The U-M Health System Advisory Group includes some of the world’s most successful leaders in business and industry. The group meets periodically to offer insights into real and meaningful issues that face the Health System, and members provide an essential external view regarding the issues every academic health center faces.
Jon Aaron is a principal member of The Velvel Group, LLC, an entity created to provide trustee and family office services, and President of the William Davidson Foundation. He formerly served as the Assistant to the President of Guardian Industries Corporation. A native of the metropolitan Detroit area, Jon received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan and a JD from Michigan State University College of Law.
Jon is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit and its Investment Committee, and serves on the Governing Board of the University of Michigan Hillel. His Board memberships also include the Detroit Chapters of the American Society for Technion and the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. An Associate ADL National Commissioner, he serves on the board of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and chairs its Quality Committee. He also sits on the boards of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. He is also a trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a member of the Advisory Board of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS.
Terence E. “Terry” Adderley is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kelly Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and global provider of staffing services, with world headquarters based in Troy, Michigan.
Mr. Adderley joined Kelly Services in 1958 as manager of the company’s Louisville, Kentucky, office. He was elected Vice President of the company in 1961 and joined the Board of Directors in 1962. Serving in a series of positions of increasing responsibility during his career, Mr. Adderley was elected Executive Vice President in 1965, President in 1967, Chief Executive Officer in 1987, and Chairman of the Board in 1998.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Adderley earned bachelor of business administration and master of business administration degrees at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Kelly Services, he worked in the Treasurer’s Department of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now Exxon Mobil Corporation) in New York City.
Throughout Mr. Adderley’s distinguished career in leadership roles at Kelly Services, the company has received numerous awards for its strong commitment to providing workforce opportunities for women, minorities, the disabled, and older members of society.
Mr. Adderley serves on the boards of the Detroit Renaissance Foundation, Oakland County Business Roundtable, Detroit Country Day School, William Beaumont Hospital, Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and the Detroit Economic Club. He is a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Visiting Committee and the University of Michigan Health System Advisory Group. Mr. Adderley also served on the Boards of Directors of DTE Energy Company (17 years) and First Chicago NBD Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.) (13 years).
In 2006, Mr. Adderley was awarded the Leadership Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor conferred by the American Staffing Association, which also recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in the staffing industry during the past 40 years.
Eugene Applebaum is the president of the Arbor Investments Group, a real estate and financial ventures firm. A graduate of Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, he opened his first store, Civic Drugs, in 1963 and merged six drugstores in the metropolitan Detroit area to form Arbor Drugs in 1974.
Mr. Applebaum is recognized for his humanitarian and philanthropic work. He and his wife, Marcia, have provided generous support to institutions such as his alma mater, Wayne State University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Stephen M. Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, the Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. He co-founded the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at the Henry Ford Health System and the Applebaum-Hermelin-Tauber Child Development Center in Israel. He also formed the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Beth Hayeled Building and Jewish Parenting Center at Congregation Shaarey Zedek and established the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Professorial Chair at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He also provided support for the Applebaum Village through Tamarack Camps at the Fresh Air Society’s Camp Maas.
Mr. Applebaum serves on several boards, including the Taubman Institute Advisory Board, the Beaumont Foundation Board of Directors, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors, the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Board of Directors of the American Friends of Israel Museum, and the Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. In addition, the Applebaums are members of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Leadership Council.
William K. Brehm is Chairman Emeritus of SRA International, a systems information company that he co-founded in 1978. He served as its executive chairman from 1980 to 2003, and retired from the firm in December, 2011.
Bill began his career in 1950 as an engineering research associate at the University of Michigan while a UM graduate student. Upon graduation in 1952 he joined the aerospace industry, serving initially as a systems analyst and later as a director of advanced systems development. In 1964 he joined the staff of the Secretary of Defense as director of Army and Marine Corps land forces programs. In 1968, Bill was appointed assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, and served until December 1970. Bill then assumed the post of corporate vice president for corporate development at Dart Industries, a consumer products firm, where his responsibilities included mergers & acquisitions and corporate research & development. In 1973, he returned to the Defense Department, first as the assistant secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs and later as the assistant secretary for Legislative Affairs. He served through the end of the Ford Administration.
