January 14— Patrick Colbeck, Founder, Freedom Centers at Detroit Metro Airport
Patrick Colbeck is a former Candidate for Governor and Two-Term State Senator in Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and also the Life Sciences Department at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His professional career is highlighted by his public service in the Michigan Senate (term-limited) and his engineering design work on key elements of the Life Support System for the International Space Station. He also served as an instructor at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.
He went on to provide management consulting services for over 11 years including 6 as a self-employed, independent consultant servicing industries as varied as Healthcare, Telecommunications, and Defense. He has been certified as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and has authored two books, Wrestling Gators: An Outsiders Guide to Draining the Swamp and IT Roadmap for Professional Service Firms.
His public service is highlighted by his receipt of the Senator Paul Fannin Statesman of the Year Award from National Right to Work for his leadership in making Michigan the 24th Right to Work state. He has also received legislator of the year awards from Police, Construction and Senior organizations. During his service as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for the State Police and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, he was responsible for oversight of over $500M in expenditures. Under his leadership, both departments were converted to performance-based budgets resulting in dramatic improvements in services. Veteran services for example improved from last to #2 in nation. He co-founded and serves on the board of the MI Freedom Center which serves those who serve us in the armed forces at Detroit Metro Airport and Regional MEPS Centers.
The Senator and his wife, Angie, of over 20 years live in Canton and are members of Northridge Church in Plymouth, MI.
January 28–Madeline Bialecki–President, Gilda’s Club Lake House location, St Clair Shores
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