Revitalization & Business Initiative

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Conference Panels
Art and Soul of Detroit - Investing in the Creative Economy
Bethany Betzler

Bethany Betzler is Associate Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), an economic development organization devoted to accelerating creative innovation in Detroit. Bethany is currently leading a cohort of 17 businesses through the DC3′s Creative Ventures Program, which is focused on delivering targeted industry knowledge, mentoring, advisory support and business development in a collaborative and design-centric setting. Bethany is also a Co-founder of the UK-based Idea Engineering Agency, which develops new tools for problem-solving, community building, and innovation in projects across the globe. Bethany has an MA from University of the Arts London and studied entrepreneurship at London Business School, as well as a BA degree in Choreography from Columbia College in Chicago. Her own creative practice has been based in choreography and dance-making, where she fell in love with dance films, site-specific performances, and producing multi-media events with companies in Chicago, L.A., and Detroit. Bethany is on the advisory boards of Kiva Detroit and 71 Pop and Declare Detroit's steering committee.

Dante Marshall, 25, President, CEO of The Art Direction

The Art Direction is a full service creative agency. We conceptualize, produce, and develop projects across several mediums including visual design, photography, digital programming, and cinematography. As a young company, we are eager to acquire accounts and find ourselves untainted by routinized or conventional approaches. Instead of thinking outside the box, at The Art Direction - we take the box, and make origami. We also place a premium on reliability and excellent client service. As individuals we each specialize in separate mediums yet, together we have been able to produce engaging content for national brands such as Grey Goose, McDonald’s, Def Jam and Ambassador Magazine. While some creative agencies rest on ambiguous verbiage and over the top proposals to wow the client, we simply deliver.

Cézanne J. Charles

Cézanne J. Charles is Director of Creative Industries at ArtServe Michigan, directing the policies and programs that support individual creative practitioners. Its programs reach statewide to provide the knowledge, networks and advocacy needed to help empower the practices of artists, designers, and designer-makers within the state. Aimed at demonstrating the innovative capacities of individual artists and creative practitioners, programs include the Kresge Artist Fellows Professional Practice Opportunities program, the Creative Many Seminars for Artists, Community Supported Art Detroit, and the upcoming Design Futures summit. Charles is an artist and curator and co-founded the hybrid art & design studio rootoftwo in 1998 (with John Marshall). Charles joined ArtServe Michigan in 2008.

Jennifer Guerra

Jennifer covers arts and culture for Michigan Radio. Her stories range from author interviews to cultural trends to the relationship between arts and the economy. Before joining the station in 2005, she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in New York

Her stories have won numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her "Subculture" series on NYC’s subway system. She was named Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit chapter of Society of Professional Journalists in 2007.

A Michigan native, Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan and received her master’s from Fordham University in New York. When the headphones come off, she spends her time tap dancing, playing tennis and baking.

Phillip Cooley

Phillip Cooley opened Slows Bar B Q and Slows To Go with various partners and is a general contractor with O’Connor Development. Because of Slows success, Cooley has been afforded the opportunity to help residents of Detroit in need. He works on projects ranging from helping others open small businesses, to designing and building public spaces. He is passionate about Detroit because he believes that it is a Democratic city where all are welcome to participate.

Edible Detroit - How a Culture of Food is Shaping Detroit's Economy
Amanda Musilli

Amanda has been with Whole Foods Market since 2005, and was the Michigan marketing team leader prior to taking on the role as Detroit community liaison in 2011. Amanda has nearly 10 years of experience in marketing, event planning and community outreach & organizing, and has lived and worked in New York City, Atlanta, GA and Detroit. Amanda and her husband moved to Detroit in 2005, from Atlanta, and have lived in Downtown Detroit ever since.

Jackie Victor

Jackie Victor is the co-founder of Avalon International Breads, delighting over 1,000 customers and 40 restaurants seven days per week with baked goods. Their vision of an “Agri-Urban” economy is beginning to come to life in the seeds of a new economy with sustainability and community at its core. With a commitment to Earth, Community, and Employees, Avalon International Breads continues to inspire growth and fulfill their mission: Eat Well. Do Good. Ms. Victor has lived in Detroit (a suburban Detroit expatriate) since earning her Political Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1988. She is the proud parent of Rafaella (11) and Ari (6), who are now hard-core Detroiters in their own rite. Jackie is on the Board of Greening of Detroit, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and the Boggs Educational Center, a place-based elementary school inpsired by James and Grace Boggs.

