In many ways, Metro Detroit was built by the hopes and dreams of people from other countries. The June 2, 2014 edition of Crain’s Detroit Business included an “American Dreamers” feature highlighting local immigrants who have had business success. Ronald Acho, co-founder of the Firm, was nominated and selected to be recognized as one of those people.
Mr. Acho’s family fled Iraq when he was four years old to escape religious discrimination against Christian Iraqis and to pursue a better life. At age 20 he watched his family’s Detroit grocery store be torched to the ground during the riots of 1967. The devastation left his family penniless, without insurance or building ownership. Ambitious and determined, Mr. Acho worked as a clerk at Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Plant while sending himself through college. He went on to earn his law degree and was hired by CMDA in 1975. Since that time, Mr. Acho has helped grow the firm and has spent countless hours giving back to society.
“With opportunities come responsibilities,” explained Mr. Acho. “It is important to give back to the community, especially to those who are less fortunate, so they, too, have the opportunity to improve their lives. In the long run, that helps us all.”