Recently I got a chance to visit with Bill Ford at a Detroit event.
It happened to be the 75th anniversary celebration of the Detroit Economic Club, of which he is chairman as well as a major supporter and donor.
We had a great chat. I was impressed by how much he has grown since handing off Ford Motor Co. CEO responsibilities to Alan Mulally.
But it's not unusual to bump into Bill Ford at evening events because, like so many other auto execs before him, he is involved with local charities, foundations and associations.
Traditionally, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and, yes, Toyota -- plus their executives -- have been big Motor City supporters.