Prior to joining Detroit Development Fund, Hawkins spent 7 years as Division Manager – Administration for New Detroit Inc. In this role, he was responsible for managing the financial responsibilities of the organization and its physical plant. In addition, Hawkins created and managed the Minority Small Business Educations Series, intended to increase the number and success of small businesses owned by people of color.
Earlier, Hawkins spent 42 years in the banking industry in various line and management positions, including team leader and loan group manager. While at Comerica Bank, Hawkins received the leadership excellence award from Comerica’s African American Network in 2005.
Hawkins is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Canon Financial Institute’s Trust School.