The Honorable Mark Hackel
A lifelong Macomb County resident, Mark A,. Hackel joined the Macomb County Sheriff's Department in 1981 as a dispatcher. Over the next 20 years he worked his way through every rank and was ultimately elected sheriff in 2000. A sheriff, he was recognized for his innovative law enforcement practices and his fiscal discipline.
In 2012, Mark was elected to serve as Macomb's first-ever county executive in November 2010, finishing first in every voting precinct in the county. He ran on a platform of making County government more efficient and effective. As county executive, he immediately enacted organizational changes and budgetary amendments that improved the County's bottom line by nearly $7 million.
Mark has actively promoted the county's position as the Defense Capital of the Midwest and has also unveiled his "New Blue Economy Initiative," which supports clean water, tourism, recreation and economic development on Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.
Mark is a forceful advocate for Macomb County on key regional issues and has been an effective voice for the county in Lansing and Washington D.C.
As a member of the Big Brother Big Sister Detroit Board of Directors, he enjoys mentoring and empowering children to succeed. He is an adjunct professor at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. Mark resides in Macomb Township/
The Honorable L. Brooks Patterson
L. Brooks Patterson is in his fifth term as Oakland County Executive. Under his leadership, Oakland County has won the respect of Wall Street, retaining the coveted Triple-A bond rating with a stable outlook – the only county in Michigan to garner that recognition.
Oakland County became the first in the nation last year to pass a balanced three-year, line item budget. In December, Patterson shared the formula of Oakland County’s success in these trying economic times with 250 local government leaders at his budget symposium.
Patterson continues to transform Oakland County from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge based-economy through his Emerging Sectors and Medical Main Street programs, Automation Alley and the recently-established Economic Growth Alliance.
He strives to improve the quality of life in Oakland County from challenging Oakland schools to teach Mandarin Chinese, to encouraging kids to get active in his Count Your Steps program to creating family-friendly events such as the upcoming Fire and Ice Festival in Rochester.
Patterson presides over an $820 million budget and 4,000 employees, who commit to making Oakland County the best place to work, live and raise a family.
The Honorable Robert Ficano
Robert A. Ficano has led the Metro Detroit region as Wayne County Executive since January 2003, after serving with distinction as Sheriff in Wayne County for nearly 20 years. Executive Ficano presides over approximately two million citizens in the most populated county in the state of Michigan and the 11th largest county in the nation. Overseeing an annual budget of more than $2 billion, Mr. Ficano provides innovative leadership for the region and state, delivering services that citizens and stakeholders expect while aggressively pursuing investment, economic growth and job-creation opportunities.
Mr. Ficano is a recognized leader in attracting investment and positioning Wayne County as the place to locate, conduct business, live, work and enjoy leisure-time activities. He is leading several major initiatives, including the Detroit Region Aerotropolis, Cobo Hall expansion, and international investment with China, the Middle East and other countries.
Having led four trade missions to China and traveled twice to the Middle East, Mr. Ficano has enabled businesses to establish partnerships in global markets, Wayne County and the southeast Michigan region. Mr. Ficano is a key leader in exploring airport development, having been the invited guest to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the Airport World Conference in Frankfort, Germany and a conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Wayne County, the most culturally diverse county in the state of Michigan provides a competitive advantage for anyone seeking opportunities. Mr. Ficano often states: “When looking to locate a business or to make investment, Wayne County is the place as it looks like the rest of the world.”
Mr. Ficano’s vision for Wayne County is clear — families are his top priority. His staff reflects the vast diversity of the county and demonstrates a genuine sensitivity to the communities it serves. He is committed to making Wayne County a desirable place to conduct business, pursue an education, build careers and raise families. Implementing this vision means investing in economic and community development, education and quality health care. From its cities, suburbs and rural communities, Mr. Ficano’s goal is to leverage Wayne County’s assets: diversity, a highly skilled workforce, educational opportunities, nationally recognized health care facilities and business growth opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all constituents.
Mr. Ficano founded The Vision Fund, a non-profit 501C3 that offers hundreds college scholarships to Wayne County high school students. He has also served on the board of the March of Dimes. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
As the Sheriff, Mr. Ficano was instrumental in creating the Internet Crime Task Force that garnered national attention. County Executive Ficano is the proud father of two children and resides in Livonia.
The Honorable Dave Bing
It’s not often that one can claim success in three distinct areas—professional sports, business and politics. Yet, Dave Bing did just that when he was elected the 62nd Mayor of the City of Detroit in May 2009.
Dave Bing came to Detroit in 1966 when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and enjoyed a 12 - year NBA career, which culminated in his induction into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 1984, and into the NBA’s Naismith Hall of Fame in 1990.
In 1980, Bing turned his winning strategies from the basketball court to the boardroom as the founder of an automotive supply corporation, The Bing Group, where he served as President and Chairman until April 2009.
Answering yet another call to serve, Bing decided to run for Mayor to help rebuild a city that he has loved and been a part of for more than 40 years. Proving that the basics of good performance, integrity and business can be applied to any area or industry, Bing has brought a renewed sense of trust and hope to the City of Detroit.