African American Business Leader Makes Historical Headway

African-American business leader Robert S. Shumake made historical headway as co-chair of the 2005 Michigan Republican Gala in Detroit which raised over $1 million.

Although the appointment was a nod toward increased diversity within the organization, Saul Anuzis, Chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee says it was more grounded in Shumake’s track record as a leader.

“It wasn’t just a diversity issue, he earned it. It was based on his performance. This year’s gala will probably have the largest attendance of African-Americans than we’ve ever had,” said Anuzis of the event which took place on November 7.

“Robert is a very sharp, hardworking committed person who backs his words by action. He’s a great role model for young people,” said Anuzis of the Detroit-based Shumake. “He proves that America is a land of opportunity. If you set your mind to it, you can make it happen.”

Living as an example, Shumake’s achievements speaks for itself. Also known as a trainer, motivator and real estate master, Shumake received a presidential appointment by President George W. Bush to serve a three-year term as a Board of Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. This board is responsible for housing issues, distributing grants and providing funding to build and maintain affordable properties. Former Governor of the State of Michigan, John Engler, appointed Shumake to The Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons.

Shumake also started one of the country’s first African American Real Estate Investment Trusts — Inheritance Capital Group — which focuses on acquiring single tenant triple net properties.

As a community leader, Shumake also sponsors the Robert S. Shumake Scholarship Relays ( which provides student athletes an opportunity to attend college. It is destined to be the biggest private meet in Michigan and the Mid West.

“We need more entrepreneurs,” says Shumake, who believes that successful business leaders should be heralded as much as high-paid professional athletes and musical artists.

His latest book, “For Entrepreneurs Who Considered Suicide When Business Got Tough,” not only tells how to jump start a business while staying morally grounded, but also provides the resources needed to do so.

Via PRNewswire

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