Recognizing Michael D. Fezzey’s Commitment and Service to the Greater Detroit Area of Michiganby Senator Gary Peters
Posted on 2013-01-25
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 25, 2013
Mr. PETERS of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor long time
philanthropist and community advocate Michael Fezzey for his deep
commitment and years of service to the Greater Detroit area. I've had
the honor of knowing and working with Mike for many years.
Currently, Mike Fezzey is the president of Huntington National Bank's East Michigan region. Prior to joining Huntington, Mike was the president and general manager of WJR-AM radio. In addition to leading WJR from 1994 through 2010, he also launched and ran Radio Disney Detroit programming for ABC.
A native of Detroit, Mike's service to the community has been broad based with particular emphasis on improving the region's philanthropic giving and the image and reputation of Southeast Michigan. He has served on a number of boards including Cornerstone Schools, New Detroit, the Children's Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Detroit Economic Club, the Parade Company, For the Kids Foundation, Sweet Dreamzzz Detroit and Forgotten Harvest. Mike is the former chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber's marketing committee and former president of the Detroit Advertising Association.
In his role with WJR, Mike earned the prestigious Peabody Award from the University of Georgia and the Neil Shine award for philanthropy in journalism. He and his wife were awarded the John Dingell Heroes for Babies award in 2010 and were the Michigan Arthritis Foundation's Tribute to Excellence honorees in 2011. Mike also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Central Michigan University and was named a John Aldinger Honorary Professor by Michigan State University in 2008.
In his current position at Huntington Bank, Mike Fezzey was instrumental in creating a public private partnership that included Huntington Bank, the city of Hamtramck, state officials, the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the Michigan Association of Home Builders. This partnership produced a $50-million initiative to complete construction of 104 homes around Hamtramck. This initiative fulfilled the federal court-ordered construction of 200 single-family homes that stemmed from a decades-long racial discrimination lawsuit. Under Mike's leadership, Huntington Bank was the only financial institution to help resolve this oldest housing discrimination lawsuit in America.
[[Page E64]] As I close, I can say with confidence that our community is a better place thanks to the ongoing, selfless service of people like Michael Fezzey. His leadership in the area of housing has earned the admiration of those throughout Southeast Michigan and I am pleased to recognize that leadership today in the United States Congress.