From Corporate to Culinary: An Entrepreneurial Journey & Detroit Success Story

From Corporate to Culinary

Event Details


November 29, 2023 4:30 PM - 7 PM EST

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Join us for an evening of networking & conversation featuring Ping Ho, entrepreneur & owner of multiple Detroit food & wine businesses, including Marrow, The Royce, Mink, along with Sarah Welch, Marrow Partner & Executive Chef.  The discussion will be moderated by Amy Whipple,  Midwest Business Development Director at BDO.  
The conversation will include:
  • Believing in Detroit and the region's potential, as well as growing a brand that can travel beyond Detroit
  • Establishing Marrow, located in the West Village, in 2018 & the significant milestones since then
  • Gaining experience in strategic planning, business development, the digital side of the industry, and valuable lessons about working with start-ups through Ping's work in the music industry
  • Expanding the reach of the Marrow brand by developing 14,000 square feet of space in Eastern Market for various purposes, including CPG, restaurants, and direct-to-consumer operations
  • Adding an events business to the portfolio and bringing partners on board
  • Overcoming the disruptions of the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Expanding the meat business through Marrow Detroit Provisions, distributing USDA meat products through their own channels in grocery stores such as Plum Market, Westborn Market , and Western Market
 You won't want to miss this educational, dynamic, and inspirational evening!
Members: $100
Non-Members: $125


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Ping Ho

Marrow, Mink, The Royce, Marrow Detroit Provisions

Ping Ho is an entrepreneur and business owner with multiple food and wine establishments in Detroit. She grew up in Singapore, where she often accompanied her grandmother to the “wet market" and where the direct connection between customers and local food vendors left a lasting impression. That and her upbringing around good food inspired her to launch Marrow, a restaurant and butcher shop hybrid in Detroit. Ping is also the owner of downtown wine bar The Royce and a co-founder in seafood restaurant Mink. She is currently working on developing a two-story building in historic Eastern Market, which will house Marrow's meat processing arm Marrow Detroit Provisions, focused on value-added meat products sourced sustainably in the Great Lakes region. Prior to being an investor and business owner, Ping was Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group in New York City, specializing in business innovation and startups. Ping graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and holds an M.B.A from Columbia Business School.

Chef Welch

Sarah Welch

Partner & Executive Chef

Chef Welch was raised between Jamaica and Michigan surrounded with culture, cooking, and eating. Sarah left Michigan to pursue culinary studies at New York’s French Culinary Institute. Though she has worked for recognized chefs like Brian Polcyn, most of her experience is gleaned working alongside talented peers. Her time in Detroit has yielded close connections with the local farming community which now serves as the muse for the food you can find at Marrow's restaurant.

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Amy Whipple

Midwest Region Business Development Director

Amy joined BDO almost four years ago with over 20 years of business development, marketing, event-planning, fundraising, recruiting and consulting experience. The chapters of Amys career journey are all connected by one common themeshe loves helping people and businesses thrive. 

In Amys role, she works closely with BDO clients and prospects to bring together the One BDO team to solve problems, bring forward proactive ideas, and to provide value to new and existing relationships. Amy enjoys serving as a connector and identifying BDO team members who are well positioned to serve clients based on industry, niche expertise, ownership or tax structure, challenges or goals. Amy enjoys learning about the many areas of expertise the firm has to offer including: 400+ areas of consulting service areas, technology transformation and specialty tax.  Amy thrives on connecting the dots and driving collaboration, strategy and aligning client needs with the firms expertise. Amy has worked closely with clients in all types of ownership structures including: privately-held, publicly traded, PE-backed and family-owned businesses.

Amy prides herself on building strong relationships and providing caring and trusting guidance to clients, peers and strategic partners.  She is passionate about positively impacting companies and truly loves being an integral player on a winning team.  Amy genuinely enjoys networking (she prefers the "NetGiving" approach), leading peer-to-peer groups, and attending events for professional development. She considers herself to be a lifelong and curious learner, which has proven beneficial in her role as a trusted advisor. 

Amy enjoys being part of the Southeast Michigan business community and also is passionate about the impact she is able to make on local non-profits. 

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