IMMP: In July 2012, you succeeded Walter Stampor, longtime executive director of the Retirement Systems of the City of Detroit. Did he offer any guidance or advice for leading the two multi-billion dollar retirement funds going forward?

Thomas: Absolutely! During the eight years Walter spent as executive director, I was the director over the Police and Fire Retirement System. The last two years of his tenure was spent as a training period where I was included in more issues that affect both Systems. Actually, the best advice he gave me was to “chill out”. Recognize what you can and cannot change and don’t stress yourself about it. There is always tomorrow.

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