October 6, 2016, Detroit, MI— Michigan’s top corporations and MBEs gathered this week at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 33rdAnnual Awards celebration, the ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards and the Hall of Fame at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center to honor those who champion excellence in business.
ACE Award winners were:
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I: Jim Roberts Enterprises LLC
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II:Mac Arthur Corporation
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III,V2Soft, Inc;
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV, Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC
MBE Luminary Award: Frank Venegas – Ideal Group
Corporate Buyer of the Year: Francis T Lebryk – Johnson Controls
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award: Kevin Bell – Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles
President’s Award: Leon Richardson — Chemico
Corporation of the Year Automotive OEM: Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (Tie)
Corporation of the Year Automotive OEM: General Motors Company (Tie)
Corporation of the Year Commercial Products: Herman Miller Inc.
Corporation of the Year Consumer Products Petrochemical, and Energy: DTE Energy Company
Corporation of the Year Financial & Insurance Services: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Corporation of the Year Manufacturing/Automotive: Lear Corporation
Corporation of the Year Professional Services & Staffing: Kelly Services, Inc
Volunteer of the Year: Teresa LeFevre – Comerica
Executive of the Year: David Drouillard – General Motors Company
Hall of Fame Inductee: Hank Aguirre – Mexican Industries
Hall of Fame Inductee: Ron Hall, Sr. — Bridgewater Interiors
“We recognized corporations, minority businesses, and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating diverse suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO of MMSDC. “Our Ambassadors are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.”
Boasting an attendance of 850, the ACE Awards is one of the most prestigious business events that takes place annually in our state where the top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region gather to celebrate the people who are making significant contributions to minority supplier development. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year as well as corporate members for their commitment to supplier diversity and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts.