Ep. 9 Dave Bing: Talks about Rising above Racism, Team Building and Leadership

Besides being an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, Dave Bing has many other major accomplishments. He’s run a steel company where he became the top minority supplier to the the auto industry and later was elected Mayor of the City of Detroit. 

But after all that, this show discusses the thing he is most proud of  – and the reason why he leaps out of bed in the morning excited about life and the impact he can make in the lives of young men.  BINGO! 

This show will give a picture of what the young Dave Bing was all about and what makes him the leader he is today.

(and this show is just Part 1 of the interview)* 

Dave Bing has uniquely claimed success in three distinct arenas; professional sports, business and politics. Dave Bing was elected the 62nd Mayor of the City of Detroit in May 2009. A native of Washington, D.C., Bing is a graduate of Syracuse University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and was later bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2006. He was also a standout basketball player in both high school and college.   

Dave Bing came to Detroit in 1966 when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as their #1 pick. Voted one of the top 50 basketball players of all time, Bing was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 1984, and into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1990.

Bing turned his winning strategies from the basketball court to the boardroom as the founder of an automotive supply corporation, The Bing Group in 1980, where he served as President and Chairman until April 2009.  Within a decade, The Bing Group was recognized as one of the nation’s top Minority-Owned Companies by Black Enterprise. 

Answering yet another call to serve, Bing decided to run for Mayor to help rebuild a city that he has loved and been a part of for more than 40 years. Proving that the basics of good performance, integrity and business can be applied to any area or industry, Bing has brought a renewed sense of trust and hope to the City of Detroit.

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Dave Bing, Bing Youth Institute, pictured with mentors and kids from the program

 

Bing’s latest challenge is the establishing the Bing Youth Institute whose mission is to create a meaningful mentoring experience to help unleash the unlimited potential in young men of color.   www.BingYouthInstitute.org

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