2023 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

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Todd Sachse, CEO, Sachse Construction 

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Nominated by Downtown Boxing Gym
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Todd Sachse, the visionary CEO of Sachse Construction, a construction management and general contracting firm he founded in 1991, is a beacon of philanthropy and community impact. With a career spanning iconic construction projects stretching from California to Boston, Canada to Puerto Rico, Todd has dedicated his life to both the art of building and giving back. It is with great honor that he is celebrated as the recipient of the 2023 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.
At the heart of Todd Sachse's professional journey lies Sachse Construction, a firm renowned for its transformative renovations and groundbreaking constructions. Todd's leadership and unwavering commitment to quality have left an indelible mark on many iconic Detroit buildings and facilities, as well as projects across the United States and beyond. Through his role as a Partner at Broder Sachse Real Estate and a Principal at Zolman Restoration, Todd's influence has resonated across multiple facets of the construction and real estate industry.
Yet, Todd Sachse's true spirit shines through his extraordinary dedication to community service. For the past nine years, he has served on the board of directors at the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG), a transformative organization that empowers young minds. Under Todd's guidance, DBG has flourished, thanks to his annual "Play it Foreward" golf outing. This annual event has raised almost $2M to date to support the students at DBG, as well as other organizations like Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, Pewabic Pottery, and Math Corps.
Todd's impact extends beyond financial contributions. He has devoted countless hours to mentorship, guidance, and leadership for DBG's founder, Khali Sweeney, and executive director, Jessica Hauser. Todd's willingness to connect DBG to his personal and professional networks and to advocate for the organization in every conversation speaks to his deep commitment to the cause.
Through Sachse Construction and his association with Junior Achievement, Todd has championed the Sachse Construction Academy for eight years. This initiative provides valuable exposure to professional trades, hands-on demonstrations, and educational opportunities impacting over 5,500 DPSCD high school students to date. Notably, one DBG graduate, Alchon Conley, discovered his passion for welding through the academy and is now on a path to success in this field. Todd's dedication extends to ensuring that DBG students can explore higher education, as he rallied his employees to support a high school graduate in 2023 with college campus visits, guiding the student toward a brighter future. 

Todd actively contributes to numerous organizations, including the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, where he serves as a Board Member, and has notably held the position of Past President. His affiliations also extend to the Young Presidents Organization, New Detroit Board, Downtown Boxing Gym Board, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition Board, Cranbrook Art Academy Board, and Past President of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. Furthermore, Todd is a member of the Chief Executives Organization and is recognized as the Co-founder and Co-chair of the esteemed Detroit Developer Roundtable.
In recognition of his selflessness, dedication, and unwavering leadership, the Downtown Boxing Gym proudly nominates Todd Sachse for the 2023 Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Todd embodies the spirit of giving back and has made an indelible impact on DBG and the students it serves every day. His legacy of philanthropy serves as an inspiring example for all, proving that success is not only measured by one's professional accomplishments but also by the positive impact they have on their community. Todd Sachse, a true beacon of philanthropy, exemplifies the essence of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award.