William A. (Bud) Brian received a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University in 1966. He is owner and chairman, and former president and CEO, of Budco, a Detroit-based marketing services company. The company has five hundred employees and serves clients including Ameritech, Daimler Chrysler, Disney, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, and Honey Baked Ham. He was named Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 1999 and Budco received the “Best Overall” award in the metropolitan Detroit 2001 “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” competition. Mr. Brian taught English in Walled Lake, MI from 1966 to 1969, specializing in “at-risk” children.