Luis Ali, native Detroiter, Western International High School graduate and entered the United States Air Force right out of high school at the age of 17 years old. The military provided a pathway out of the inner city. Luis served active duty with the USAF for 18 years as a Command and Control Emergency Actions Specialist coordinating air refueling missions. He ended his active duty with being instrumental in turning over control of the Panama Canal back to the Panamanian government.
In 2004 Luis completed a 4-year skilled trade program through the Associated Builders & Contractors of Michigan and became a licensed electrician and was employed by a non union electrical company until 2008. When the economy turned for the worse, he decided to create his own opportunities and evolved to what is now known as AGI Construction.
He has over 20 years of hands on construction experience, coordinating project plans, supervising personnel along with coordinating subcontractors and inspections to ensure project completion. Luis is a natural leader with patience and fortitude that is required for challenging Detroit projects. He enjoys working directly with Detroit local minority subcontractors sharing his personal entrepreneur journey experiences, opportunities and resources.
Master Sergeant Ali, 23 year veteran still currently serves and deploys with the Air National Guard, 200th Rapid Engineering Deployable Heavy Operational Readiness Squadron Engineer (REDHORSE). REDHORSE is a mobile civil engineer response force that supports contingency and special operations worldwide. The primary mission is to assess, plan and establish contingency facilities/infrastructure to support contingency operations and combat missions. In 2010 he deployed to Camp Dwyer Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom where he took part in building a C-17 runway, one of the largest projects the military has undertaken since Vietnam.