Milan Stevanovich, face of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, dies of COVID-19


Milan Stevanovich, vice president of global strategy and spokesperson for the Detroit Chinese Business Association, died of complications from COVID-19 on Friday. He was 56 years old.

Stevanovich had been on treatment at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn for three weeks before succumbing to the deadly coronavirus, the association said in an emailed statement.

Stevanovich, a Macedonian immigrant, was a Sinophile and spent seven years at DCBA connecting Chinese businesses to opportunities in the Detroit subway. He has led the organization’s efforts in numerous networking events, including a Chinese New Year Gala and the Detroit Chinese Business Association International Golf Open and Banquet.

“… he was a permanent feature of any event that would establish and maintain strong and lasting cultural, educational and economic ties between Michigan and China,” Brian Gao, president of DCBA, said in an email to members. of the DCBA. “In addition to increasing (foreign direct investment) and mergers and acquisitions in Michigan and creating new market share for innovative Michigan companies in China and elsewhere, Milan had established symbiotic links in the projects of redevelopment of the city of Detroit and transformation of the Great Lakes region.

Between 2011 and 2018, Michigan was the US’s third-largest recipient of investment dollars from China, largely tied to the region’s auto industry.

Michigan received $ 1.2 billion in new investment from China, creating 6,304 jobs for Michigan residents, during this period – although direct investment has cooled in recent years as the trade war between the United States and China continues.

Prior to joining DCBA, Stevanovich was a business consultant for Shanghai-based renewable energy start-up Nobhill Energy Group. Most of his career, however, has been a business consultant and director of his own company, Milan Stevanovich and Associates.

Stevanovich attended Oakland Community College and Schoolcraft College.

A “contactless” funeral will take place on Thursday. A funeral procession will depart from the Voran Funeral Home in Dearborn and proceed to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Detroit for the burial. Customers will be asked to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the service.


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