Michigan Chronicle 2019 Men of Excellence

The Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Awards, in its 13th year, recognizes local African-American men who inspire others through their vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. They are men who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise and integrity who continue to break the mold and affect change in their professions and community.

These men influence those around them to go beyond the norm and strive for greatness. They are champions of our economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of our business, religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and service. In 2019, 50 new honorees will join the exclusive society of 600+ professionals who have previously received this distinction.

The Men of Excellence Awards and Induction Ceremony is an elegant evening that commemorates the successes of our most influential African-American men, attracting nearly 1,000 accomplished tastemakers, influencers, executives, heroes, and decision-makers from Southeast Michigan.

Friday August 2, 2019

Motor City Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Induction Ceremony


Pastor Adeniji Abraham
Detroit Chapel of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God

Karl Bell
Managing Director
GAA New Ventures

Stephen Blackwood

Sabin Blake
Manager, Business Operations and Heritage
General Motors

Orlando Bogins
Detroit Public Schools Community District

James Bridges
Cleanco Commercial Services

Willie Brooks, Jr.
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Rodney E. Cole
State Director of Government Affairs
DTE Energy

Dante Crockett
Chief Engineer, Features
Ford Motor Company

Ray Curry
International Union, UAW

Dr. Desmon Daniel
CEO & Superintendent
Motivating Factor, LLC & Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Dr. Jason Denny
Senior Staff Transplant Surgeon, Director Center for Living Donation, Chair Detroit MOTTEP (fdn) Foundation
Henry Ford Transplant Institute

DeWitt S. Dykes, Jr.
Associate Professor of History
Oakland University

Keith Echols
Executive Vice President
w3r Consulting

Carl Edwards
Edwards & Jennings, P.C.

Alburn H. Elvin, Jr., Esq.
Manager, Board Relations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Nyron Fauconier
VP, Global Account Director
Jack Morton Worldwide

Derek Faulk
Nova Discipline Academy, Oak Park School District

Tony Hawk
Deputy Executive Director of K-12 Mathematics
Detroit Public Schools Community District

Waymond Hayes
Director Early Learning/Youth Development
Focus: HOPE

Philip Henry
Asst. Vice President
Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Cullian W. Hill
Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church

Robert Jamerson
Interim CEO
Detroit PAL

Dr. Raphael B. Johnson
The 180 Program

Pastor David Johnson
Kingdom Covenant Church

Kevin Johnson
President, CEO
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Lamont R Jones, MD, MBA
Vice Chair Department of Otolaryngology
Henry Ford Health System

Kenneth Kelly
Chairman & CEO
First Independence Bank

Stephen Kemp
CEO Owner
Kemp Funeral Home and Cremation Services LLC

David Lewis
AT&T Michigan

Curtis Lewis, PhD.
Founder/Chairman of the Board
Detroit 90/90-UPrep Schools Development, and Black Male Educators Alliance of Michigan

Myron Lloyd
Legal Counsel, Information Technology
General Motors

William Malcolm
Creative Designer
William Malcolm Luxe Collection

Markwei Boye
Owner and CEO
Smart Business Tax Solutions, PLLC

A’Jene Maxwell
Senior Counsel
Bedrock Management LLC

Prof. James C. Mays
Chairman, Professor
Mays Multimedia- JCM Global, Wayne County Community College District

Steven McGhee
Harper Woods School District

Richard Perkins
Institutional Trust Specialist
Fifth Third Bank

Harold Pope
Senior Counsel

Marcos Purty
Plant Executive Director
General Motors Company

James Ralph
James Ralph Agency, Inc.

Arnold Reed
Arnold E. Reed & Associates, PC

Donald Rencher
Director of Housing and Revitalization
City of Detroit

Yusef Shakur
Restoring the Neighbor Back To The Hood

Ray Solomon
Community Liaison
City of Detroit

Alan Tumpkin
Lead Pastor
LifeChurch Southfield

David Turner
Vice President of University Human Resources
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Willie White II
Detroit Public Schools, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men

Dennis Williams
Le Crepe LLC

Aubin Williams
Ekklesia Building Corporation

Marlon Wilson
Deputy Chief
City of Detroit Police Department


Michael Workings
Henry Ford Health System
Department of Family Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery, Head Physician Detroit Tigers, Team Medical Physician for Detroit Lions, Head Team Physician U of D Mercy, Team Physician U of D Jesuit HS, Medical Director for Sports Teams Medical Services HFHS



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