Our Board of Advisors are great business leaders, all with a strong passion to uplift the community.
Founder and Chairman, Bing Youth Institute
Founder and Owner, Comer Holdings
Jimmie Comer has over three decades of key leadership with several Fortune 500 Companies. He founder and the sole owner of Comer Holdings, LLC headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. Comer Holdings launched Integrated Manufacturing & Assembly and Advanced Assembly as joint ventures with Lear Corporation. Since 2010 IMA has added 3 plants and 1000 jobs to the Detroit area. This year alone IMA has hired over 400 employees. Comer Holdings is also sole owner of two certified MBE companies which are Camryn Industries and Camryn Logistics.
Prior to establishing Comer Holdings, Mr. Comer was President of the North American Joint Ventures and Diversity at Lear Corporation. In this position, he was responsible for supporting the growth and development of Lear’s minority joint ventures and suppliers’ diversity activities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In addition, he also oversaw the company’s diversity-related initiatives for employees, as well as Lear’s support to the community. Mr. Comer joined Lear Corporation as Director of Quality in 1987. He has held positions of Vice President of Components Division and Vice President of Manufacturing where he used his extensive experience with Lear in production launches and quality management to assist Lear’s operations in the production readiness, problem resolution and cross-divisional manufacturing. These positions required extended assignments in various U.S. facilities as well as countries such as Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden.
Before joining Lear Corporation, Mr. Comer was with Mazda Corporation from 1986 through 1987 as Quality Manager. He also worked at General Motors from 1971 to 1986 where he held several quality and manufacturing positions including Superintendent of Quality/Inspection.
In 2003, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, appointed Comer to the position of Commissioner on the Michigan community Services Commission (MCSC). Jim was honored in 2005 by President George W. Bush with the President’s Volunteer Service Award during the President’s visit to Detroit.
Peter G. Remington
President, The Remington Group
Peter Remington created The Remington Group in 1995 as a full-service consulting firm in order to provide strategic partnerships and expertise in various philanthropic areas. Remington also recognized the need for a new type of fundraising organization that would be local in proximity and national in scope. The firm he envisioned would combine the agility, contacts and prospect knowledge of the local firm with the expert staff, range of services and organizational resources offered by the traditional national firm. The resulting organization brings together many years of successful fundraising experience, exceptional capacity to help clients learn and implement fundraising practice and an unequalled access to contacts in the corporate, foundation and individual donor communities on a regional and national basis. Over the years, the firm has assisted its clients in raising over $3 billion. From health care and human services to major education campaigns to community events like Detroit’s Tri-centennial and the Final Four held at Ford Field, among many others which include: the Detroit Institute of Arts, multiple University’s and working with the Governor of Michigan on his major education initiatives. TRG’s past and present client list is also both national and international, such as the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC, a national STEM program, Brad Pitt’s: Make It Right Foundation and an international effort to provide shelter throughout the world, like Haiti and the Sudan.
Remington, an industry leader celebrating over 40 years of philanthropy related experience, served in several key leadership positions prior to creating The Remington Group. His experience includes tenure as the Vice President of External Relations at the University of Detroit, Chief Development Officer with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Unit Director for the United Way. Peter is recognized throughout the country not only for his rare ability to take traditional fundraising practices and mold them into creative and customized strategies, but also for his extreme passion for philanthropy and his fundamental desire to deliver superior service to his clients. Remington is known for both his skill as a fundraising professional as well as his true commitment to the community.
Over the years, Peter has served on over 40 Boards and Commissions, including the Chairman of Neighborhood Housing Organization as well as personally participated in many efforts to continue the advancement for the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan, especially its children.
Vice President of Human Resources, Detroit Pistons
Nicolet Lewis was named Vice President of Human Resources for the Detroit Pistons in April 2019. In this role she is responsible for the design, development, and execution of strategy for workforce planning and development, talent acquisition, talent and succession planning, employee total rewards and ensuring that the human resources division supports the organizations’ overall strategic objective.
Most recently, she worked at Flagstar Bank as a Senior Human Resource Business Partner, Assistant Vice
President. Where she oversaw Human Resources for Retail Banking in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana
supporting over 1,500 employees. Prior to Flagstar, she spent 11 years at the Target Corporation
focused on operational excellence, talent management and human resources leadership for the
Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Management and a Master of Arts in
Integrated Marketing and Communications from Eastern Michigan University. During her time at Eastern
she also attained a degree in nonprofit management.
Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Lewis has always found ways to continue to give back to her
community. She taught figure skating for 10 years at Adams Butzel Recreation Center and during her
time with the Target Corporation led the School Library Makeover project with employees which
revitalized libraries in the Detroit Public Schools.
Retired President and CEO, Lear Corporation
Matthew J. Simoncini is president, chief executive officer and a director of Lear Corporation effective September 1, 2011. In this role, Simoncini is responsible for the strategic direction and operational leadership of the Company.
Formerly, Simoncini was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Lear Corporation, a role he had held since September 2007. As SVP and CFO, he was responsible for Lear's global Finance operations, including external Financial Reporting, Corporate Business Planning & Analysis, Corporate Strategy and Business Development as well as Information Technology activities worldwide.
In August 2006, he was named senior vice president of Global Finance and chief accounting officer where he was responsible for Lear's worldwide operational finance, accounting and financial reporting. Prior to that, he was vice president of global Finance, a position he had held since June 2004.
Simoncini also served as Lear's vice president of Finance - Europe as well as holding the vice president of Finance position for Lear's Electrical & Electronics business and DaimlerChrysler division. Simoncini joined Lear (from United Technologies Automotive) in April 1996 as director of Finance for the Motors Division with responsibility for the financial activities of the business unit. At the time of Lear's acquisition of UTA, Simoncini was director of Financial Planning & Analysis. Previous to UTA, Simoncini held financial and manufacturing positions with Varity Kelsey Hayes and Horizon Enterprises including chief financial officer of Kelsey Hayes’ European Operations. Simoncini began his career at Touche Ross and is a certified public accountant.
Born and raised in Detroit, Simoncini earned a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to his responsibilities at Lear, he is a member of the board of directors for the Wayne State University Foundation, Wayne State University SBA Board of Visitors, United Way for Southeastern Michigan Board and Campaign Cabinet Committee, Detroit Economic Club, Business Leaders of Michigan and the Michigan Opera Theatre.