By Epiphany Communications and Coaching*
He is not only a talented businessman, author, and community leader, Gary Torgow currently serves as the Chairman of Huntington National Bank and is this year’s keynote speaker at the MIR Foundation’s 15th Annual Scholarship luncheon.
The luncheon is being held on June 13th at Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit, Michigan.
“Gary Torgow exemplifies true leadership in business and the State of Michigan; hearing his story will be a great benefit to our scholarship recipients,” said Bill Wild, MIRA President & CEO. “We are looking forward to introducing him to both MIRA and the MIR Foundation with his participation at the annual luncheon.”
Torgow previously served as Chairman of Chemical Financial Corporation before they acquired TCF Financial Corporation and adopted the name. Even before the acquisition, TCF was the largest bank headquartered in Michigan.
The merger created a top 10 U.S. regional bank, with a market value of approximately $22 billion. Torgow believes that the partnership provides the companies with better investment opportunities in the community, more jobs, and a better customer experience.
Torgow is also the founder of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development, and investment company, which has acquired, developed and operated several important landmark properties in southeastern Michigan.
He also serves as chairman of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Equity, Inc., the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, and the Jewish Federation of North America’s national campaigns. He also co-chairs the Michigan ESG Leadership Council.
Torgow is an executive board member of the Detroit Regional Partnership, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, DTE Energy, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Additionally, he is a member of the Beaumont Health Trustees.
Torgow is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Wayne State University School of Law and is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association. Additionally, he earned an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Alma College.
He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Touro College, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, is a Senior Vice President of the Orthodox Union and the Board President of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, Detroit’s largest Jewish Day School. He is also Chairman of the Mosaic United Steering Committee, an Israeli Jewish initiative for the benefit of the Diaspora Jewry.
He has served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, both of which he served as Chairman.
Torgow is the recipient of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Frank A. Wetsman Award, the NAACP’s Fannie Lou Hamer “Keeping the Spirit Moving” Award, the Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, the Urban League of Detroit’s Distinguished Warrior Award, and the NAACP James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has authored two books: Raising the Bar and Holy Warrior. He’s been a featured speaker at some of the nation’s most notable institutions and events.
Gary Torgow is married with five children.
“Making such introductions of successful executives and business leaders to our college students, as well as our members, is just one of the many values of membership in MIRA,” said Wild.
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