Winning Futures Elects New Board Members


WARREN — Winning Futures, a non-profit organization that helps young people to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning, has elected new board members.

They are: Ellyn Davidson, managing partner for Brogan and Partners; John Erwin, vice president of purchasing and environmental health and safety for SRG Global Inc.; Lisa Gandelot, owner of Gandelot and Associates; Cynthia Grubbs, vice president of public affairs for Mavin Global; Theresa Hilborn, program purchasing director for General Motors Truck, Sport-Utility, Cross-Overs and Van vehicle platforms; Trevor Pawl, director of Pure Michigan Business Connect; and Chuck Schmidt, partner at Seizert Capital Partners LLC.

Davidson of Huntington Woods is a breast cancer three-day team captain, director of Ta Ta Breast Cancer, outreach coordinator for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered and a breast cancer speaker. She received a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an international business specialization from the London School of Economics.

Erwin has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the supply chain management organizations of TI Automotive, General Motors Corp. and Reitter Schefenacker, now SMR-Automotive. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bryant University in North Smithfield, R.I.

Gandelot has an extensive history of nonprofit service, having worked for the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Children’s Home of Detroit, and volunteering with the Junior League of Detroit, Tau Beta, and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, among others. She  earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and has undertaken graduate studies at Wayne State University.

Grubbs has been a small business liaison for the State of Michigan Economic Development Corp. for more than 12 years, providing consultative services pertaining to business growth strategies. She is certified with the Economic Development Finance Professional National Development Council, and was honored as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s minority business advocate in 2011.

Hillborn of Northville began her career with Ford Motor Co., working in manufacturing and holding various leadership positions in fields of quality, reliability, and engineering.

Pawl founded Connection Point, an economic development program within the Detroit Regional Chamber that uncovered millions in procurement opportunities for Michigan companies. He has advised the White House Business Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce on supplier diversity and matchmaking initiatives. He earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, a bachelor’s from Grand Valley State University, and a certificate in global affairs from New York University.

Schmidt assists both private and institutional clients with individualized investment portfolios. He previously worked for Loomis Sayles & Co. L.P., as portfolio manager and co-manager of the Investment Counsel Group. He received a bachelor’s of science in business with an emphasis in economics and finance from Lake Superior State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.