WJR FEATURES | DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB RISING STARS

News/Talk 760 WJR and the Detroit Economic Club are proud to recognize our 2021 class of Rising Stars!  We’re honoring 10 local leaders ~ all of them under the age of 40 ~ for the impact they’re making in their industry, community, and family. 

Catch a new honoree every Monday through August 16 on “The Guy Gordon Show,” or come back to WJR.com and catch up on-demand, anytime. 

2021 RISING STARS HONOREES:

ANGIE PERKINS
ASSOCIATE RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP

Angie Perkins is the Associate Relationship Manager, AVP for PNC Financial Services Group and has shared responsibilities in treasury Management for public finance coupled with credit support for the Detroit Commercial Team. She is also an active participant and demonstrates dedication in attracting and retaining diverse talent as a member of PNC’s Treasury Management Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Sub-Committee.

ALEX GOLDSMITH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NEW CITY KIDS DETROIT

Alex Goldsmith is the Executive Director for New City Kids Detroit and has recently launched the new location in response to the challenges that kids were facing at home, socially, and academically as a result of the pandemic. While many other youth service organizations had to close their doors this year, Alex and his team built momentum and hired a staff to enable the offering of individualized mentorship, professional music lessons, and rigorous college readiness support. 

KATIE GANDY
SENIOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
BARTON MALOW

Katie Gandy is the Senior Community Engagement Specialist for Barton Malow and has been an integral part in working with clients and community stakeholders to increase transparency and inclusion for the neighborhoods her organization builds. She also supports programs like Barton Malow’s Boot Camp, a six-week program that provides a workforce that mirrors the diverse communities that her organization operates in with hands-on experience at an active job site.

ADELAIDE PASCARIS
SENIOR MANAGER OF LOCAL AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 
ITC HOLDINGS CORP.

Adelaide Pascaris is the Senior Manager of Local and Community Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp. and implements organizational strategy in the southeastern Michigan region and enhances relationships with area communities and local government groups and officials. She also oversees partnerships with charitable organizations, has held positions in information technology, and is a certified project management professional.

LESTER BOOKER JR.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND
INCLUSION COMMUNICATIONS
CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC

Lester Booker Jr. is the Vice President and Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications at Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and is responsible for creating an integrated, enterprise-wide approach to DE&I Communications. In addition to this, Lester leads the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Communications efforts to showcase his company’s commitment to diversity in a meaningful way, which is directly aligned to advancing key business objectives.

ANDREA TRUDEAU
EVENT SERVICES DIRECTOR
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION

Andrea Trudeau is the Event Services Director at Detroit Auto Dealers Association, and handles the job with firmness, political savvy, and diplomacy as needed. Working with all types of parties and groups, Andrea designs the floor planning and layouts for auto shows, as well as traveling all over the world to meet with suppliers and auto companies to encourage them to participate. She is currently the lead with the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, organizing the new Motor Bella, featuring car brands from around the world!

SARAH ZIGILA
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
ORBIS HOLDING GROUP

Sarah Zigila is the Vice President of Operations and Partnerships at Orbis Holding Group, and she is a force to be reckoned with! As a professional trainer and human resources expert, her enthusiasm, energy, and drive are contagious, and she uplifts those that are around her. Sarah impacts her industry by facilitating courageous conversations about Diversity and Inclusion, embracing emerging markets to teach human resource strategy, hiring an awesome team to surround her, and so much more! 

LIZ DOERR
REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY SPECIALIST
MEIJER

Liz Doerr is a regional food safety specialist for Meijer. She serves as part of the Meijer Food Safety team, contributing the focus on freshness of Meijer products and is responsible for communicating safety lessons and messages as well as building relationships with leaders within Meijer and local regulatory inspectors. Her impact is seen over 45 Meijer and Fresh Thyme retail stores and gas stations, distribution facilities, manufacturing facilities, and other areas throughout the supply chain. 

JAY BROWN
CHIEF SALES OFFICER
JOHN L GROUP

Jermaine Brown, husband, father, entrepreneur, and community investor, works to positively impact the lives of others.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, a corporate ambassador and member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Detroit Economic Club.