Bill is a retired director of Herman Miller, Incorporated, where he was a member of the executive committee. He is past board chair of Fuller Theological Seminary and continues there as Trustee. He is also past board chair of the CNA Corporation in Alexandria, Virginia, a former trustee of Guideposts, and a former member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board. He holds a UM B.S. degree with honors in mathematics, and an M.S. degree with concentrations in mathematics and physics. Bill has major interests in medical research, scholarship, and music — and in the science of collaboration.
Robert M. Brown is CEO and founder of Monroe Management Company in 1969, now known as Treystar. Since 1982, the company has concentrated on real estate development and management. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and received his Master’s Degree in Finance from Harvard University.
Mr. Brown is President of Arcadia Capital, LLC, and has incorporated or assisted entrepreneurs in more than 40 companies in southwestern Michigan. He has provided high-risk venture capital to nurture new ideas and assist the existing Monroe-Brown Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to furthering higher education. He is a board member for Southwest Michigan First and Fabri-Kal Corporation.
Mr. Brown is an adventure traveler, enjoying the outdoors and athletic activities including downhill skiing, tennis, basketball, white water rafting, trekking, and bird hunting.
In 1986, Brian P. Campbell became the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TriMas Corporation (then known as Campbell Industries, Inc.), a diversified manufacturer of proprietary, mission-critical industrial products. After the sale of TriMas Corporation in 1998, Brian joined Kaydon Corporation as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and subsequently also assumed the role of Chairman. Kaydon Corporation is a leading international designer and manufacturer of proprietary custom-engineered products, supplying a broad group of aerospace, medical, and electronic equipment customers.
Upon departing Kaydon Corporation in 2007, Brian re-incorporated Campbell Industries, Inc., as a vehicle to pursue investments in privately-owned industrial companies. He serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an affiliated company, Kingsley Acquisition Corporation.
Brian is also the Chairman of The Campbell Fund, a foundation focused on providing support to medical and educational institutions. In 2007, The Campbell Fund endowed the David A. Bloom Professorship in Urology. Since then, The Campbell Fund has been a notable supporter of the Kim A. Eagle Professorship and Endowed Research Fund in Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as supporting the important research activities of Dr. Vibha N. Lama in the area of pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 2011, The Campbell Fund endowed a research fund at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center in honor of Paul R. Lichter, who stepped down in early 2012 as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Kellogg Eye Center. In addition, The Campbell Fund and Brian and his wife, Mary, have also supported The Ross School of Business, the Museum of Art, and the University Musical Society.
Originally from Chicago, Brian holds a B.S.C. in Finance and an M.S. in Taxation from DePaul University, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from Northwestern University. He is a director of several civic organizations in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Brian is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Cardiovascular Center.
Hamilton Chang worked for Oppenheimer and Company from 2007 through 2009 as Managing Director and National Manager of the Structured Products Group. He has had many years of experience in the field of finance, ranging from managing tax-exempt fixed-income and swap practices for top ten type financial services firms to running derivative or structured finance advisory practices nationally and abroad for a large financial institution and several boutique investment banks. With over 15 years of experience in trading, structuring, and advising on financial products, he has structured, advised or acted as agent on over 400 interest rate management tools/financings for tax-exempt issuers. He has also transacted and risk-managed billions of dollars worth of structures on behalf of large financial institutions.
Before joining Oppenheimer and Company, Mr. Chang was Managing Director and National Head of Structured Products and Co-Manager of the Municipal Finance Group at Ryan Beck and Company, where he managed the firm’s tax-exempt bond sales and trading desks. He built the infrastructure for the institutional tax-exempt sales and trading platforms, hired the majority of the institutional professionals and also built the Structured Products’ practice.
