NEXTGen Detroit’s Annual Meeting Celebrates Leaders Past, Present and Future

June 20, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

On June 13, 2013, nearly 200 representatives of Federation’s young leadership “Past, Present and Future” gathered at the Quicken Loans’ offices at the Chase Tower downtown for the first Annual Meeting under the NEXTGen Detroit banner.

It was a night to take pause, to connect and engage. To celebrate and recount a year of remarkable achievement and to give thanks to all who made it possible in their time as young leaders. It was a night to recognize and honor past presidents of Federation’s Young Adult Division, many in attendance who have continued over the years to serve as Federation Presidents, Executives and longtime community leaders.

“Tonight is particularly meaningful,” said Marty Maddin, outgoing NEXTGen President. “We honor 75 years of Young Jewish Detroit while celebrating our own reinvention in the launch of NEXTGen. Our current successes are possible only because they’ve been built on the shoulders of the leadership of past generations.”

Over the past 18 months, NEXTGen Detroit has seen a phenomenal growth; doubling the numbers of its donor base, and more than quadrupling the numbers of  participants in meaningful Jewish experiences.

“What happened last year was nothing short of amazing,” stated Scott Kaufman, Federation’s Chief Executive Officer. “We set bold goals and put them out there on the internet for everyone to see. Results? Last year we had the highest percentage growth in our donor base since 1948. And we did it without having to start a new country.”

It was a night for recognition and installation of those who have stepped forward to serve as officers and members of the board. Taking the helm as new president of NEXTGen, Rachel Wright expressed the commitment and enthusiasm that’s created NEXTGen’s new and emerging leadership style, “You say: Henaini – here I am.  You show up.  And you are here to make a difference.”

It was a night to showcase the city from a rare inside view of Quicken Loans’ new digs. Introducing Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, Scott said,  “The efforts of many are driving Detroit forward, but all movements need a leader, and Dan Gilbert is the leader at this moment to rebuild Detroit.”

Challenging NEXTGen to step forward and be bold, Dan Gilbert advised:

“You have to take a risk. If it’s in you, if you have the dog in you, and you really do want to make major impact and change, you have to be bold, you have to be very determined to make that happen. No matter what the noise is around you.  No matter who doubts you. No matter if you doubt yourself, no matter if you fail. Because (even if you fail) you’re going to learn stuff, and next time go a different direction much quicker than you otherwise would.

You’re going to think anyway, so you may as well think big. You’ve got a dream anyway. You may as well dream big. We’re only here for a relatively short period of time.  You may as well impact positively as many people as you can.”

The gavel was passed, closing an extraordinary year, with the promise of another exciting, new beginning.

Meet the 2013-14 NEXTGen Detroit  Executive Board

Meet the 2013-14 NEXTGen Exec Board
Meet the 2013-14 NEXTGen Exec Board

Front row, Jessica Goodwin (Associate Director, NEXTGen Detroit) Marty Maddin, Kelli Saperstein, Leah Bold, Rachel Wright, Emily Pomish, Josh Levin, Miryam Rosenzweig (Director, NEXTGen Detroit). Back row, left to right: Jordan Wertheimer, Phil Rubin, Steve Migliore,Jack Hack, Alexis Schostak, Jeff Aronoff;  Exec Board Members missing from photo: Matt Ran and Rabbi Leiby Burnham.

Past Presidents of YAD

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Front row, left to right: Federation CEO Scott Kaufman (2022-2003), Robert Slatkin (1972-1973), Robert Rubin (1973-1974) Betsy Snider Heuer (1986-1987),  Michael W. Maddin (1971-1972), Marty Maddin (2012-2013), Ilana Liss (2010-2011); Back row,  left to right: Jonathan Jaffa (1979-1980), David Kramer (2009-2010) Norman H. Beitner (1987-1988) Josh Opperer (2001-2002) James A. Safran (1982-1983). Brian Satovsky (2004-2005), Allan Nachman (1969-1970),  Brad “Bubba” Urdan (2007-2008)

 

 

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