BIZ Board of Directors

  • BIZ Board of Directors


Tricia A. Keith, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tricia A. Keith is executive vice president, chief of staff and corporate secretary for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Keith’s role as chief of staff includes board and senior management governance body coordination along with BCBSM Corporate Services. Keith’s current priority is supporting BCBSM’s Board of Directors through its transition of becoming a nonprofit mutual insurer and further demonstrating BCBSM’s commitment.

Vice Chair

George P. Barnes, Jr., Founder, Heritage Optical

Active in the Detroit community since 1975, George P. Barnes, Jr. is the founder of Heritage Optical Center, Inc. and Heritage Vision Plans, Inc. Heritage Optical Center, Inc. is Michigan’s first African-American-owned and operated full service optical dispensary and today comprises three Detroit retail locations. Heritage Vision Plans, Inc. (HVP) is a full-service vision benefit plan management company which manages and administers vision programs for a range of national public and private clients utilizing the HVP national provider network.


Mike McLauchlan, Vice President of Government Relations, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Mike McLauchlan, Vice President of Government Relations, joined Ilitch Holdings, Inc. in 2008. McLauchlan has spent more than 26 years building strong relationships at all levels of the community. Previously, he was senior vice president and manager of government relations for Comerica Incorporated. There he was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Comerica’s local, state and federal government relations activities.


Richard J. Hosey III, Hosey Development LLC

Richard J. Hosey III’s real estate experience entails development, consulting, financing and asset management of more than 80 projects totaling over $2.75 billion in development costs. Hosey Development is currently developing a 25-unit market rate multifamily loft development in Midtown Detroit in the former Tushiyah United Hebrew School and co-developing 1212 Griswold, 1145 Griswold and 1249 Griswold into 240 units of market rate loft apartments and 80,000 square feet of office and commercial space in Downtown Detroit.


Charles Beckham, Group Executive for Neighborhoods, City of Detroit

Charles Beckham is now retired. He previously oversaw the Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department and the Department of Neighborhoods. Having served at an executive level over five administrations over the last 40+ years, Beckham has also run his own management consulting firm, held numerous engineering management positions at General Motors Company and co-founded and served as Executive Director of the African American Association of Businesses & Contractors.

David Di Rita, Principal, Roxbury Group

David Di Rita has 25 years experience as a transactional attorney and real estate professional. He is actively involved in the Roxbury Group’s real estate development projects as well as its advisory work with corporate, governmental and non-profit clients. Roxbury has advanced numerous development projects in greater Downtown Detroit, including the Auburn, the David Whitney Building, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Activity Center, and the Griswold.

J. Christopher Ferchill, Vice President of Development, Ferchill Group

As the President of Development for The Ferchill Group, J. Christopher Ferchill partnered with his father to complete the $180 million rehabilitation of the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel and Residences in 2008. As an owner of the hotel, Ferchill maintains direct involvement in hotel operations. In addition, Ferchill opens and operates Michael Symon’s Roast in the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, noted as one of the country’s best steak restaurants.


Linda D. Forte, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officer, Comerica Bank

Linda D. Forte served as the senior vice president of Business Affairs and chief diversity officer for Comerica Bank. She was responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices and has achieved national recognition for the bank’s diversity efforts. Forte also was responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Corporate Contributions and Civic Affairs, overseeing corporate giving and community involvement programs.

Kenneth L. Harris, President and CEO, National Business League, Inc.

Dr. Kenneth L. Harris is known for his innovative style and visionary approach to addressing societal and economic challenges within disadvantaged, minority and underserved communities. Dr. Harris has become one of the most influential 40-and-under leaders in the country, with a track record of helping entrepreneurs and organizations succeed in commerce-driven activity. Dr. Harris now serves as the president and CEO of the National Business League, Inc., with access to 2.9 million Black-owned businesses across the United States with 365 local leagues across the country. The National Business League (NBL) was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington in 1900.

Debra Homic Hoge, Global Director of Real Estate, General Motors Company

Debra Homic Hoge is the global director of real estate at GM and is responsible for the acquisition, disposition and redevelopment of corporate real estate throughout the world. GM’s portfolio consists of over 335 million square feet. She maintains a State of Michigan Brokers License, and has also received a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation from CoreNet, a global real estate consortium where she now serves on the Global Board of Directors.

Nancy J. Moody, Vice President of Public Affairs, DTE Energy

Nancy J. Moody is vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Moody is responsible for Force for Growth and Prosperity work with DTE Energy’s community-facing activities, including philanthropy through the DTE Energy Foundation, volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, environmental leadership, policy leadership, community outreach, and economic progress.

Michael Neubecker, President and Chief Operating Officer, MGM Grand Detroit

Michael (Mike) Neubecker serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Detroit. Neubecker brings extensive knowledge and experience to his new role, having successfully achieved significant leadership positions throughout MGM Resorts. A native of Michigan, Neubecker joined MGM Resorts in 1993 in the Accounting Department at MGM Grand Las Vegas. During his 7 year tenure there, he served in various positions, including Director of Finance, Construction Controller, and Senior Accountant.

Steve Ogden, Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs, Quicken Loans

Steve Ogden is the Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs at Quicken Loans. Ogden leads a small team of people focused on strategy development, policy creation and engagement for the organization. Prior to his current role, Ogden played a significant role, leading initiatives throughout the family of companies, specifically as a Director of Corporate & Government Affairs at Rock Ventures and as the Director of Real Estate Development for Bedrock Real Estate Services (Bedrock).


Dwight W. Phillips, Member and Shareholder, Phifer, Phillips & White, PC

A native Detroiter, Dwight W. Phillips was a practicing attorney and a shareholder in the law firm of Phifer, Phillips & White, P.C. The firm has been located in downtown Detroit since its inception in 1981. It is presently housed in the historic L.B. King Building at 1274 Library Street. Phillips is also the managing partner of Annis Historic Properties, P. C, which purchased and developed the L.B. King Building in 1986. Phillips is now retired.

Phillip Pierce, Managing Member, Pierce, Monroe & Associates LLC

Phillip Pierce is the managing member of Pierce, Monroe & Associates, which provides financial, management and information technology consulting services. He has extensive experience in financial and information systems consulting beginning with his employment with Arthur Andersen & Company. In 1985 he joined Loren Monroe, former treasurer of the State of Michigan, to form Pierce, Monroe & Associates, LLC. Pierce is nationally known for his expertise as he has led strategic planning efforts for more than forty different organizations.