Mr. Chang has managed the national Derivatives or Structured Products practices at Legg Mason and Ziegler Companies, where he led the respective divisions specializing in the structuring of sophisticated capital access tools for tax-exempt issuers. On both of these platforms he advised as an outside third party providing independent advisory services for complex financings.
At Bank of America, Mr. Chang was in charge of the Municipal Derivatives practice in the West Coast and Midwest regions, where he worked with municipalities, colleges and universities, health systems, water districts, school districts, ports and various other tax-exempt issuers. Additionally, Mr. Chang worked for First Chicago NBD/BankOne, where he led the Risk Management and Advisory practice in Asia and Australia again working as an independent advisor on complicated risk management or financing projects. Prior to leading the Asian advisory practice he was responsible for the marketing, structuring and risk management of Municipal Derivatives and Reinvestment Products.
Mr. Chang has served as a member of the management committees and/or capital commitments committees at Ziegler, Legg Mason and Ryan Beck, and was recently invited to join the commitments committee at Oppenheimer and Company.
Mr. Chang holds a University of Chicago M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Organizational Behavior, as well as a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan. He is a frequent featured speaker on the topics of derivatives, balance sheet management, FAS 133 (GASB), and risk management at numerous national and regional conferences.
Kenneth Eisenberg is the Chairman and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corporation based in Dearborn, Michigan. He and his wife, Frances, have supported dozens of social, health-care, and Jewish organizations. In addition, they founded the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at their alma mater, the University of Michigan.
Kenneth began his career in the steel industry shortly after attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the early 1960′s, he joined his father, Sol, founder of Kenwal Products Corporation, a modest steel supply company which provided limited services to a small pool of automotive manufacturers. Kenneth’s influence on his father’s company soon became apparent as he pioneered efforts to diversify and expand its capabilities and customer base. Within a period of 10 years, Kenneth’s business sense and acumen resulted in astounding success for Kenwal Products. The company broadened its service base to include major nonautomotive customers, electronic appliance and major equipment industries, and significantly increased its own operations by $20 million annual revenues.
In the 1980′s, Kenneth’s leadership brought more growth and development to Kenwal Products Corporation. The company added another steel plant in Gary, Indiana, to augment its existing Michigan facility and annual revenues climbed to the $200 million level. In the 1990′s, Kenneth began to implement plans to make Kenwal Products Corporation a global presence in the steel industry through growth and repositioning in the marketplace. Kenwal Products Corporation changed its name to Kenwal Steel Corporation to reflect its new position in the steel industry. A new $20 million world headquarters was constructed in Dearborn, Michigan, with state of the art equipment and technologies including the Kenwal testing laboratory. Kenwal Pickling, a state of the science pickling line, was added and Pembroke Metals Corp., a secondary steel product provider, was founded. Kenwal also established an international presence with the founding of Kenwal Canada. The new millennium brought even more growth and expansion to Kenwal Steel Corp. Kenneth opened another steel service and distribution facility in Burns Harbor, Indiana. He announced his intentions to expand into the southern part of the country by building a new steel service and distribution plant in Lebanon, Tennessee, which opened in October, 2007.
Kenneth Eisenberg has an impressive professional vita including countless programs of steel sales and manufacturing, international seminars on steel training and the development and implementation of his own systems of management and distribution.
Kenneth Eisenberg is Chairman and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corp. He and his wife, Frances, live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; have two sons and six grandchildren. Kenneth is a board member or active participant presently involved in dozens of social institutions and community organizations including: Detroit Institute of Art, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Jewish Welfare Federation, United Foundation, Jewish Vocational Services and Detroit Music Hall. Frances Eisenberg is also a board member or active participant presently involved in social institutions and community organizations: Sinai Guild, United Jewish Appeal, Detroit Institute of Art, Karmanos Cancer Institute and the United Jewish Foundation.
David S. Evans is the Chairman of Glencoe Limited, LLC, a Chicago-based merchant bank. Since its founding in 1993, the firm has completed investments in over seventy companies and committed private equity capital to these businesses.
