Board member featured this issue is Marie Hocker, Local Afairs Manager for Ford Motor Company. Marie shares with us what she loves about Macomb, Ford’s legacy in the county and the significant investments of the Ford Motor Company in Macomb.
What does Macomb mean to you?
Macomb is a community with strong assets, including great diversity and talent, growing industries and natural resources. I am consistently impressed by the opportunities that exist within the county.
Does Macomb have the talent of tomorrow?
The level of education is high in Macomb, and we have strong talent here. Business leaders have a role to play in fostering that talent in partnership with our schools. We need to ensure that students are graduating with the skills to compete for great careers and opportunities right here in our community.
Tell me about Ford’s investment in Macomb.
Ford is investing in our future workforce in Macomb County. Our “Powered by Ford” Academy in partnership with Utica Community Schools helps students make the connection between classroom learning and a career. Students learn their rigorous, standards-based core academics through projects grounded in engineering, information technology, and manufacturing.
Additionally, Ford has over 4,000 employees in Macomb County at our Sterling Axle, Van Dyke Transmission and Romeo Engine plants.
What are your favorite destinations in Macomb?
You can take me to the water along Lake St. Clair anytime. I also love a good summer concert at Freedom Hill.
Why Advancing Macomb?
I appreciate sharing a unified vision with strong business leaders that will ultimately direct resources and opportunities to Macomb County residents and businesses.
Tell me about Marie Hocker.
I grew up in Detroit and have a heart for our local communities that truly make Michigan the best state ever. I lived in Washington, DC for a few years and learned a lot, but one of the best decisions I have ever made was to come back home and be a part of the region’s revitalization. Plus, I married my first love and best friend, Ryan Hocker, in October last year, and we’re having fun! I also enjoy good food and dining at different spots, so I’m always open to suggestions. I am looking forward to kayaking along the Clinton River this spring, too…just waiting for the warm weather to stay put.