Jess Daniel

Jess Daniel spends her time thinking about how to change the world through financially sustainable, environmentally restorative, socially transformative responsible food businesses. Since graduating from Stanford in 2006, she’s grown an education start-up from 5 to 80 employees; managed product marketing for Google's email service for schools and non-profits; developed programs to support girls’ education at a local NGO in Cambodia; organized briefings on sustainable ag for congressional committee staff; processed chickens on a small farm off the coast of Washington, and conceived and planned a national incubation laboratory to develop local food distribution businesses. She started a popup restaurant soon after moving to Detroit in July 2010 which connected her to a vibrant, inspiring community of food entrepreneurs and activists that inspired the formation of FoodLab Detroit. When she’s not hanging out with the FoodLab crew, she practices her facilitation skills at various community meetings and moonlights as a PhD student in sustainable food systems at MSU.

Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges

Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges is a graduate of Central Michigan University's MBA program. In 2005, Mrs. Bridges joined the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, a non-profit organization that works with businesses, government and other organizations throughout Detroit to encourage and manage economic development projects. As DEGC's Business Development Manager, Ms. Bridges focuses on Food Cluster Strategy and works diligently to retain existing Detroit businesses and assist them in their efforts to expand their Detroit footprint.

Randall Fogelman

Randall Fogelman joined Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) as the director of special projects and business development in February 2007. EMC is a nonprofit organization that manages Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, the largest historic public market district in the country. In January of 2009, Fogelman was promoted to Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he manages Eastern Market 360º, EMC’s renovation and construction initiative to improve and revitalize the market core. To date, he has served as the project manager on the complete renovation of Shed 2 ($1.2 million) and the complete renovation and modernization of Shed 3 ($6.2 million). The renovation of the historic Shed 3, which dates back to 1922, has received numerous awards from industry and trade groups. He is currently managing the planning for the renovation and adaptive reuse of Shed 5 including the construction of a community kitchen.

Fogelman is responsible for recruitment and leasing activities as part of EMC's effort to bring new and innovative farmers and vendors to the market. He also is responsible for the creation and management of the successful Eastern Market Bridge Card Program, which enables recipients of federal food-assistance benefits to use their Bridge Card (Electronic Debit Card) at the Market. Since the program’s inception in July of 2007, more than $550,000 has been spent by Bridge Card users at the Market, providing fresh and wholesome produce to those who, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, have consistently had the least access to it. In addition, Fogelman served as the manager of the successful Mo’Bucks Pilot Program during the summer of 2009, which offered a dollar-for-dollar match of Bridge Card customers, up to $10, for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables at Eastern Market and four other markets in Detroit. In the summer of 2010, he oversaw the launch of the Double Up Food Bucks program at five Detroit markets, which offered a $20 match. This was the second generation of the program and was eventually rolled out state-wide.

Fogelman oversaw and directed the creation of Eastern Market’s website and also managed Eastern Market’s role in the Fresh Food Share (FFS), setting up purchasing and distribution policies and procedures that endure to this day. FFS is a collaboration between Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Greening of Detroit that allows residents of targeted areas of the city to purchase a monthly food box, loaded with locally grown produce, for $17.

While working for New Center Council, Inc. (NCC) from September 2001 until December 31, 2006, Fogelman held dual roles. He served as the Director of Marketing for the Council as well as Festival Director for the Comerica TasteFest (later CityFest).  He continues to consult on marketing and special events as a consultant to other events in the region.