LISA PEPPEL
GLOBAL COMMODITY DIRECTOR
ADIENT

Lisa Peppel is a global commodity director in the purchasing department for seating supplier Adient. She manages a global team and is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual spend, covering steel and metal commodities. In this role, Lisa leads the team to achieve cost reduction and new sourcing targets; develops contingency plans for suppliers to avoid production disruptions; and resolves open commercial issues.

ANGIE PERKINS
ASSOCIATE RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP

Angie Perkins is the Associate Relationship Manager, AVP for PNC Financial Services Group and has shared responsibilities in treasury Management for public finance coupled with credit support for the Detroit Commercial Team. She is also an active participant and demonstrates dedication in attracting and retaining diverse talent as a member of PNC’s Treasury Management Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Sub-Committee.

ALEX GOLDSMITH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NEW CITY KIDS DETROIT

Alex Goldsmith is the Executive Director for New City Kids Detroit and has recently launched the new location in response to the challenges that kids were facing at home, socially, and academically as a result of the pandemic. While many other youth service organizations had to close their doors this year, Alex and his team built momentum and hired a staff to enable the offering of individualized mentorship, professional music lessons, and rigorous college readiness support. 

KATIE GANDY
SENIOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
BARTON MALOW

Katie Gandy is the Senior Community Engagement Specialist for Barton Malow and has been an integral part in working with clients and community stakeholders to increase transparency and inclusion for the neighborhoods her organization builds. She also supports programs like Barton Malow’s Boot Camp, a six-week program that provides a workforce that mirrors the diverse communities that her organization operates in with hands-on experience at an active job site.

ADELAIDE PASCARIS
SENIOR MANAGER OF LOCAL AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 
ITC HOLDINGS CORP.

Adelaide Pascaris is the Senior Manager of Local and Community Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp. and implements organizational strategy in the southeastern Michigan region and enhances relationships with area communities and local government groups and officials. She also oversees partnerships with charitable organizations, has held positions in information technology, and is a certified project management professional.

LESTER BOOKER JR.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND
INCLUSION COMMUNICATIONS
CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC

Lester Booker Jr. is the Vice President and Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications at Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and is responsible for creating an integrated, enterprise-wide approach to DE&I Communications. In addition to this, Lester leads the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Communications efforts to showcase his company’s commitment to diversity in a meaningful way, which is directly aligned to advancing key business objectives.

SARAH ZIGILA
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
ORBIS HOLDING GROUP

Sarah Zigila is the Vice President of Operations and Partnerships at Orbis Holding Group, and she is a force to be reckoned with! As a professional trainer and human resources expert, her enthusiasm, energy, and drive are contagious, and she uplifts those that are around her. Sarah impacts her industry by facilitating courageous conversations about Diversity and Inclusion, embracing emerging markets to teach human resource strategy, hiring an awesome team to surround her, and so much more! 

LIZ DOERR
REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY SPECIALIST
MEIJER

Liz Doerr is a regional food safety specialist for Meijer. She serves as part of the Meijer Food Safety team, contributing the focus on freshness of Meijer products and is responsible for communicating safety lessons and messages as well as building relationships with leaders within Meijer and local regulatory inspectors. Her impact is seen over 45 Meijer and Fresh Thyme retail stores and gas stations, distribution facilities, manufacturing facilities, and other areas throughout the supply chain. 

JAY BROWN
CHIEF SALES OFFICER
JOHN L GROUP

Jermaine Brown, husband, father, entrepreneur, and community investor, works to positively impact the lives of others.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, a corporate ambassador and member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Detroit Economic Club.

LISA PEPPEL
GLOBAL COMMODITY DIRECTOR
ADIENT CORPORATION

Lisa Peppel is a global commodity director in the purchasing department for seating supplier Adient. She manages a global team and is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual spend, covering steel and metal commodities. In this role, Lisa leads the team to achieve cost reduction and new sourcing targets; develops contingency plans for suppliers to avoid production disruptions; and resolves open commercial issues.

ABOUT THE DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB:

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government, and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st Century economic environment.

The DEC offers its members a variety of meetings, groups, and activities, Including the Young Leader program, which brings together a generation on the rise to develop, inspire, and connect.

Learn more and become a member at EconClub.org.

ABOUT THE DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB:

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government, and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st Century economic environment.

The DEC offers its members a variety of meetings, groups, and activities, Including the Young Leader program, which brings together a generation on the rise to develop, inspire, and connect.

Learn more and become a member at EconClub.org.

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