Written by Robin Schwartz
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan honored six regional executives Wednesday night who are driving growth and making an impact in highly competitive industries. Bedrock Real Estate Services Managing Partner and CEO Jim Ketai is among this year’s Champions of the New Economy along with Valiena Allison, President and CEO of Experi-Metal, Inc., Brian Balasai, CEO of Digerati Inc., Ramzi Hermiz, President and CEO of Shiloh Industries, Mark Schostak, Executive Chairman of Team Schostak Family Restaurants, and Ted Serbinski, Managing Director of Techstars.
“Thank you for this honor,” Ketai said. “I want to commend Junior Achievement on your ongoing mission to empower young people to own their economic success. At Bedrock, we’re helping breathe new life into the city for future generations. Junior Achievement is inspiring the leaders who will move Detroit forward for generations to come.”
Junior Achievement’s mission is to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The organization provides educational programs to students across Southeastern Michigan. Over more than six decades, Junior Achievement has touched the lives of 1.5 million young people providing business, economics and life-skills programs. Click HERE to learn more about Junior Achievement’s programs, to volunteer, or make a financial contribution.
Ketai started Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm, in 2011 along with Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures. In four years, the company has invested $1.7 billion in more than 70 properties in downtown Detroit. In addition, Bedrock and its affiliates have helped locate more than 120 new businesses to retail and office spaces in the city’s urban core. The company also plays an active role in placemaking, activating public spaces with basketball courts, outdoor seating, and even pianos on the streets for people to play. Bedrock is also helping infuse the downtown area with murals and vibrant works of art, creating public art spaces for the community to enjoy.
A dinner reception and awards ceremony to honor this year’s champions took place May 6 at the Quicken Loans J.A. Finance Park in downtown Detroit.
Congratulations, Jim and thank you for all you do!
Left to right – Mark Schostak, Ramzi Hermiz, Jim Ketai, Gerald Chiddick, Ted Serbinski, Valiena Allison, Brian Balasai
Photo: Christine M.J. Hathaway