Royal Oak’s DDA manager to helm Birmingham Shopping District

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 12, 2021

 Sean Kammer is the new executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District, coming from  the Downtown Development  Authority in Royal Oak.

Sean Kammer is the new executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District, coming from the Downtown Development Authority in Royal Oak.

Photo provided by Erika Bassett, public relations specialist for the Birmingham Shopping District

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BIRMINGHAM — Last week, the Birmingham Shopping District board of directors appointed a new executive director for the organization who has plenty of downtown commerce experience.

Sean Kammer was unanimously appointed to the position after a nationwide search was conducted for an executive director. The position became vacant earlier this year when Ingrid Tighe resigned to take a similar role with Oakland County’s Economic Development Department.

Birmingham Shopping District board Chair Jeff Hockman said in a statement that the appointment comes “following an extensive recruitment and interview process, adding that Kammer’s “extensive educational background and professional experience make him an excellent candidate for this position.”

For the last four years, Kammer has been the manager of Royal Oak’s Downtown Development Authority, and before that, he served as the DDA director for Lathrup Village. He holds a master’s in public administration with a graduate certificate in economic development and is currently pursuing a master’s in political science, both through Wayne State University in Detroit.

Kammer has experience in economic development, public relations, downtown marketing, and business attraction and retention, which he said will allow him to dive right into his new role with the BSD.

“I’m really excited to begin. I think downtown Birmingham, as far as downtowns in Oakland County go, it’s definitely a jewel. This job has a lot of prestige to it, and I’m excited to hit the ground running,” he said.

Kammer is set to start with the BSD May 17. He said he plans to hit the streets as soon as he can to meet the property and business owners.

“DDAs are first and foremost for economic development, encouraging real estate development, (traffic) and marketing the image of the downtown you want to convey to the public. To do that, it’s essential the property owners and business owners are engaged. You really need buy-in from them, so you don’t want to create policies in a vacuum,” he explained. “It’s essential to have their interests in mind so you can understand what would help them and craft policies that benefit them.”

For more information on the Birmingham Shopping District, visit allinbirmingham.com.

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