DEARBORN, Mich. – (August 16, 2017) – The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA) and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (WDDDA) have announced the mayoral appointment of the following individuals to their respective Board of Directors:
- Devon Akmon, director of the Arab American National Museum
- Mohammed Hider, owner of Famous Hamburger
- Doug Van Noord, director of sales, leasing and development for Ford Land
Dearborn DDA board members serve a four-year term and oversee the operations of their respective DDA organizations, representing a variety of downtown interests. They are responsible for the development and implementation of projects and programs, as well as management of the DDAs’ annual budgets. Further, they will collaboratively work toward achieving the vision of a unified “Downtown Dearborn” concept, reinforcing Michigan Avenue as a Main Street, serving as a diverse, cohesive hub of activity for residents, businesses and visitors.
Akmon succeeded the Arab American National Museum (AANM) founding director Anan Ameri, Ph.D. as director in 2013, serving previously as the organization’s deputy director. He joined the AANM as a curator of community history in 2005. Under his leadership the AANM expanded its mission and programming, as well as its footprint with the addition of the Annex, a new community art space adjacent to the museum.
Akmon is a board member of the American Alliance of Museums, CultureSource, Artspace and The CivCity Initiative. He also serves on the advisory councils for Kresge Arts in Detroit, Smithsonian Affiliations and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University.
He earned his Master of Science in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and is a graduate of the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Emerging Leaders Class IX and Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV. Akmon resides in Ann Arbor.
Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit since his youth, Hider is the owner and president of Famous Hamburger, founded by his grandfather Hussein Hider in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1970s. The restaurateur took on the role of management in Famous Hamburger’s East Dearborn location at the age of 18. At the age of 24, Hider launched the newest Famous Hamburger restaurant in Downtown West Dearborn in March of 2015. He had locations already established in East Dearborn and Canton Michigan. Hider has a vision to grow the Famous Hamburger brand by launching more franchisee locations across the metro Detroit area and possibly across the country.
Hider attended the University of Michigan, with a focus in general business, and is a member of the National Restaurant Association. Hider is also a large advocate of promoting positive community and economic growth within his neighborhood. He is a resident of Dearborn.
Doug Van Noord
As director of sales, leasing and development for Ford Land, Van Noord is responsible for the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of Ford Land’s commercial properties in Southeast Michigan, with a primary focus on leasing several million square feet of commercial office space in Dearborn and Allen Park.
Van Noord is responsible for Ford Land’s new $60 million, 150,000-sq. ft. retail and office development Wagner Place in Downtown West Dearborn. The development will restore the façade of the 120-year old historic property and construct new buildings along two blocks.
With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate managing assets on behalf of landlords, investors and developers, Van Noord formerly worked at Reit Management and Research LLC, and Hallwood Commercial Real Estate. He began his career as a broker at Cushman and Wakefield. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and earned his finance degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Van Noord resides in Troy.