Prior to co-founding Glencoe, David was a merchant banking and mergers and acquisitions specialist at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette from 1985-1993. He also served as Associate Director of the University of Michigan’s Growth Capital Foundation.
David is the Chairman of Glencoe’s Investment Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Specialty Food Income Trust (TSX: HAM) and Bowe Bell & Howell Company and a director of First Mercury Financial Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation at the University of Chicago, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. David has a BGS from the University of Michigan in History and Economics and an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Sidney Forbes founded The Forbes Company over 40 years ago and has worked to create landmark properties and redefine the parameters of commercial development.
Each Forbes Company project reflects the development philosophy of creating a business environment that captures the essence of the market. Their portfolio includes such unique and diverse developments as the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan, a 1.5 million square foot fashion shopping destination that connects two shopping malls by a 700 foot moving skywalk; the internationally acclaimed The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida, which has drawn world interest for its dramatic architecture and world class retailers; most recently the acquisition and redevelopment of the Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida and the redevelopment of The Gardens Mall, a 1.4 million square foot shopping center designed to entice the distinctive consumer, seasonal visitors and the growing population of Palm Beach County.
Sidney Forbes has a long history of philanthropy in this community, supporting the arts, medical research and education; his interests have included the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cranbrook Schools, Beaumont Hospital, the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Stanley Frankel heads Frankel Associates, a privately held commercial real estate development and management company founded by his father. One of his interests at the University of Michigan is to provide experiences to business students to further their understanding of entrepreneurship, and in particular international entrepreneurship.
In 2000, Mr. Frankel was awarded the University of Michigan Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award for exemplary business practices and longstanding community service as well as his support of the International Multidisciplinary Action Projects and Global Project courses within the school.
Mr. Frankel received an A.B. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School. He has served on the Business School’s Development Advisory Board and its National Campaign Committee and is a member of its Visiting Committee.
Jan Garfinkle founded Arboretum Ventures in 2002 with over 19 years of senior management experience at two very successful start-up medical device companies, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) and Devices for Vascular Intervention (DVI), both of which were acquired by Eli Lilly and spun into Guidant Corporation. She joined each company early in their development and held key management roles in marketing, clinical research and sales at these companies.
Prior to founding Arboretum Ventures, Ms. Garfinkle was President of Strategic Marketing Consultants(SMC). SMC provided extensive market analysis, regulatory and reimbursement review, business plan development, and due diligence to life science start-ups, venture funds, and universities. She holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Arboretum Ventures is an early-stage life science venture fund, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Arboretum’s primary focus is medical devices, diagnostics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health care services. Arboretum is an investor in Asterand, CardioMEMS, HandyLab and NeoGuide Systems.
James A. Hiller is a native of Detroit. He attended school in the city and graduated with Honors from the University of Detroit Law School in 1973. Jim is President and CEO of Hiller’s Market, a chain of grocery stores.
In addition to his business efforts, Jim formed and endowed the PFUND (Program for Understanding Neurological Diseases) at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. PFUND seeks treatments and cures for neurological diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In 2004, Jim was honored to received the Jane L. Cobb Promise Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Friend of Israel Award from Yeshiva Akiva, and the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund.
