Detroit Economic Growth Corp. announced the hiring of Sean Gray as Vice President of Small Business Services.
Gray, who has more than 18 years of experience in this position, will work in partnership with DEGC leadership to increase the organization’s impact on Detroit’s small businesses.
“Sean is known as a fierce and passionate advocate for Detroit’s small business community and will help us find new ways to support entrepreneurs in the city,” said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of DEGC. “We are delighted to welcome Sean to DEGC and our team will benefit from his experience and breadth of relationships.”
Gray’s role will involve establishing leadership and strategies that will deliver positive results for programs within the department, including Motor City Match, Motor City Re-Store and BuyDetroit. In addition, Gray will work with corporate partners, city officials, state legislatures and federal policymakers to remove barriers to financing, knowledge and capital for small business owners.
“DEGC has a rich history of supporting Detroit’s small businesses, a mission that has been very personal and satisfying throughout my professional career,” says Gray. “I’m excited to continue driving positive change for Detroit’s entrepreneurs, who continue to drive innovation and economic growth for our city.”
Prior to joining DEGC, Gray served as an economic development specialist at the US Small Business Administration during the rollout of unprecedented small business assistance programs caused by COVID-19.
As associate director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in Southeast Michigan, he helped grow the program into a network leader in graduate jobs and revenue growth. His leadership efforts have earned him recognition from Goldman Sachs and Babson College.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University.