Rakesh has twenty years of experience in diesel powertrain development, including engineering leadership and program leadership responsibilities in the fields of advanced engine, aftertreatment and OBD system development. His core competencies include technology and product development (from technical concept through field sustaining); engineering project and platform management; global organization development and collaboration; people development; and continuous improvement via process and tools optimization. Rakesh received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, U.S.A. and his Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
Clifford Brown is a Managing Partner of Woodborn Partners and Analyst with Ford Motor Company. He graduated with an undergraduate degree and MBA in Finance from The Ohio State University. He serves on the Trustee Board of Metropolitan Church of God and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Amy Green Deines is the Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art, appointed July 2016. Prior to coming to Cranbrook, she was a Professor and Interim Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where she also acted as Executive Director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT). Deines also sits on the National Organization of Minority Architects Detroit Board of Directors. She has traveled extensively, teaching in Warsaw, Poland at the Warsaw Institute of Technology (WAPW), and in Germany, Italy and Canada.
Joe Esposito is the CEO of Managed Programs, LLC, plastic component supplier to the auto and marine industry. He has 25 years of Operations and Supply Chain experience. Mr. Esposito holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Originally from the Chicago area, Joe relocated to Northville, Michigan with his wife and three kids. He is a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Northville.
Joe Freers is a Director within the Risk Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). Dedicated to a career spanning both PwC’s Detroit and Philadelphia offices, Joe provides specialized consulting in risk, controls, audit and compliance for mid-market private through large multi-national public companies. Cultivating a passion for connecting with people and developing our community’s youth, Joe is an active volunteer in the United Way Emerging Philanthropists organization, and serves as PwC’s local firm liaison to various charities such as Cornerstone Schools and directly to the Downtown Boxing Gym. Joe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business. Joe is a devoted husband, father to 3 active children, and a resident of Southeastern Michigan.
By day, Nick is a partner with the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP where he serves at the vice-chairman of the firm’s litigation department. He previously served for several years as the chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, where he organized the firm’s donation of free legal services to its pro bono partners, and the firm’s hiring partner, where he helped bring the nation’s top law students and attorneys to Detroit. By night and weekend, Nick is extremely active in civic and charitable endeavors in Detroit, including most significantly serving as the founder and chairman of Hatch Detroit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports and funds storefront retail businesses in Detroit neighborhoods. Nick is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School.
David Moss is the Senior Partner of Moss & Colella, P.C. He has successfully litigated thousands of cases in Michigan State and Federal Courts on behalf of clients for more than 30 years. He is highly respected by both plaintiff and defense litigators and regarded as a skilled and tenacious advocate. Mr. Moss is a loving father and family man. He is also committed to helping others and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.
John Owens is Senior Director, Marketing and Public Relations for Forgotten Harvest. He has served in that capacity over the past five years. Prior to his “encore” career at Forgotten Harvest, John held senior management positions in Marketing and Communications with major financial institutions in the Midwest. John has two children who currently live in Chicago and has been married to the love of his life, Susan Greenwald, for the past thirty-five years.
Michael Perkins is the Corporate Sales Manager at WDET 101.9 FM, Detroit’s NPR radio station. He has 19 years of media sales experience with 11 years in commercial radio sales with CBS and Clear Channel Communications. Michael brings his commercial sales, marketing and promotions experience to public radio, assisting corporate and non-profit underwriting clients reach WDET’s quality audience. He has an M.B.A. from The University of Detroit and a B.A. in International Business and French from Alma College.
Matthew Roling is a Director of Business Development for Rock Ventures, the entity that provides strategic coordination to the Quicken Loans family of companies. His day job includes managing strategic or growth initiatives related to gaming, venture firms, commercial real estate, or urban revitalization. A resident of downtown Detroit since moving to Michigan in 2003, Matthew is an avid cook and traveler.
Todd Sachse is CEO and founder of Sachse Construction, and vice president of Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc. Over the past 22 years, he has developed a loyal clientele of high-end customers who require detailed expertise in design and construction. Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1985. He is a licensed builder in dozens of states, certified LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Level Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (SCDP)