About Us: About MotorCities: Bill Nickels

Bill Nickels


Bill grew up in a Dearborn Ford family and retired from Schoolcraft College where he taught chemistry and represented the faculty as union president. Married, he and his wife have one son and two 1960s Thunderbirds. Living in Ypsilanti, volunteer work began with a local historic preservation group and continued with the Ypsilanti Historical Museum, 12 years as an elected member of Ypsilanti City Council, and 15 years as board secretary for the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. He also served as secretary, treasurer, vice-chair and chair of the Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau. CVB leadership led to being chair of Washtenaw County’s Accommodation Ordinance Commission for seven years until a new commission with a broader focus replaced it in 2016. Bill presently serves on the board of the new combined Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor convention and visitors bureau.