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FRANK VENEGAS

Frank Venegas, a Detroit, Michigan entrepreneur and the grandson of Mexican immigrants, capitalized on a winning raffle ticket, the proceeds of a new 1979 Cadillac, and his grandfather’s sage advice “Do what your boss does not want to do!” to launch his first company in 1979. The Ideal Group, a Southwest Detroit family-owned company, has evolved into eight nationally recognized companies with annual revenues exceeding $500 million, employing approximately six hundred people. Over the years, family members Loren (brother), Linzie (daughter), and Jesse (son) joined the Ideal Executive Leadership team as owners. 

 

Based on the Venegas family’s core values, Ideal companies continually meet and exceed customer needs in construction, facilities management, +manufacturing, indirect material management, and surplus sales. Performance-driven, General Motors awarded Ideal companies nineteen of its Global Supplier of the Year awards and two Overdrive Awards. 

 

On October 4, 2022, MMSDC Inducted Frank Venegas, Jr. into its Hall of Fame. In 2020, a past MMSDC Luminary Award Recipient, NMSDC, and MMSDC selected Frank Venegas and Ideal Group companies for their national 2020 MBE of the Year Award and multiple past MBE Supplier of the Year Awards. In 2016, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth awarded Frank an Honorary Doctorate Degree for his business acumen, urban community development programs, and creating career pathways through Ideal’s education and sustainability initiatives.

 

The government of Mexico honored Frank Venegas with its Ohtli Award, the country’s highest award to a foreign citizen. The award is a tribute to Ideal’s corporate advocacy, mentoring and philanthropic contributions to community schools and organizations. Frank’s business and community model provides community career pathways to educational and job opportunities. All illustrate the Venegas family value, “Take care of your community, and your community will take care of you.”

 

Frank Venegas Boards and Advisory Councils

  • General Motors Global Supplier Alumni Council

  • Business Leaders for Michigan

  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

  • Mayor Duggan’s Workforce Development Board

  • Huntington Bank Southeast Michigan Advisory Board

  • University Advisory Councils for:

    • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

    • University of Michigan-Dearborn, CASL 

Tanya Clark

Founder

Tanya Clark is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and visionary who has always been motivated by the desire to create profound positive change.

Tanya’s entrepreneurial pursuits have consistently focused on health and well-being and has formed health and wellness companies across the globe. The results of the care she provided were profound changes in people’s confidence, personal image, and overall happiness.

Tanya became aware of our modern metropolitan pace and the elevated stress levels in friends, colleagues, and commuters. With her past business pursuits focusing on inner and outer beauty, organic health and nutrition, she knew that people needed more. It was then that her vision was clear.

The result is TLConnection Inc., highly curated live virtual programs that have been styled and designed to help employees deepen their connection to themself, their families, and their co-workers, resulting in better health, better performance and heightened enjoyment of their overall lives.

CLASS SCHEDULE

FacilitatorDate
Bob Kaiser, Frank Venegas, Tanya Clark
John Jacob Mubarak
17 January 2024
24 January 2024
31 January 2024
Hali Love7 February 2024
14 February 2024
21 February 2024
Nora Donahue
Elise Phips
Adam Lewis
28 February 2024
6 March 2024
13 March 2024
Grace Van Berkum
Rachel Heathwood
Grace Van Berkum
20 March 2024
27 March 2024
3 April 2024
Laurie Larson 10 April 2024
17 April 2024
24 April 2024
Steven Keifer
Nichelle Laus
1 May 2024
8 May 2024
Gary Brecka
Eziah Syed
Dr. Tom Hackett
22 May, 2024
29 May, 2024
5 June, 2024
Starlite Randall
Peter Tunney
Jessie May Wolfe
12 June, 2024
19 June, 2024
26 June, 2024