Fogelman was responsible for coordinating all of the marketing activities of the Council, including newsletters, eNewsletters, website, brochures and more, and directing and planning all aspects of the annual Comerica TasteFest. The Comerica TasteFest, organized and run by New Center Council, Inc., was southeastern Michigan’s premier outdoor festival held annually over the Fourth of July weekend in Detroit’s New Center. This virtual “city fest” included outstanding food from over 40 area restaurants, both national and local music on four stages, unique shopping from Detroit’s most au courant retailers at the Second Avenue Street Market, plus plenty of activities for the entire family. As director of TasteFest, Fogelman was directly responsible for the recruitment of all food, beverage and merchandise vendors, the creation and distribution of all marketing materials (28-page newspaper supplement, brochure, radio ads, posters, newspaper advertisements and more), raising over $375,000 in sponsorships each year, establishing sponsorship partnerships with area radio stations, the hiring of national and local talent for all four stages as well as all other aspects of the festival. Before working at NCC, Fogelman was an associate at Midtown Development Group in Detroit. Midtown Development is a firm that specialized in the renovation of historic buildings in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit.

In August of 2010, Fogelman completed the National Development Council’s rigorous Economic Development Finance Certification program, finishing at the top of his class, and is now a Certified Economic Development Professional. The program covered topics such as small business lending, business credit analysis, real estate finance, deal-structuring and tax credit use (federal, state, new market, brownfield, etc.).

Fogelman is also the creator and owner of the Detroit Spice Co. (DSC). DSC produces a product line consisting of six specialty spices blends and three hot sauces that celebrate Detroit’s rich ethnic heritage. DSC products are available at grocery stores, specialty food stores and gift shops throughout Michigan and at

Fogelman is the author of Detroit’s New Center by Arcadia Publishing. Detroit’s New Center traces the history of New Center from its founding in the beginning of the twentieth century to the promising future through historic and new photos. He is currently working on a similar book about the rich history of the Eastern Market District. Fogelman is also president of the homeowners' association of the renovated loft warehouse, in Midtown, Detroit, where he lives. Fogelman has lived in the City of Detroit since 1994.

A graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class 25, Fogelman has been a board member of the National Association of Produce Market Managers since 2008 and in March of 2011 he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Michigan Farmers Market Association’s (MIFMA) board of directors. Fogelman was elected to the Founder’s Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts in May 2011 and is also an active member of the Community Outreach Committee at the Detroit Athletic Club. Fogelman is a past president of Encore!, the young professionals group of the Michigan Opera Theatre. In the spring of 2003, the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association recognized him as a 2002-2003 Outstanding Volunteer and in November of 2005, he was named one of the five emerging leaders in Crain’s Detroit Business’ inaugural Who’s Who list.

In September 2011, Fogelman was named one of 30 in their 30’s by DBusiness Magazine and in October 2011, he was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s annual 40 Under 40.

Fogelman received a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University in 1995, and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Incubating Entrepreneurship
Bryan Kunka

Bryan is the Co-Founder and CEO of a neighborhood research tool that helps those who are moving or relocating, narrow down which neighborhood to live in before getting in the car. Visit for details. Bryan handles the day-to-day business, partner relations, as well as much of the sales. He worked for Quicken Loans and its family of companies for the previous seven years - covering both the mortgage and real estate industry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children and refuses to drink anything but Coke on most days. Bryan attended Full Sail University and graduated with a degree in Computer Animation and Visual Effects.

Ganesh (Ananth) Ananthasubramaniam

Ganesh "Ananth" Ananthasubramaniam is a vice president of DTE Energy Ventures, a venture capital operation that invests in and works with energy technology companies. Since joining DTE Energy in 1995, Ananth has been on the board as a director or an observer of a number of portfolio companies. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Ananth was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and EDS.

Reid Tatoris

Reid Tatoris ’04, MBA ’11, is the co-founder of Are You A Human (AYAH), a tech startup founded at the Ross School of Business and now located in Detroit. In 2011, AYAH was a top finished at the Rice University Business Plan Competition and was named by Huffington Post as one of the best Detroit tech startups of the year. Prior to Ross, Reid spent five years in high tech consulting with Accenture. Reid grew up in metro Detroit, and currently lives Downtown.

Ocie Irons

Ocie Irons is the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at TechTown, a business incubator located in Detroit and home to over 250 growing companies. Ocie is also a principal at Ironbridge Development, a small business consulting firm based in Farmington Hills. Additionally, he is a member of the Michigan Business and Professional Association and has been a Kauffman FastTrac Facilitator. Immediately prior to joining TechTown, Ocie was a partner at SenseAide LLC, a healthcare technology company also located in Southeast Michigan.

