MotorCities National Heritage Area

May 4, 2020


At its recent meeting, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership welcomed one new member to its Board of Directors.


Christopher Pokorski, community relations manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bueau (DMCVB), will serve a two-year term. A resident of Clinton Township, he has been with the DMCVB since 2008 and is responsible for directing the creation of DMCVB advertising and marketing campaigns for the leisure and meetings markets, in collaboration with stakeholders, including senior executives and outside vendors. 


Pokorski has also been significantly involved in the marketing and promotion of Motor Cities National Heritage Area through Autopalooza, which included the marketing of high profile events like; the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Concours d”Elegance of America, Eyes On Design, Motor Muster and Woodward Dream Cruise. 


Before taking on his role at the DMCVB, Pokorski delivered marketing and advertising solutions for numerous world class brands, including; BASF, Chrysler, Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and General Motors, Buick and Oldsmobile. 


Pokorski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Northern Michigan University. 


In addition, the board elected the following slate of officers:


·        Chair: Michael O’Callaghan, recently retired vice president of the Detroit Metro Convention Visitors Bureau;


·        Immediate Past Chair: Robert Kreipke, historian emeritus, Ford Motor Company;


·        Vice Chair: Mark Heppner, president and chief executive officer, Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores;


·        Secretary and Stewardship Council Representative: Don Nicholson, president of Don Nicholson Enterprises, LLC in Westland;


·        Treasurer: Bill Nickels, president of the Ypsilanti Historical Society.