Dierk-L-HallDETROIT — October 19, 2017 — City Connect Detroit today announced that President and CEO Dierk L. Hall was honored by “The Made Man” during an Oct. 17 reception at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Approximately 30 African American male leaders in Detroit that inspire, educate and help outfit undeserved men were recognized.

“It is an honor and inspiration to be recognized among men of such distinction,” Hall said. “These are accomplished men, good men, who are committed to social consciousness and contribute significantly to community development. They are changing lives and an inspiration to the community at large.”

The Made Man, which was founded by President and CEO Ky Dele of Blueprint Global Group, in partnership with The 100 Black Men of America Inc., is a national multi-tiered corporate and community engagement initiative designed to honor the extraordinary achievements of notable male figures.

In addition to the evening awards reception, The Made Man honorees, including Hall, participated in a day long series of activities including mentorship and workshops, a suit for success clothing drive, and an honoree press conference and reception.

City Connect Detroit (CCD) is a nonprofit agency that helps Detroit-area nonprofits and governments work together to solve local problems, and to mobilize funding in support of their work.

A Detroit native, Hall has overseen a diverse portfolio of collaborative community programs and partnerships and more than $26 million in funding solicitations, including $13 million in grants to expand youth employment during his time at City Connect Detroit. Since its inception, CCD has raised $140 million for community programs. Administered by CCD on behalf of the City of Detroit and an array of public, private and community stakeholders in Detroit, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a well- recognized youth summer jobs program that provides paid work experiences to nearly 8,000 youth each summer. Additionally, CCD’s efforts have resulted in GDYT’s growth by adding nearly 24,000 summer jobs for youth and $22 million raised for training, wages and other program costs since 2009.

Under Hall’s leadership, the organization also recently secured two grants totaling nearly $500,000 that will support D-Live (Detroit Life Is Valuable Everyday.) D-Live is a hospital-based violence intervention program for young adult victims of violent crimes.

Other Honorees of The Made Man include:

Andre L. Spivey, Councilman
Andrew Humphrey, Weathercaster, WDIV Channel 4 Detroit
Anthony Jackson, President/Head Chef – Jackson’s Five Star Catering, Inc.
Bryan L. Howard Sr., Program Facilitator Winning Futures, Director of Corporate Relations MBMBAA Detroit Chapter, Vice President of Plug-In- Detroit
Coleman A. Young II, State Senator, 1st District of Michigan
David Gamlin, Director, Detroit Midnight Golf Program
David Tarver, President & Founder of Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative
David Washington, Radio Personality Birach Broadcasting, Inc.
Dennis W. Archer Jr., Esq., CEO, Ignition Media Group
Honorable Edward Ewell Jr., Judge, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
Edward Tony Green, CEO; Celebrity Bass Player, Hyped International Records
Eric A. Hardy, CEO, w3r Consulting
Eric Thomas, Brand Strategist and Senior Partner SAGA MARKETING
James Tate, Detroit City Council, City of Detroit
Jason Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Focus Hope
Jason Paulateer, VP and Marketing Manager of Community Development Banking, PNC Bank; Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education
John Mason, Public Address Announcer, Detroit Pistons
Judge Craig Strong, 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County
Kenneth Donaldson, CEO, The Black United Fund of Michigan
Dr. Kenneth Harris, President & CEO, National Business League
Marshall Bullock, District 5 Manager, Mayors Office, City of Detroit
Michael V. Roberts Sr., Board Member; Chairman & CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; The Roberts Companies
Ozie Pye, IV, Executive Director & Owner O.H Pye III Funeral Home
Rodney Howell, Fashion Stylist, Hair Designer, and Interior Designs Owner, Hairshion & Silver Fox Hair Salon
Shawn T. Blanchard, Best-Selling Author; Speaker; Mentorship Specialist, CEO Lions Dream Publishing & Productions
Terry Arnold, Sr. Executive Vice President, The Impact Network
Toine Murphy, Business Owner and Motivational Speaker
Dr. Truman Hudson Jr., Social Economist; Director of Research and Development, BME Community
Warren Evans, Wayne County Executive, Wayne County
William Luse, President, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit.

Presented By:
Blueprint Global Group, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., The National Urban League, Black Enterprise, Morehouse College Alumni Association, Upscale Magazine,

Nationally Supported By:
100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc., Black Enterprise Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The National Urban League, Morehouse College Alumni Association, Banks & Company,

Locally Supported By:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Detroit Alumni Chapter, Hiram Jackson (Real Times Media), National Black MBA Association Detroit Chapter & D’Luxe Connections.