Jim’s other accomplishments include Past Commodore of the Great Lakes Yacht Club; Outstanding Young CEO Award from the National Retail Association; Special Investigator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission; Member of the Prismatic Club; Member of the Scientific Review Board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Fellow in the Royal Institute of Navigation; Member of the Board of Trustees of Beaumont Hospital; and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Susan Meister’s professional work focuses on child health policy, with an emphasis on the contributions of clinical research to policy analyses and decisions. For more than 20 years, she has served as a member of the Harvard’s Working Group on Early Life and Adolescent Health Policy. As Director of Health Services Research at Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, she led the California Association of Children’s Hospitals projects to expand the costed clinical databases used for hospital payment with valid and reliable clinical classification and service data for five children’s hospitals. She also served as the principal investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson-funded project to design and evaluate an innovation in care for children with serious chronic illnesses in two children’s hospitals in two states. She coauthored an interdisciplinary study of the contributions of cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis and technology assessment to policy analysis at Harvard, as well as a monograph to evaluate the first fifteen years of the Harvard Working Group. Professional positions have also included past President of two health-related foundations in New Hampshire; consultant to an evaluation of a state-wide initiative in health care organization by the Vermont Hospital Association; HCFA grant review panels (hospital financing), meetings of the Planning Committee for the National Quality Forum, advisor for the HCFA’s Quality of Medicaid study; journal editorial boards; Visiting Distinguished Centennial Professor in Health Policy at Columbia; Distinguished Soule Professor, Soule Summer Institute at the University of Washington; Visiting Scholar at New York University; Research Associate in Health Policy at Harvard Medical School; member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Society. She is also interested in science policy and served on the Genetics Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School.
Susan Meister is the founding Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Child Health and Evaluation Research (CHEAR) unit at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chair of the Duke University School of Nursing Board of Advisors. She is working with Dr. Julius Richmond to further develop child health policy efforts at Harvard. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She received her BSN and PhD from the University of Michigan and her MSN from Loyola University of Chicago.
Mary Petrovich is Operating Executive for The Carlyle Group. She serves as a key Industrial and Transportation Practice advisor providing strategic guidance to this $100 Billion global private equity leader.
Her specialty is creating value for industrial businesses. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of AxleTech International, a global manufacturer and supplier of axles and components for specialty trucks, military vehicles and off-highway machines used in construction, mining, and material handling. After the AxleTech’s 2002 distressed spin-off from Meritor, she converted a $5 Million equity investment into $350 Million within three years. Upon Carlyle’s acquisition of the business in 2005, Mary led the company through another wave of growth and expanded earnings. AxleTech sold for 5X return on capital three years later, this time to General Dynamics. In short, with Mary’s leadership, AxleTech transformed from a dying business into the most profitable and fastest growing business in its segments.
Prior to her decade with AxleTech, Mary served as President of Dura Automotive’s global $1 billion Driver Controls unit. Before Dura, she had a successful eight-year track record at AlliedSignal, leading several automotive and industrial businesses. Early in her career Ms. Petrovich served in a variety of engineering, manufacturing, and finance roles with Chrysler and General Motors.
Mary received her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, where she was captain of the varsity softball team and Michigan’s Female Scholar/ Athlete of the Year.
In addition to being an Operating Executive for Carlyle, she serves on the public boards of WABCO and Woodward and two Carlyle-owned privately held industrial businesses formerly owned by United Technologies and ITW. Mary currently serves on the University of Michigan National Fundraising Campaign Board of Directors as well as a number of other academic and athletic department advisory boards at the University of Michigan.
As a testimony to her track record, Mary has been featured on such leading media channels as CNBC Squawk Box, Business Week, and NPR, as well as Noel Tichy’s book, The Leadership Engine. In addition, she has been honored with the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Winner, and Crain’s Automotive News Top 100 Women.
Richard H. Rogel of Avon, Colorado, is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan. Born in Essex, New Jersey, Mr. Rogel earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He was Valedictorian of the 1970 Business School class, and he is a former president of the University of Michigan’s Alumni Association.
At the University of Michigan, Mr. Rogel is a member of President Mary Sue Coleman’s Advisory Group, the University Musical Society Senate, the Social Work Development Committee Campaign Taskforce, the Advisory Board of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Greater Detroit Leadership Gift Committee, the Director’s Cabinet in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Health System Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. With his wife, Susan, Mr. Rogel has made a campaign gift to establish the Rogel Scholars Program, the largest contribution ever made to the University for financial aid, which provides support to out-of-state students.
