Legendary Detroit businessman plans big ‘Thank You’ for the Motor City


(Photo: J. Kyle Keener, Detroit Free Press)

William “Doc” Pickard is one of the most successful African-American businesses owners in the country and  a fixture in Detroit for nearly 50 years. Pickard who is one of the first African-Americans to own a McDonald’s franchise, is planning an entire weekend to thank Detroit, the city that made him.

Beginning Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, Pickard has scheduled a weekend of “Thank You, Detroit” events for friends, co-workers and the city. In the 47 years since he arrived in the Motor City, Pickard has made history being at the forefront of business.

Pickard is founder and chairman of Global Automotive Alliance; co-managing partner of the MGM Grand Detroit Casino; CEO of Bearwood Management Co.; and…

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