Amy McGraw is the Marketing Director at Public Service Credit Union in Detroit. She’s also another active member of the “#backchannel” on Twitter. (Don’t know what that is yet? Do a Twitter search for #backchannel and join in!) She has an enthusiasm for Detroit that I truly admire…and she’s my featured interview this week! Take a moment to enjoy this thoughtful Q&A.
LW: What city did you grow up in?
LW: What was your first job?
AM: Greenfield Village
LW: Where did you go to college?
AM: Michigan State University – GO GREEN!!
LW: Tell me about your business/company.
AM: Public Service Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving members who live, work, worship, or attend school in Wayne County, Michigan.
LW: What makes it unique?
AM: We really care about the members and about the community. From the CEO right down to every front-line person it’s all about what is best for the member. What can we do to help YOU achieve YOUR goals. That’s the way it should be and that’s the way it is. It’s why I love it here.
LW: What do you love most about what you do?
AM: I love the interaction with the people; especially when I’m delivering a donation or giving a member a prize. I love team-building and being a cheerleader for the credit union and for the Detroit community.
LW: What is one thing most people don’t know about you (hidden talent, etc.)?
AM: I can hold a hand-stand for over a minute and I compete professionally in the Disc Dog circuit with my awesome dog Mocha.
LW: Outside of work, what are some of your passions?
AM: READING! I wish I had more time to read, I love getting lost in different stories. I love to travel anywhere tropical where I can get under the water and see that part of our beautiful planet. I love social media and getting involved with my community with a click of a button.
LW: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this state?
AM: I heard today that the Simpsons dissed Detroit by saying that we live in a “Mad Max” time and that simply isn’t true. Detroit is full of people who really care about their neighbors, not gunning them down. I remember once when I went to go see Beverly Hills Cop in San Diego and the opening scenes in Detroit showed a dirty, rough, scary city. The woman next to me said, “I would NEVER want to go there,” I leaned in and whispered, “It’s not that bad,” and she turned and said, “Oh you’ve been there?” And I said, “I live there.” She actually got up and moved!
I even got thrown out of a cab in NYC because I was with a group from my HS class and we said we were from Detroit. There is a fear about our city that has been around for decades and it just isn’t justified. Because our state is associated with Detroit there seems to be a trickle-down negativity that can affect our entire state.
LW: What things draw you to downtown Detroit?
AM: I LOVE the arts, the museums, the theaters…we have such an amazing cultural center in downtown…how lucky am I that I can see a Broadway show in a short 15 minute drive?? Or see the works of Degas, Van Gogh, or Picasso right down the street? I also love the sports and the night life. Or skating in the middle of the city at Campus Martius…SO much to do!
MSU or U of M? EASY – GO GREEN MSU
Ford, GM or Chrysler? Come on now, I’m from Dearborn – FORD
Lions, Tigers, Pistons or Red Wings? WINGS!
Facebook or Twitter? Toughie – okay Twitter
Favorite local radio station? Ouch – okay, I’ll admit it AMP 98.7
Favorite local TV station? WXYZ Channel 7 and the #backchannel gang
Favorite local brand? Sanders! Love that Bumpy Cake!!
Favorite restaurant? Millers – best burger…period.
Favorite place to vacation in Michigan? Traverse City
Favorite place to take out-of-towners? Greektown!