Mr. Rogel is a member of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organization, the American Preferred Health Networks, the American Hospital Association, and the Greater Detroit Health Council. He is non-operating chairman of CoolSavings.com and Director of Quelsys, Incorporated. Mr. Rogel serves as a director of the Michigan Cancer Foundation.
Craig R. Sincock acquired Avfuel Corporation in 1985. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a regional fuel supplier to its current position as a leading independent global supplier of aviation fuel and services. Mr. Sincock accomplished this growth through a strategic mix of 22 acquisitions (four of which were publicly-traded company spin-offs), internal sales growth and marketing alliances. Avfuel currently serves over 4,000 aviation customers at over 3,000 worldwide locations.
Mr. Sincock continues to focus on further international expansion with the goal of realizing his vision to build a company that drives the connections of people, business and culture.
The passion for aviation that led Mr. Sincock to purchase Avfuel is evident through his continued devotion to the company’s success as well as through his advocacy efforts. He has served on the boards of several prominent industry organizations, including the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA), among others. Past positions include seats on the Pride Refining Inc Board of Directors (PRF: NYSE) and Duncan Aviation Board of Advisors. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international organization fostering educational development and networking opportunities for company leaders. He is also an active participant in the National Aviation Transportation Association (NATA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and more.
Mr. Sincock graduated from the University of Michigan and continues to reside in Ann Arbor with his wife, Sue. The Sincocks’ philanthropic efforts extend well beyond the aviation community; they are staunch supporters of organizations for health care and education such as the University of Michigan, and Mr. Sincock has served as the Senior Co-Chair of the Harvard College Parents Fund.
Elizabeth Schmidt emigrated with her parents from Austria to Detroit in 1952, where she met and married her husband, Markus Schmidt. Together they founded Atlas Tool, Incorporated, a supplier of tools, dies, and prototype parts, mostly for the automotive industry. Atlas Tool has been honored by many organizations, especially NASA for several contributions to engineering that have benefited the space program.
Elizabeth Schmidt was recognized in 2008 by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chapter, with the Pinnacle Award, as one of the Top 10 Michigan Business Women. Her philanthropic interests include education, engineering, and medical research, providing endowed scholarships to schools from the primary to post-graduate levels.
Edward R. Schulak is an architect, entrepreneur, national real estate developer, inventor and international business leader in both foreign trade and commodities.
Mr. Schulak graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture. He also attended St. Johns College of Classical Studies and the Rackham College of Graduate Studies at The University of Michigan. He was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and licensed as an architect in fourteen states. He has numerous patents in energy conservation and refrigeration and is published and has presented papers for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.
Mr. Schulak was co-founder of Metro International Trade Services LLC. This firm is one of the largest logistics and warehouse providers for metal in the world. He also co-founded LiteLaser, LLC, a company that developed a new generation of CO2 lasers, and International Airport Centers which pioneered and developed air cargo parks throughout the United States.
Mr. Schulak has served on numerous charitable, academic, and business boards.
William (Billy) S. Taubman is chief operating officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. He is responsible for development, acquisitions operations and leasing. Mr. Taubman also serves as a director of the company.
Mr. Taubman joined the company in 1986 from Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. in New York, where he was a financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Russian Studies. He also holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Mr. Taubman is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He is Chairman of New Detroit, an organization dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area, serves on the board of Governors for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and is past Chairman of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Lawrence A. Wolfe was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Detroit with his family in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1969 and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1972
Mr. Wolfe practiced law for seven years specializing in corporate and labor law. In 1979, he joined Production Tool Supply Company, an international distributor of industrial tools, supplies, and machinery. He became President of this company in 2003.
Mr. Wolfe is married to the former Andrea Kahn, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He is an active participant or board member in many organizations including: American Technion Society, Bar Ilan University, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Jewish Community Center Association (North America), Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (2012-13 Campaign Chair), Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network (West Bloomfield/Detroit), National Men’s ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation & Training), and United Israel Appeal (UIA). He is General Chairman of Israel Bonds for Metro Detroit and past-president of Adat Shalom Synagogue as well as the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit.
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