Steele Parker Hughes was born in Detroit, MI. He split his childhood between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario with his grandmother. In 2007, Steele graduated from Detroit Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High school on Detroit's east side where he played a number of sports and was active in numerous clubs and organizations. He is a graduate of Northwood University with a triple major in Entertainment Sports Promotion and Management, Marketing and Business Administration. His academic activities included football, becoming a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., coordinating a number of community programs in the Tri — city area, and starting a small event company with a friend. After graduation, Steele moved to Atlanta for three years where he worked in numerous fields from Entertainment, to fashion, to marketing, to managing a Waffle House. Steele returned to Detroit and started working at Quicken Loans.
While at Quicken Loans, Steele worked on a number of projects which include assisting with the development of recruitment and onboarding processes as well the bonus compensation platform process. Steele also helped coordinate and market the prorated compensation tool to promote a healthy work-life balance among Mortgage Bankers, as well as an initiative that launched a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and Quicken Loans, a mentorship program known as Studio Q. His most prized accomplishment is helping to create a team member-focused program known as Ignite which unlocks the potential and hidden gifts of team members through vulnerable and transparent dialogue with senior leadership and career mentoring- a program which positively impacted the company's retention rate.
Steele has a deep passion for his community and the youth around the city. This can be seen through his involvement in various numerous community initiatives. His deep appreciation for sports is his main outlet to mentoring kids, including as a youth football coach for the Eastside Raiders. Steele currently coaches and serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit City Lions youth organization. Steele is also a member of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and acts as a co — advisor for their youth council and ACT — SO ( Afro — Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) programs. He is committed to improving the daily lives, opportunities and education of our youth as well as bringing platforms to the community that can assist with GED training, skill workforce/ trade programs and community initiatives that will educate and bring resources behind urban farming through the Greening of Detroit and Peace Tree Parks.