Alan R. Bennett
GCBA President / GCBA Events Chairman
Alan Bennett currently serves as President of the Garden City Business Alliance, as well as the Chairman of the GCBA Events Committee. A new resident of Westland, Alan and his wife, Laura, spent over 22 years as Garden City residents, raising their 3 children as successful products of the Garden City Public School system. Aside from his GCBA duties, Alan is proud to serve as the Technical Director for the Garden City High School Theatre program where he designs Sets, gathers Props, and executes Make-up plots. In addition, Alan operates an online theatre directory, www.FindLiveTheatre.com, dedicated to inform theatre fans everywhere about various live theatre productions, auditions, theatre camps and classes. Alan is excited about the prospects of continuing the hard work started by Mr. Kerry Partin, the legendary founder and former President of the GCBA.
GCBA Vice President / GCBA Trunk-R-Treat 2019 Co-Chairwoman
Elaine Salter is a long time resident of Garden City. She and her family moved here in the summer before she started first grade, and stayed until she graduated from Garden City West High School in 1978. Elaine lived with her family for a few years in Livonia before marrying her husband, Kevin. When deciding where to buy their first home, they both decided on Garden City, where they both grew up. Elaine was asked to join a gift basket business that two of her sisters-in-law had started. After working together for a couple years, both sisters-in-law decided it wasn’t for them. Rather than closing the business, Elaine decided to take it on herself, eventually renaming the business to Elaine’s Gift Baskets and More.
Elaine joined the GCBA after seeing an article in the Garden City Observer, and seeing their booth at an event. She attended her first meeting 2 months after the GCBA was founded, and has rarely missed a meeting since. “I love how this organization has made me aware of what my city has to offer”.
GCBA Secretary / GCBA Marketing Chairwoman
Jill Lezotte-Kates graduated from Garden City East High School Class of 1980 where she was the class secretary for 3 years. Jill was also voted by her peers as the 1980 Prom Queen, Hardest Worker, Most Active, Most School Spirited and Craziest Giggle. Jill started her Avon business just months after graduation in Garden City and will be celebrating her 39th Anniversary with Avon in October 2019. Jill was the owner of the Avon retail store in Westland for many years. She closed the store to work with her team of 200+ Avon Representatives and hosts monthly training and sales meetings for all Avon Representatives in the greater Detroit area. With Avon’s memory foam slippers, she will be hosting her 6th Annual Slippers for Seniors this year. This is done in several local communities including Garden City. She is also a big supporter of the Avon Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life campaigns. Jill is a member of the Westland Chamber of Commerce and is the Secretary and Marketing Chairwoman for the Garden City Business Alliance. Jill graduated from Schoolcraft College in 1995 with an Associate Degree in Marketing and Applied Management. Jill resides in Wayne, MI with her husband Chris Kates, also a 1980 graduate of Garden City East High School. They have 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters.
Sharon Hassett has lived in Garden City for almost 40 years and is currently employed at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home in Garden City. Sharon is the current Treasurer for the Garden City Business Alliance and has helped from inception to establish, support, and grow this organization for the benefit of the community. Sharon volunteers on the board of directors for the Friends of the G. C. Historical Museum who graciously offers their Grande Parlour banquet room for the GCBA monthly membership meetings. Appointed by the mayor, Sharon also serves as Chairmanfor the Commission on Aging of Garden City.
Joe Bartley, President of J & J Taxes and More has been preparing taxes in Garden City for over 20 years. When the time was right for Joe and wife Jennene to open their office, they knew there was only one place, they wanted to be, and that was Garden City. Joe grew up in Garden City and is a graduate of Garden City East High School. He believes in “giving back” by supporting and sponsoring community events, high school sports, the Garden City Historical Museum, Toys for Tots, The Boy Scouts and The Food Pantry (to name a few). Joe was also one of the founding members of the Garden City Business Alliance and has served as Treasurer and currently, Trustee. He’s the father of a son, two daughters and two grandchildren, which he loves to spend time with, when he’s not crunching numbers.
Barbara L. McConnell, LMT
Barbara L McConnell, owner of Michigan Massage Professionals is a 2012 graduate of Everest Institute. Barbara believes that Massage Therapy provides a number of health and wellness related benefits delivered in a natural and safe non-invasive manner and thus, do not carry the harmful side effects associated with prescribed medications that simply mask symptoms, and the many invasive medical procedures that can put patients at risk for infection.
After spending more than 20 years in business and watching what stress does to people’s health and quality of life, she was determined to find some way to help. Massage is her choice.
GCBA Trustee / GCBA Co-Founder / GCBA Former President
Kerry Partin, host of Garden City Community Chat along with co-founder Kelly Perkins established the Garden City Business Alliance in August of 2014. After the disbanding of Garden City's Chamber of Commerce, they both realized the need for not only the businesses to have an organization to advocate for them, but for the city to have representation as well. The GCBA is a 501 c-6 organization and its membership has grown ever since. As a result of Kerry and Kelly's hard work and dedication the GCBA is now recognized by the City of Garden City as their Chamber.
Remember to please "support small business".
GCBA Shop For A Cause Chairwoman
GCBA Trunk-R-Treat 2019 Co-Chairwoman
Jackie Perrydore has lived and volunteered in Garden City almost exclusively since the early 1970's. She has been a full-time Realtor since 1994 and prior to that in banking/mortgages. For a 5 year period she also worked in Garden City at what is now Bank of America. It used to be said, jokingly, that if she was out of Garden City, she was on vacation. Jackie has been volunteering and an active community member since she was in the Garden City Public School system. Since graduating high school Jackie has served on many committee’s and boards. Now she has added to her list of giving back to the community that helped “raise” her, The Garden City Business Alliance Shop for a Cause chairwomen and co-chair of the Trunk-R-Treat. Jackie is very excited to play a small part in helping motivate and help businesses in the community.
GCBA Car Show Chairman
GCBA Business Expo Show Chair