Michigan Chronicle 2019 Men of Excellence

The Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Awards, in its 12th 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.

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Friday August 2, 2019

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

6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Induction Ceremony


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

Karl I. Bell
Managing Director
GAA New Ventures

Stephen Blackwood
Owner & Operator

Sabin Blake
Manager, Business Operations & Heritage
General Motors

Orlando T. Bogins
Detroit Public Schools Community District

Markwei Boye
Owner & CEO
Smart Business Tax Solutions, PLLC

James Bridges
Owner & CEO
Cleanco Commercial Services

Willie Brooks Jr.
President & CEO
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Rodney E. Cole Sr.
State Director of Government Affairs
DTE Energy

Dante Crockett
Chief Engineer, Features
Ford Motor Company

Desmon R. Daniel, Ph.D.
CEO & Superintendent
Motivating Factor, LLC & Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Dr. Jason E. 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 R. Edwards, Esq.
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 R. Hawk, Ed.S.
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 & Community Development Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Cullian W. Hill
Pastor, Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church
President, Baptist Pastors Fellowship of Detroit

Robert Jamerson
Interim CEO
Detroit PAL

Dr. Raphael B. Johnson
The 180 Program

Pastor David A. Johnson II
Kingdom Covenant Church

Kevin D. 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 R. Kemp
 Owner & CEO
Kemp Funeral Home and Cremation Services LLC

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
 Black Male Educators Alliance of Michigan

David Lewis
AT&T Michigan

Myron Lloyd
Legal Counsel, Information Technology
General Motors

William Malcolm
Creative Designer
William Malcolm Luxe Collection

A’Jene Maxwell
Senior Counsel
Bedrock Management LLC

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

Steven McGhee
Harper Woods School District

Richard Perkins
Institutional Trust Specialist
Fifth Third Bank

Harold D. Pope
Senior Counsel

Marcos Purty
Plant Executive Director
General Motors Company

James K. Ralph Jr.
James Ralph Agency, Inc.

Arnold E. Reed
Arnold E. Reed & Associates, PC

Donald Rencher
Director of Housing & Revitalization
City of Detroit

Yusef Shakur
Restoring the Neighbor Back To The Hood

Raymond J. Solomon
Community Liaison
City of Detroit

Pastor 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  B. Williams
President & CEO
Ekklesia Building Corporation

Marlon Wilson
Deputy Chief
City of Detroit Police Department

Dr. Michael G. 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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