William F. Pickard, Ph.D. is Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Auto Alliance (GAA), GAA NewVentures, Co-Managing Partner MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of Bearwood Management, and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers.
Pickard’s fifty-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee. Since its founding in 1989, GAA has generated more than $5 billion dollars in sales with eight plants in the US and Canada, servicing corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, General Motors, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot, and Merck Pharmaceutical.
He is a philanthropist, supporting education at colleges and universities including, Western Michigan, OhioState, Florida A&M, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and others.
Among his honors are the Morehouse College 34th Candle in the Dark Award for Entrepreneurship andPhilanthropy, the Michigan Lifetime Humanitarian Award, and the Michiganian of the Year Award for his business success, civic leadership, and philanthropy.
Dr. Pickard holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree from theUniversity of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.