Board of Directors

Camille Walker Banks

camille walker banksCamille Walker Banks
Executive Director
Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small Businesses
Wayne State University

Camille Walker Banks is a respected senior advisor to small and large businesses with demonstrated experience in collaborating within and across multiple sectors including public officials, private enterprise, and community representatives.  She is currently executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University, a $500 million investment provided by the Goldman Sachs Foundation to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. Under Camille’s leadership, participating Michigan companies have outpaced the 10kSB program’s national averages, realizing increased revenues and job creation six months after completion. A dedicated finance, marketing and economic development professional in the greater Detroit area, Camille implemented key state and local initiatives around economic development and community revitalization resulting in over $5.5B in new capital investment and over 5,000 new jobs created during the economic downturn. Camille’s 15-year career has a strong foundation in business management, budgeting, and process improvement that spans government, nonprofits, Fortune 500 firms, and higher-education such as KPMG LLP, Chrysler Corporation, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Camille holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and completing a Master of Urban/Regional Planning, with economic development focus, winter 2015, from Wayne State University.

Brandon Barton, DDS

Brandon Barton, DDS
Dentist

Dr. Barton graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1976 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry in 1980. He is married to Lauren Barton, MD and has 3 adult children.

In 1981 Dr. Barton opened a private dental practice located in Northeast Detroit and continues to provide service to the community for over 30 years. His affiliations include membership of National Dental Association, American Dental Association and Wolverine Dental Association. Dr. Barton has served as past president of the Wolverine Dental Society, past president of Meharry Medical College National Alumni Association, former member of Michigan Medical Advisory Council current member of the Board of Trustees-Meharry Medical College, Board Member-City Connect, President-DeLasalle Block Club (NE Detroit) and Chairman-NDA Legislative Committee.

Kevin Smith

Kevin A. Smith
Chief of Staff to the Emergency Manager
Detroit Public Schools

Kevin A. Smith is Chief-of-Staff to the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools, where he brings a wealth of experience in providing policy and legal advice to public officials on state and local municipal law, school law, and public finance, including deficit financing. Smith gained much of his experience as a bond attorney and Partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.L.C, where he practiced for 13 years. He left Miller Canfield in 2011 to become Managing Partner of his own municipal law and public policy firm, Public Solutions Group, PLLC, and to serve as a policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Gary C. Peters for the 9th District of Michigan before eventually joining DPS. Previously Smith served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Smith is a graduate of Renaissance High School, has a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University, Eli Broad School of Business, and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where he was a member of the Wayne Law Review. His community affiliations and activities include service as Chairman of the Mosaic Youth Theater Board, graduate of Leadership Detroit XXVIII,  and membership on the Founders Junior Council Board of the DIA.  He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Glen W. Long, Jr. (Treasurer)

Glen W. Long, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Administration
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Glen W. Long, Jr. is a native Detroiter. He joined the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) in 1992. The DEGC is the lead primary economic development arm for the city of Detroit. In his current role, he manages a team of accounting, administrative, and IT professionals that support the DEGC staff in their ongoing development efforts. Mr. Long oversees the company’s investment portfolio in excess of $100 million. Mr. Long also assists in designing and implementing financing packages for various development projects in the City of Detroit, such as the Book Cadillac Hotel.

Annually, Mr. Long prepares seven companies for financial and compliance audits, that have continually resulted in no material weaknesses or questioned costs. He also prepares and monitors the annual operating and project budgets for the DEGC and the different public authorities it manages.

On the administrative side, Mr. Long oversaw the development and implementation of the organization’s computer network, as well as the migrations and upgrades to software and hardware components of the network, to ensure optimal performance. Mr. Long earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Roderick K. Rickman (Secretary)

Roderick K. Rickman
President and CEO
Rickman Enterprise

Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group is a native Detroiter whose roots are firmly planted in the community. He is the founder of the Rickman Enterprise Group, LLC a industry leader in facility efficiency management, industrial cleaning, industrial painting and interior finishing to the alternative energy, healthcare, education, aerospace, military and automotive industries.

As a successful African American businessman, he dedicates countless hours of his time to various mentoring programs and serves as a huge role model to those individuals that want to make a difference in the community. Mr. Rickman has a strong philanthropic sense. One of his personal missions is to provide sustainable enterprises for the community. He actively participates in organizations that improve the quality of life for those individuals whom are underprivileged. He contributes to more than 30 area organizations including Real Life 101, National Association of Black Suppliers (NABS), American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, and Detroit Area Boy Scouts. Mr. Rickman also provides scholarships for disadvantaged, minority students who want to get a college education.

