Mott Community College (MCC) Distinguished Alumnus Dr. William F. Pickard will present his Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship to students, faculty and staff at his alma mater at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 in a livestreamed event sponsored by the Foundation for MCC. Following his presentation, Dr. Pickard will answer questions from the audience.
The Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship come from his book “Millionaire Moves.” The book outlines his journey to success starting at Flint Junior College (formerly MCC).
Pickard, class of 1962, is chairman and executive founder of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, GAA New Ventures, co-managing partner MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of Bearwood Management McDonald’s and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers.
He has served on numerous business and non-profit boards including Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, Michigan National Bank, LaSalle Bank, Business Leaders for Michigan, National Urban League, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the National Park Foundation and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
In 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer awarded Dr. Pickard The Michigan Lifetime Humanitarian Award. In 2001, Pickard was awarded Michiganian of the Year for his business success, civic leadership and philanthropy.
Pickard was the first chairman of the African Development Foundation in 1982, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and under President George Bush he was appointed to The National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations (1990) the Federal Home Loan Bank Board-Indianapolis Bank in Indiana (1991).
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. The William F. Pickard Living Center is named in his honor at Grand Valley State University.
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