Consultant that raked in $17.2M in bankruptcy congratulates Detroit in NYT ad

Conway MacKenzie
Photo courtesy of Joseph Lichterman.

A local consulting firm that has billed taxpayers $17.2 million for helping Detroit with its bankruptcy ran a full-page advertisement in Sunday’s New York Times.

“Congratulations to the City of Detroit, Mayor Michael Duggan, City Council and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on a job well done,” the ad reads. “Your tireless and spirited efforts were instrumental in guiding the city – in record time – through the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.”

Van Conway with L. Brooks Patterson
Van Conway with L. Brooks Patterson

Full-page ads in the New York Times typically cost more than $100,000, especially on Sundays in the 1A section.

Conway MacKenzie raised serious questions after hiring former embattled state Treasurer Andy Dillon, who played a role in helping the firm land the lucrative contract and helped Gov. Rick Snyder seize control of the city’s finances. The firm’s president and CEO, Van Conway, also was a good friend of Dillon’s before the contract process even began.

Van Conway is known for hosting lavish holiday parties with scantily clad women.

“Conway MacKenzie is proud to serve as operational restructuring advisor to the city of Detroit,” the ad continues, listing phone numbers for 10 of their offices.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • churchchurchliquorstore1

    Just another crook in a suit and tie.

  • Jackie

    Corruption and cronyism alive and well in Michigan!

  • I don’t see a problem. They just got through the largest municipal bankruptcy restructuring in the history of the United States. It was literally unprecedented in size and scope, and they help shepherd through a pretty awesome deal for the city. It’s kind of a big deal for a small-ish firm from Michigan. They should take out an ad.

    If Duggan was smart, he’d be sitting on their last payments while they discussed moving their offices to Detroit. You know, to show faith in the restructuring plan, and that.

    Also, $17 million sounds light. I would be looking for that number to creep up north of $20 million.

    I’ve never been to a party where Van has had scantily-clad women about, but I will say this, the guy is a good dude. I wouldn’t work for him, but he’s a fun guy.

  • dirtydog1776

    It pays to be a lawyer……a license to legally rape and loot. The Detroit legacy of corruption, favoritism, payoffs and bribes continues.

  • falseprophet

    Those consultants did a great job. I’m surprised the cost so little.