Kevin Fowler

 COO, Motor City Center for Hope (MCCH)

Kevin Fowler

COO, Motor City Center for Hope (MCCH)

In a world that at times feels like a tornado of commitments, deadlines, and never-ending to-do lists, who wouldn’t benefit from a little extra help finding their center? Imagine juggling your obligations to your family, your job, and the zillionth time this week, trying to find your keys. Yes, this does sound familiar. Well, therein lies the saving grace of groups like the Motor City Center for Hope.

Think of them as the superheroes of mental health who are always willing to lend a helping hand or a sympathetic ear. They are here to help you navigate the tangles of stress and worry by guiding you along a road of serenity and self-discovery.

And leading the charge is none other than the indomitable Kevin F. Fowler Sr., the Chief Operating Officer extraordinaire. Kevin’s not just about balancing the books and optimizing operations (though he does that with flair). He’s the secret sauce that’s propelling this organization to new heights. With a vision as clear as a summer’s day in Detroit, Kevin’s strategic insights and leadership have been the driving force behind Motor City Center for Hope’s meteoric rise.

Knowing Kevin

Kevin’s upbringing was rooted in modest beginnings, nurtured by the unwavering determination of his single mother. Despite limited resources, she made it a priority to involve him in sports and extracurricular activities, with football and wrestling becoming integral parts of his childhood, as Kevin fondly recalls.

Throughout his formative years, Kevin looked up to his grandfather, a quintessential blue-collar worker who provided invaluable guidance. This influential figure was not only a marine but also a formidable boxer, earning him a reputation for toughness. Kevin proudly acknowledges, “Everything I know about being a man, I’ve gleaned either from him or through my own experiences.”

Kevin’s personal passion beyond his professional life lies in martial arts, encompassing Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts. He maintains a consistent training regimen across all these disciplines, actively participating in Kickboxing competitions. While a significant portion of his leisure time is dedicated to intensive gym sessions, Kevin cherishes moments of respite or rest days by engaging in enjoyable and calming activities with his family.

Kevin’s Unconventional Journey

Kevin’s academic background primarily centers around accounting, reflected in his major. However, he also harbors a keen interest in technology, particularly machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science.

Having followed a non-traditional educational trajectory, Kevin believes it significantly shaped his current role as a business leader. He departed from Detroit Public Schools during the 10th grade and only decided to resume his education as an adult. Achieving his GED, he embarked on his academic journey at Henry Ford College in the fall of 2018. There, he completed the Honors Program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. Post-graduation, he transitioned to Wayne State University, presently focusing on Accounting with an Honors co-major.

Kevin attributes a substantial portion of his professional triumphs to Henry Ford College (HFC), particularly recognizing the invaluable guidance of the Honors program faculty. His time at HFC not only refined his abilities and provided him with the necessary tools to evolve from a once inexperienced high school dropout to the accomplished individual he is today, but it also reignited his passion for learning, a flame that had previously waned.

The Journey of Motor City Center for Hope

Motor City Center for Hope (MCCH) stands as a family-owned and operated enterprise in Kevin’s narrative. Founded by his mother in 2015, Kevin was a teenager devoid of formal education at the time. Despite this, he played a role in the initial phases of the business, extending assistance in client interactions and document organization. In those early years, Kevin primarily observed and absorbed knowledge, offering scant tangible contributions. Yet, with maturation and the acquisition of practical skills, Kevin found himself presented with increasing responsibilities and opportunities within the company.

As the COO

When asked about MCCH’s operations, Kevin explained, “Within our organization, the CEO serves as the public face, overseeing all clinical aspects, while I function as the operational backbone, managing essential functions that ensure smooth operations.” He elaborated, “This encompasses tasks ranging from accounting, payroll, and HR to IT, communications, and marketing.”

In his role as COO, Kevin has been involved in various aspects, from overseeing expansions into new territories to crafting employee benefit plans. If he were to pinpoint one project where he truly excelled, it would likely be the implementation of a purpose-built EMR system during his time as MIHP director. This marked a pivotal moment in his career, allowing him to make a substantial impact on the company.

Kevin’s philosophy centers on the belief that selecting the right individuals and creating an optimal work environment empowers them to excel independently, requiring minimal additional effort from his end. In his professional experience, this approach has proven effective. He recognizes that most graduate professionals possess strong work ethic and discipline, often disliking overbearing management styles, particularly when coming from someone they perceive as younger or less formally educated, such as himself. As a result, Kevin dedicates the majority of his leadership efforts to the interview and onboarding processes. Once an employee has established themselves as a good fit and proven their capabilities, he steps back, allowing them to leverage their strengths. He intervenes only when necessary, making occasional minor adjustments or addressing significant incidents.

Navigating Challenges and Aspirations

Kevin and his mother have faced their most significant challenge in securing funding for their business. They have chosen the bootstrap route, navigating without external investments. While this grants them full ownership, it also amplifies the risk and complexity of growing the venture.

A distinctive hurdle in terms of funding revolves around pricing control. The bulk of their revenue, approximately 90%, stems from insurance payers, with a substantial portion coming from Medicaid. This year, despite widespread inflation and cost of living hikes, there was a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental health care providers. Some insurance giants like Centene, which owns Meridian, went to the extent of slashing their reimbursement rates by over 30%. This drastic measure led to the closure of several smaller providers and prompted many others to discontinue their acceptance of the plan altogether, resulting in a crisis with many individuals left without proper healthcare access. Kevin’s response has been to engage in contract renegotiations with this specific payer. Unfortunately, altering the standard Medicaid rate remains a challenge, though they are committed to raising awareness about this issue.

In essence, Kevin remains committed to an ongoing effort aimed at expanding and advancing the company, with the goal of reaching more areas and providing aid to a greater number of individuals in need.

Company
Motor City Center for Hope (MCCH)

Management

Kevin Fowler
COO

Description

Motor City Center for Hope is one of the highest rated mental health counseling providers in the Metro Detroit area. We offer individual, group, couples, and family therapy, as well as anger management, substance misuse, domestic violence, and parenting classes. Since 2015, we have have helped thousands of our clients overcome various obstacles and challenges in their lives, and we are confident in our ability to do the same for you. As long as you are open and willing to put in the work, you will achieve positive results with our evidence based practices. 

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