Jacob Cohen

Jacob is a Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners, a venture capital fund.  Jacob currently sits on the boards of various DVP portfolio companies. Prior to DVP, Jacob was co-founder and CEO of (formerly, a web-based advertising company which sold in 2006. He also spent two years as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Jacob holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is concurrently finishing his JD / MBA at the University of Michigan Law School and the Ross School of Business.

Place (re)making
David Blaszkiewicz – Panelist

David Blaszkiewicz is a Michigan native who has been committed to Detroit’s rebirth for more than 20 years. David presides as CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership and President of Invest Detroit. In both of his roles, David has worked to lay the groundwork for public, private, and philanthropic partnerships that support strategic planning for community initiatives and job creation in downtown Detroit. In addition, David has facilitated the financing of several catalytic commercial projects throughout Detroit including: the residential component of the Book Cadillac Hotel, One Kennedy Square, and Slow’s To-Go, an expansion of the original Corktown BBQ landmark to the heart of Midtown’s Cass Corridor. David earned a bachelor of science in business from Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Ernie Zachary – Panelist

Ernie Zachary is the founder and president of Zachary & Associates, Inc., a Detroit-based consultancy founded in 1984 that specializes in providing a wide spectrum of economic development services. Zachary & Associates has helped clients secure more than $50 million in grant funding for projects with a capitalization totaling more than $300 million. Ernie’s expertise in real estate development and land use includes development financing, community, strategic, and residential development planning, research and market analysis, and project management. Ernie holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Wayne State University.

John Mogk, J.D., Discussion Moderator

John Mogk graduated with distinction from The University of Michigan Law School in 1964. Upon completion of his juris doctor, Professor Mogk practiced law in New York City, where he provided legal counsel to the pioneering revitalization efforts of Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York

In 1968 Professor Mogk joined Wayne State University’s Law School. He began his career in Detroit conducting research, teaching, and fostering engagement opportunities in the fields of urban law and policy on such issues as economic development, neighborhood rehabilitation and intergovernmental cooperation. Professor Mogk has assumed many public leadership positions, including his current position as Chair of the Michigan Council on Labor and Economic Growth. He has been an adviser to the state, Wayne County and the City of Detroit on a variety of urban development initiatives, specifically the City of Detroit Empowerment Zone program. Professor Mogk also teaches courses in Property, State and Local Government Law, Energy, Land Use Planning, and Urban Development.

Sue Mosey – Panelist

Sue Mosey is a native Detroiter and president of Midtown Detroit Inc., an organization formed out of the merger of two formerly separate community development entities in the Midtown area: New Center Council and the University Cultural Center Association. As a long-time leader in Midtown, Sue has worked to secure over $500 million dollars in new investments to the district over the past 20 years, including new commercial ventures and 3,000 planned or completed housing units since 2000. Most recently, Sue secured the $8 million nationally awarded historic renovation of the “Inn on Ferry Street.” In summer 2011, Sue was awarded the inaugural Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

Malik Goodwin: Vice of President of Project Management, Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) – Panelist

Mr. Goodwin is the Vice President of Project Management of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) a non-profit organization that works with businesses, government and other organizations throughout Detroit to encourage and manage economic development projects throughout the City. In his role as Vice President of Project Management he is responsible for managing the internal administrative activities of the DEGC Project Management Group and providing oversight and support to the Director, Senior Project Managers, and the Real Estate Manager. His previous projects include the $17 million Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District Project, infrastructure improvements to the Capitol Park sub-district of downtown Detroit, and the implementation of over $20 million in infrastructure and streetscape improvements to the downtown streets of Broadway Avenue, Woodward Avenue, and Washington Boulevard. He is a University of Michigan alumnus, receiving a Master of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Lou Glazer – Panelist

Lou Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non- profit organization. Michigan Futureʼs mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations. He currently is heading efforts to (1) organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan and (2) launch 35 new high schools over "eight years to prepare Detroit students for college success. Prior to founding MFI, Lou served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. Lou earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.