MD, Founding Director, Kerlan Jobe Center for Sports Neurology
  • Vijay Jayaraman, Senior Vice President, Equity International
  • Vikas Reddy, Co-Founder, Occipital, Inc.
  • Wendy Hilliard, President, Wendy Hilliard Foundation
  • William Adler, President & CEO , Spirit Leatherworks
  • William Bouie, President and CEO, Sky Communications Inc.


Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation
Richard Baron, Co-Founder, McCormack Baron Salazar
Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Co.
Eli Broad, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur, Eli Broad Foundation
Warren Buffett, Business magnate, investor, and philanthropist
Gwen Butler, President, Capri Capital
Jon Cotton, President, Meridian Health Plan
KC Crain, Executive Vice President/Corporate Operations, Crain Communications
Andrew Doctoroff, Sr. Advisor, Transportation Initatives, MEDC
Dan Doctoroff, President and CEO, Bloomberg
Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit
Mike Evans, Senior Developer/Founder, Loveland Technologies
Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans Inc.
Berry Gordy, Founder, Motown Records
John Hantz, Founder and CEO, Hantz Farms
Chris Ilitch , President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings
Gregory Jackson, CEO, Jackson Automotive Management
Nathan Labenz, Co-Founder and CEO, Stik
Kevin Nixon, President, Detroit Institute of Music
Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE Energy
Jacques Panis, CEO, Shinola
Roger Penske, Founder and Chairman, Penske Corporation
Quintin Primo III, Co-Founder, Capri Capital
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Roy Roberts, Former Emergency Manager, Detroit Public Schools
Ron Parker, President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
Jalen Rose, Founder and Board President, Jalen Rose Academy
Andra Rush, President & CEO, Rush Group
Veronika Scott, CEO and Founder, The Empowerment Plan
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
George Stewart, Developer, Garden Theater
Bankole Thompson, Editor, Michigan Chronicle
Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director, WXYZ-TV
Frank Venegas, Chairman and CEO, The Ideal Group

Host Committee

Mitch Albom, Author
Tonya Allen, CEO, Skillman Foundation
Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Co.
Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Manoj Bhargava, CEO, Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-Hour Energy
Dave Bing, Former Mayor of Detroit
Marge Byington Potter, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Continental Rail Gateway
Mary Sue Coleman, President Emeritus, University of Michigan
Shery Cotton, Meridian Health Plan
Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit
David Foltyn, Chairman and CEO, Honigman
Edsel B. Ford II, Ford Motor Co.
Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder, Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures
Rod Gillum, Partner, Jackson Lewis and Chair, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
John C. Kennedy, President/CEO, Autocam Corp.
Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC
William Martin, President, FirstMartin Corp.
Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE Energy
Cindy Pasky, President and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Roger Penske, Founder and Chairman, Penske Corp.
Rip Rapson, CEO, Kresge Foundation
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods
Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University
Matt Simoncini, President and CEO, Lear Corporation
A. Alfred Taubman, Founder, The Taubman Company
M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University

Expat Hosts

Richard Baron, McCormack Baron Salazar
Mike Jbara, Global Music Executive, Warner Music Group
Brian Owens, Vice President, Global Head of Brand Strategy, eBay
Eric Ryan, Founder, Method


Jim Hayes,
Retired Publisher, Fortune magazine
Mary Kramer,
Publisher, Crain's Detroit Business

It's about time to come home

It's about time to come home, to see the real Detroit. The Detroit Homecoming offers new opportunities to reconnect, recharge, reinvest. That's why a coalition of partners invites you to participate in the two-day event Sept. 17-19, 2014.

We want to bring "expatriates" — whether they were born in Detroit or attended school in the region — back to the city to explore the opportunities to invest, engage and reshape the city and its story in its postbankruptcy era. We have invited key local executives, investors, entrepreneurs and grassroots leaders to meet you.

Together, we'll learn about the new Detroit narrative and experience and visit places in Detroit otherwise difficult for out-of-towners to access on a quick trip home.

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