Ricardo Solomon- Chairman/CEO
Ricardo is Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of HazelWood Development. Solomon has developed municipal and commercial projects over the past ten years. His most recent project is the Shoppes at Gateway Park, where he serves as co-managing director. This project is anchored by Meijer and Marshalls.
Ricardo A. Solomon is the Chairman/CEO of Strategic Communications (SC), Strategic Partners International (SPI), and Hazelwood Development. SC is an communications firm with six core competencies including Community Affairs, Government Affairs, and Diversity & Inclusion. SPI is a recruitment, screening, staffing and placement company. Clients have included: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, Meijer, Quicken Loans, First Independence, Bank in Detroit, City of Detroit, County of Wayne, MI, and County of Oakland, MI.
Solomon formerly served as Chairman of the Wayne County Commission (WCC). Wayne County is the largest county in Michigan. Solomon was re-elected to five consecutive terms as Chairman of the WCC by his colleagues, making him the longest-serving Chairman in Wayne County’s history. Solomon served as the County’s legislative point person for the Detroit Lions & Detroit Tigers stadium developments and the Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport. He had the distinction of being elected President of the Michigan Association of Counties. Solomon also served as a Special Assistant to Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, and as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman George W. Crockett Jr.
Solomon has substantial international experience having traveled extensively in Africa, South America, Asia, Australia, Canada, and the Caribbean. Solomon has led several major trade missions to Africa sanctioned by the U.S. State Department.
Solomon has written numerous articles for major publications including: Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Michigan Chronicle. He has served as a political analyst for NBC local affiliate Channel 4 (WDIV) and as a weekly contributor to MIX 92.3’s “On Point” commentary.
Solomon has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy College and Wayne County Community College. He has also served as a Guest Lecturer at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Courses taught include: Introduction to Business, Business & Society, Government Finance, Introduction to Public Administration and Introduction to Public Speaking.
• Master of Arts, Business Management, Central Michigan University
• Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Morehouse College
• Executive Certificate, Effective Decision Making, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
• Certified Economic Development Specialist, The North American Development Council, The Ohio State University
Mark Talley serves as President of HazelWood Development. He has had leadership roles with two of the world’s leading real estate firms, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL–formerly LaSalle Partners) and Grubb & Ellis (GE), serving as the owner’s representative in nearly $50 million in dispositions. With JLL Talley served as the CQ Client Relationship manager with the City of Detroit, where he interfaced regularly with senior members of the various administrations. Talley negotiated more than 1,000,000 square feet of office leases for a total of more than $90 million, while securing savings of more than $25 million. He also served as Assistant Area Manager for the Ameritech (now AT&T) project, managing a portfolio of 3.5 million square feet including the Headquarters in downtown Detroit. Responsibilities included writing proposals for capital projects; negotiating contracts that included janitorial, trash removal, snow removal, landscaping, and HVAC; and creating and managing budgets. During this time Talley also led a team that closed close to $40 million in land dispositions. At GE, Talley served as Vice President specializing in the Midtown & Central Business District markets in Detroit.
Mark is a Series 7 and 63 Licensed Broker for Multi Bank Securities where his clients included banks, savings & loans and credit unions. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University with an emphasis in Economics.
Linda Thomas- Partner/Chief Administrative Officer
Linda Thomas is Partner & Chief Administrative officer of Hazelwood Development. was established in 2004 and has led the company from its development into aligning its best work practices and integrated solutions with successful strategic partnerships. Under her leadership, Linda has lead every facet of the company including operations, strategic integration, customer satisfaction, human resources and supply management which includes supplying a broad range of janitorial supplies to meet every customer’s need.
Thomas also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Strategic Communications and she also serves as a board member of Strategic Partners International.
A fixture in the local and national business community for nearly 25 years, Thomas excels when it comes to making sure that projects succeed. She has been successful as a management consultant for major fortune 500 corporations and government agencies, in project management, process re-engineering, customer service/retention programs, community relations, and event planning. As a principle of Strategic, Linda led the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s initiative to strengthen its relationship with the Arab American community. Previously, Linda owned Thomas Management Consulting firm with clients that included the City of St. Louis, City of Detroit, County of Wayne, Detroit Board of Education, Camp Dresser McKee, IBM and Oracle.
Thomas also worked for the 12th largest international consulting firm. In this capacity, she worked domestically in over 35 states and abroad in two countries assisting clients to improve profit, redesign business processes, and reduce costs. A sample of clients included Hartford Insurance, Advo-Systems, and Barclay’s Bank.
Thomas is a currently a member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council and a former member of the St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce, a former board member of Boys2Men Youth Program, Forest Park Forever, and Edgewood Children’s Home. holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a certificate in Effective Decision Making from the JFK School of Public Policy, Harvard University.
Diane Reeder-Vice President of Marketing
Diane P. Reeder, Vice President of Marketing
Diane Reeder is a consultant with more than 30 years experience providing services to businesses, educational institutions, governments and non-profits in the areas of strategic planning, proposal development, and marketing & communications. Clients have included Ford Motor Company, Detroit Medical Center, Source One Mortgage Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, First Independence National Bank, City of Detroit, NASA, State of Michigan, County of Wayne and many others. She holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism & Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.