Brad Simmons became a member of an exclusive club when he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award during the Great lakes Field Service Council’s “On My Honor Breakfast” on March 26 at the Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield.
The breakfast was attended by more than 400 community and business leaders who contributed more than $92,000 to support Scouting in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, according to Denver Laabs, Development Director for the Great Lakes FSC.
Our #GratiTuesday spotlight shines today on Brad Simmons who was presented this morning with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in front of a group of more than 400 during the Great Lakes Field Service Council’s On My Honor Breakfast. Brad is one of only 2,200 Eagle Scouts nationwide to ever receive this distinctive honor. Brad’s long and distinguished volunteer leadership commitment to Scouting includes serving as District Chairman, Council President, and as a contingent leader for the Mackinaw Island Service Camp. In addition to these previous roles with Scouting, Brad, who is Director – Office of the Executive Chairman with the Ford Motor Co., has represented his employer and the greater Detroit community as a volunteer on numerous boards, committees, and programs throughout Michigan and the nation
Brad, director of Community Outreach for Ford Motor Co., is now among a group of 2,200 individuals nationwide, including the late President Gerald R. Ford and film director Stephen Spielberg, to have received the DESA since it was established in 1969. The award acknowledges Eagle Scouts who have received extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or demonstrated eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.
The presentation of the award held special significance for Simmons who received it from Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co.
“It was not something I ever sought out or expected to receive,” Brad said. “It was a very nice and humbling surprise.”
Don D. Shepard, Jr., MCC Scout Executive and CEO, said Simmons has been a servant leader for Scouting and many other organizations in the Detroit area for decades and always leads by example. Shepard said he thinks Simmons was very deserving of the national award.
“It was a true testament to his leadership and character to have Bill Ford take time from his incredibly busy schedule to come and present Brad with this honor,” Shepard said. “Scouting is blessed to have Brad on our team and we are proud of his achievement.”
In addition to his more than 35 years of volunteer leadership with the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America, Brad also has served in leadership roles with Big Brothers, Big Sisters; the American Red Cross; and the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business, among others. In 2003, he received special recognition from then-President George W. Bush as a “Man of exceptional character.”
The following presents a fairly complete picture of the current and previous organizations Brad has or presently volunteers with:
–Michigan Chamber of Commerce and previously Detroit Regional Chamber; Detroit Economic Club and Business Leaders for Michigan, as well as The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
–Presently chairing Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, the University of Detroit-Mercy College of Business, and Student Leadership Services of Michigan, along with the Donor Experience Steering Committee for United Way.
–Serving on the United Way for Southeast Michigan’s Campaign Cabinet, Advisory Board for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Sponsor Council for Brother Rice High School, and the Pope Francis Center board.
–Past Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, HAVEN, The Community House and The Greening of Detroit.
–Past Board chair of Brother Rice High School board and member of President’s Advisory Council.
Co-chaired a recent capital campaign for HAVEN.
Brad also was instrumental in establishing an Eagle Alumni Network group, makes Friends of Scouting presentations, and is a former District Chairman. He also is a graduate of both Leadership Detroit and Leadership Michigan, where he served on Alumni Board for many years, and was an adjunct lecturer for 15 years in the business school at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.
In January, Brad completed a three-year term as president of the Great Lakes FSC. He said he plans to continue his involvement with the statewide and Detroit area councils and is in discussions about what his future roles will be.
“In a general sense, my involvement has given me an opportunity to give back to an organization that has done a lot for me and allowed me to mentor hundreds of youth over the years,” Brad said. “On a personal level, that’s the been the most rewarding part. In terms of specific roles, I would have to say being Council President, serving on the MCC Board, and leading the unique Governor’s Honor Guard Scout Service Camp on Mackinac Island for the past 35 years have been the most significant.”