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Ric Geyer

Managing Partner

Solutions

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Background Information

Employment History

Position, Innovative Neighborhood Redevelopment Projects

Ford Motor Company


Affiliations

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Board Member


Education

Bachelor of Science

accounting

The University of Akron


Masters

Business Administration ( Marketing Strategy and Strategic Planning

Wharton School


Web References(7 Total References)


DWEJ Meet DWEJ - DWEJ

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Ric Geyer, Chair">Ric Geyer, Chair
As Managing Partner at 4731 Solutions, Ric Geyer focuses on developing innovative solutions for improving urban landscapes. Ric brings 20 years of experience in innovative neighborhood redevelopment projects in Detroit, as well as a background in strategic planning with public and corporate entities including Deloitte Consulting, Ford Motor Company, and the City of Detroit. Ric has served as the Mayor's staff advisor, as "Executive on Loan" to the Governor's office, and as interim chief financial officer for Detroit's Super Bowl effort. He also served on Detroit's Economic Development Corporation board, as chair of the board of Preservation Wayne and as chair of Tyree Guyton's internationally known Heidelberg Arts Project. Ric received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from The University of Akron in 1980 and his Masters in Business Administration (Marketing Strategy and Strategic Planning) from the Wharton School in 1986.


a season for everything » blog » A seat at the table

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It features two speakers: Phillip Cooley of Slow's Bar BQ, formerly a vacant storefront and now "an exciting new eatery" that has "become a draw for the neighborhood," and Ric Geyer, a consultant who "bought a run-down four-story building on the edge of the historic Woodbridge neighborhood in 2000 and started filling it up with eager young artists."


heather.unit-e.com

It features two speakers: Phillip Cooley of Slow's Bar BQ, formerly a vacant storefront and now "an exciting new eatery" that has "become a draw for the neighborhood," and Ric Geyer, a consultant who "bought a run-down four-story building on the edge of the historic Woodbridge neighborhood in 2000 and started filling it up with eager young artists."


heather.unit-e.com

It features two speakers: Phillip Cooley of Slow's Bar BQ, formerly a vacant storefront and now "an exciting new eatery" that has "become a draw for the neighborhood," and Ric Geyer, a consultant who "bought a run-down four-story building on the edge of the historic Woodbridge neighborhood in 2000 and started filling it up with eager young artists."


BLUEPRINT FOR THE ARTS: Detroit executive creates an environment dedicated to culture and economic development

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Breaking the urban desolation, Ric Geyer greets a visitor outside the 4-story brick building on Grand River."What are you doing here?"he growls, and then chuckles."That's my street voice," he says. He wears a stylish felt hat from Henry the Hatter downtown, a mock turtleneck and a houndstooth jacket.He looks determined.Professional. Out of place."Around the city, there's a growing expectation about all the development projects prospering," says Geyer, noting the widespread anticipation leading up to the 2006 Super Bowl and flurry of development over the past few years, from General Motors moving into the Renaissance Center to new condominiums in midtown to Compuware's move last year to downtown. "But unless people -- not just big corporations -- are taking the initiative, it's just talk." Four years ago, Geyer paid $200,000 for the building -- an investment of his own money -- and he has put in at least another $200,000 to create a workshop for his furniture-making pastime, and a gallery. They'll pay rent from $250 to $550, the only revenue for Geyer, who doesn't take a commission on the work they sell. For him, it's not about making money.The idea, he says, is to help the artists make money, pay the rent and become self-sufficient. "We're facing severe realities," says Geyer.In January, Granholm appointed Geyer as a pro bono consultant to help foster economic-cultural projects between businesses and arts groups. Last week, Geyer attended the "Create Detroit" conference at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.Geyer prefers "chemistry," an energetic blend of personalities, expertise and tolerance he learned 10 years ago, when he worked on the Breakthrough Project at Ford Motor Co., which brought artists and engineers together with executive decision-makers. "We've stumbled on a model here that works," he says."In the next two years, there could be five or six arts incubators based on our blueprint around the state." The lofty ambition is to create 4731 as a destination point to attract artists, art lovers and developers -- along with coffee shops, restaurants, lofts and retail developments. In addition to Geyer and Pytko, artists Jack Johnson and Terrence Kirk run the gallery and maintain the building."It's gritty, tough," says Geyer.In the distant shadows of Geyer's 9th-floor Deloitte corporate offices of cherry-wood paneling and granite floors overlooking the Detroit River.There, Geyer meets corporate clients and talks about capital ventures, market strategy and profitability. Here, profits are measured in different terms. "So many visual and musical artists have found success after leaving Detroit," he says.


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