Leadership

He has over 15 years of experience in the corporate, non-profit, education and public sectors. Hicks previously worked with the Ford Motor Company Fund, one of the largest corporate philanthropic institutions in the world, Michigan Department of Transportation and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

During his stint at the Ford Motor Company, he was instrumental in developing non-financial strategies that ultimately built trust and strong community equity in metro Detroit.  Working as the Director of Business Development for Michigan Department of Transportation, Mr. Hicks was instrumental in the development of the federally mandated of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise for the department.  Hicks developed contractual opportunities for minority suppliers and road construction firms.  Hicks was a key player in the development of a Pilot Project entitled 1 Million Dollars and Below which was then institutionalized in the Michigan Department of Transportation governmental procedures entitled “Capacity Targeted Projects.”

Additionally, Hicks was instrumental in the advancement of other policy-oriented initiatives including; Blue Sheet at time of Bid and the Small Business Program.  Hicks served as Past President (2010-2012), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Michigan Chapter where his leadership took a once dormant chapter to the 2011 COMTO Emerging Chapter of the Year.  Hicks also spends some of his time by serving as a board member for the Motor City Blight Busters.  Motor City Blight Busters is a non-profit dedicated to renewing blighted neighborhoods on Detroit’s northwest side.  Mr. Hicks played a significant role as past board member (2006-2012), of the Real Life 101 Scholarship Program, www.reallife101.org


Speaking Engagements

  • COMTO 45TH Annual Meeting and Training National Conference, Dallas, Texas  July 8th-12th, 2016: “The Value of Compliance Monitoring”
  • COMTO 44th Annual Meeting and Training National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts July 11th-14th : “COMTO & American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Partnership”  
  • Michigan Department of Transportation Annual Small Business Conferences

Provided subject matter expert presentation on how DBE’s and small and disadvantaged businesses can competitively bid on federally-funded transportation projects including; bid preparation, capacity building and diversifying job categories to make companies more attractive to prime contractors and municipalities.

DiversityTrng. for Genesee County Road Commission, (2014)


Former Workforce Agent for Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Blake Transit Center, (2012)


Former State director for MDOT, Office of Business Development (2007-2012)

 


Former president, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Michigan Chapter, (2010-2012), COMTO Michigan selected as “Emerging Chapter of the Year” (2011)


National Chair, Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Sub-Committee for COMTO


Former board member, Motor City Blight Busters


Former board member, Real Life 101 Scholarship Program


Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials


Developed “African American contribution to Ford Motor Company during the first 100 years” exhibit  for the Ford Motor Company Centennial – 2003