The Parade Co. in Detroit has announced Robert G. Riney, president of health care operations and COO at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, as chairman of the board of directors for the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.
“Bob is a remarkable leader and plays a significant role in our community,” says Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. “We are proud to have him as our new chairman given his extraordinary commitment to our foundation and true understanding of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White, the Ford Fireworks, and what these traditions mean to our city, region, and state. I would also like to extend my deepest appreciation to Dan Loepp, our immediate past chair and president and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.”
Riney and Henry Ford have been longtime supporters of The Parade Co. and unveiled the health system’s float, “Path to Wellness” in 2018. The float was in America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White, which takes place in Detroit. Henry Ford debuted its first float in 2015 to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.
“America’s Thanksgiving Parade, the Ford Fireworks, and all of the other events sponsored by the foundation, with the participation and support thousands of volunteers and community groups, bring joy to millions of people each year,” Riney says. “It is an honor to be named chairman of the Michigan Thanksgiving Day Parade Foundation and to contribute to the legacy of family entertainment and community engagement that are the hallmark of the foundation’s events.”
Riney was appointed COO in 2003 and president of health care operations and COO in 2017. He oversees all hospital and service operations for the six-hospital system, which also has more than 60 clinical locations, 30,000 employees, and annual revenues of $6 billion. Riney is also responsible for corporate information technology, corporate facilities and security, international strategies, and the system chief nursing office.
He is also a board member of the Nemours Foundation, board member and past chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, board member of the Detroit Zoological Society, board member of the M1 Rail Transit Authority, chairman of the board for The Parade Co., and board member of the Hudson-Webber Foundation.
The Parade Co. was founded in 1984 and is a nonprofit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation, whose board is comprised of civic and corporate leaders working in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Co. staff, board, and thousands of volunteers bring a variety of events to the city of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, and the parade.