Stephen Thornhill has been a godsend to the MECCA Development Corporation. Approached by the board after a couple glasses of wine at a holiday party last year, he joyfully accepted the challenge of developing MECCA’s brand and building a sleek and contemporary new website for the organization. Stephen works diligently with the board to communicate our vision to diverse stakeholders, exploring the possibilities of how to best translate MECCA’s story through the use of cutting-edge technology. As a businessman with an entrepreneurial drive, Stephen has anticipated the need to develop new media in response to MECCA’s tremendous growth over the past year.
In addition to his Bachelors of Administration from Central
Michigan University, Stephen brings over ten years of past marketing and public relations experience to the board. In 2010, he changed directions in his career and began working as an app developer for Apple and Android. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own business, The Edison App Company, which has grown to a team of nine talented individuals. In 2014, he co-developed Patient Access Solutions, a digital development company that specializes in custom health solutions, where he now serves as Vice President of Development. The company has been recognized locally as the state of Michigan’s largest hospital and health network mobile developer (by client), and nationally by USA Today, Forbes, and The Washington Post for its focus on transparency in the patient care continuum.
Even though Stephen is a relative newcomer to East English Village, he and his spouse (a neighborhood association board leader) have become an integral part of the fabric of our community. The inclusiveness and revitalization of his neighborhood is what motivates him to be involved in MECCA. Neighbors wave and say “hello,” and often go out of their way to help one another every day. He appreciates how far his neighborhood has transformed in the past couple of years. When he moved into his home in the fall of 2014, seven homes were vacant on his block. Now, every home is occupied with neighbors and yards are full of flowers.
As a hobby, Stephen travels as much as his schedule permits. He is also an avid collector of vintage cars.