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Patrick McInnis and Tom Sidlik - Porter Service Award Recipients

by Paul Martell, Published May 7, 2013



Patrick McInnis enrolled at Eastern Michigan University in 1985, and spent two years playing fullback for the EMU football team. He then attended Saginaw Valley State University, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Since this time, Patrick McInnis has been a foundational supporter of EMU, and has used his noteworthy successes to contribute to the University's Athletic department and students.

McInnis has spent the last four years as the Chief Executive Officer of Fathead, LLC, the industry leader in sports and entertainment graphics. Before taking this position, McInnis served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Quicken Loans from 2002 to 2009. McInnis was highly successful in this role driving revenue, sales and leadership training higher than previous years. McInnis joined Quicken Loans (at the time Rock Financial) in 1993 as a mortgage banker, and quickly moved up within the company. In 2002, he was named President of Quicken Loans.

During his tenure, Quicken Loans grew to become the nation's largest online lender, and was named Fortune Magazine's "Best Place to Work" eight years in a row.

McInnis has received many honors and awards for his work with Fathead. Fathead was named one of the "Top Workplaces" by the Detroit Free Press in 2010 and 2011. In 2003, he was awarded the "40 under 40" award by Crain's Detroit Business Magazine. This award is given to top, successful individuals under the age of 40 within Metro Detroit.

Patrick McInnis has been deeply involved in giving back to local communities. McInnis served on the non-profit board for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint; where he has worked to facilitate leadership development workshops for high school students in Detroit and Flint. He is also the inaugural recipient of the "Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award" from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, an award created in his honor.

Pat McInnis is a founding member of the Eastern Michigan University Gridiron Club, which works to help fund the EMU football program. Since 2008, McInnis has made significant contributions in financial and in-kind donations to EMU. These donations have included vast improvements to the Athletic Department, Fathead donations, sports memorabilia, tickets and appearances by professional athletes to address the EMU football team.




Thomas W. Sidlik is Chairman Emeritus of Eastern Michigan University. He served on the board from January 2005 through December 2012. With Thomas's guidance, the board undertook initiatives to strengthen EMU. As examples, governance policies were re-written to ensure best practices, EMU by-laws were modernized, a successful search for a new President was completed, the Michigan legislature approved Capital Outlay expenditures (the first since 1996) the largest construction period in EMU's history commenced including a new science building, a new in-door practice facility, renovations to Pray-Harold and Mark Jefferson buildings, a new Police building, refurbishment of McKenney, campus beautification, campus housing projects, and the 0/0/0 initiative.

Thomas's professional career has been in the automotive industry. In 2007 he retired from the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management. At the time, he was the board member responsible for global procurement which included over $100 billion in annual purchases. During his tenure, it was recognized as one of the top international purchasing organizations. Awards for excellence came from independent groups including The Institute for Supply Management, and the Fraunhofer Institute. He was the only American on the board to serve during the entire time of the Chrysler and Daimler-Benz merger. He was also the first American to serve on a board of directors in Korea when he was elected to the Hyundai board. He also has been Chairman of Chrysler Financial Corporation, and General Manager of Jeep.

In 2008 he was appointed by the lenders to the bankrupt Delphi Automotive to craft a plan that would help the company exit bankruptcy. In 2009, Delphi exited bankruptcy as a private company, and in 2010, Delphi held a successful IPO becoming a public company.

Additionally, he has been Chairman of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, and Vice-Chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Under his leadership, the DaimlerChrysler procurement organization was recognized as Corporation of the Year for diversity sourcing by the NMSDC in 2000 and 2006. They were also the Michigan Council's Corporation of the year six times. He has been named one of the "100 Men Impacting Diversity."

He has a BS degree with Honors from New York University and an MBA degree from The University of Chicago. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor.




Celebrate their accomplishments and join us for the 52nd annual Alumni Awards Dinner,
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Ypsilanti Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

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