Dierk L. Hall

Dierk L. Hall
President & CEO
City Connect Detroit

Dierk L. Hall is President and CEO of City Connect Detroit. Mr. Hall joined City Connect Detroit in 2002 and has since served the organization in a variety of progressive capacities, including Program Officer and Vice President. Prior to joining City Connect Detroit, Mr. Hall worked as a Program Officer for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He is currently a member of the board of Adult Well-Being Services and the Homeless Action Network of Detroit. Mr. Hall holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Penny Bailer

Penny Bailer
Executive Director
City Year Detroit

Penny Bailer is the Executive Director of City Year Detroit, a position she has held since 2001. Prior to joining City Year, she served for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council in Detroit. Ms. Bailer served on the Detroit Board of Education from 1990-1994 and is presently a member of the board of several local community organizations, including the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, New Detroit, Communities in Schools, Detroit Urban League, ARISE Detroit and the Detroit Community/Union Leaders Collaborative. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia. Ms. Bailer originally hails from near Atlanta, Georgia.

Dennis J. Clark (Chair)

Dennis J. Clark
Attorney
Clark Law Firm, PLLC

Dennis J. Clark is an attorney with a rich legacy of community involvement. Presently, Mr. Clark operates his own law practice, Clark Law Firm, PLLC.  Prior to this experience, he served as the Vice President of Compliance and Ethics for the Auto Club Group. Mr. Clark was also formerly an attorney and shareholder for Plunkett Cooney, P.C., where he practiced compliance, criminal law, civil rights, and personal injury law. He remains affiliated with several legal organizations. Mr. Clark is a past president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and currently serves on the national Board of Directors and as National President of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association. He is also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Federal Bar Foundation of Detroit and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Mr. Clark has been honored with the Outstanding Service Award from the Catholic Youth Organization and received the Distinguished Service and Commitment award from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Clark is originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Rodney E. Cole, Sr.

Rodney E. Cole Sr.
Regional Manager
DTE Energy

Rodney E. Cole, SPHR, is a Regional Manager in Corporate and Government Affairs with DTE Energy. In his current role in Regional Relations, he is responsible for being the primary contact between DTE Energy and community and local governmental groups and officials within the City of Detroit.

Cole joined DTE Energy in 2006. In his previous role as a Human Resources Client Relations manager, Cole has supported the company’s gas utility and non-regulated gas businesses, electric distribution operations and its Corporate Services and Information Technology areas.

Prior to joining DTE Energy, Cole served as an HR consultant with Capital H Group, providing client-focused recruiting services.  He also was assistant director of Career Services at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Cole currently serves as a mentor for the DTE Energy Emerging Leaders Network and Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund. He also serves on the boards of City Connect Detroit, Don Bosco Hall and the Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody.

Cole earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Food Systems Economics and Management and a master’s of science degree in Organizational Development from Michigan State University.

 

Tanisha A. Sanders

Tanisha A. Sanders
Director, Government Relations
Kellogg Company

Tanisha Sanders is a public policy specialist with a background in government relations. She has served as Chief of Staff to Michigan State Representative Virgil Smith and as Senior Manager of State Government Relations for Covanta Energy, where she oversaw a five state region including Michigan. Ms. Sanders joined Kellogg Company in 2009 as the Associate Director of State and Local Government Relations. She was soon promoted to Director of Government Relations with Kellogg, a position she retains today. Ms. Sanders holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She is a Detroit native with a strong love for the city.

Kimberly Trent (Vice Chair)

Kimberly Trent
Student Recruitment Manager
Michigan Future, Inc.

Kimberly Trent is an accomplished journalist with extensive experience managing Congressional and gubernatorial offices. She began her career as a city hall reporter for the Detroit News, covering a beat that included the Detroit Housing Department and the administrations of Detroit mayors Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer. Subsequently, Ms. Trent served as the Communications Director for Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick; regional manager for Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow; and, most recently, as Director of Michigan Governor Granholm’s Southeast Michigan office. Today, she serves as the Student Recruitment Manager for Michigan Future, Inc. Ms. Trent is very active in the community, having served on the boards of the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of African and African American Art, among other local causes. For her work she has received numerous awards, including the State Bar of Michigan’s Liberty Bell Award and the National Organization of Women’s Harriet Tubman Award. Kimberly Trent lives in downtown Detroit with her husband, Kenneth Coleman.