DEA Names Mary L. Kramer ‘Executive of the Year’

Detroit Executives Association Names Crain’s Detroit Business Group Publisher Mary L. Kramer ‘Executive of the Year’

DETROIT – Oct. 9, 2015 – The Detroit Executives Association will honor Crain’s Detroit Business Group Publisher Mary L. Kramer as its 2015 “Executive of the Year” at a luncheon Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), 241 Madison Ave., Detroit.

Crain’s Detroit Business is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Under Mary’s leadership, the publication is now reaching an estimated 140,000 people each week, and together with its award-winning website, is spreading the word that Detroit and Southeast Michigan’s business comeback is real and lasting,” said Detroit Executives Association President Ron Wells.

Kramer joined Crain’s Detroit Business in 1989 as editor, and in 1990, was named associate publisher. In 2005, she was named publisher, responsible for sales, circulation and editorial operations. In 2013, she assumed additional responsibility as publisher of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

A resident of Detroit, Kramer is the first woman to be elected president of the historic Detroit Athletic Club. She holds honorary doctorates from three state and two private colleges and universities in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her to the Board of Trustees at Grand Valley State University in 2013.

Now in its 34th year, the annual Executive of the Year Award is presented to a business or community leader who exhibits exceptional leadership and devotion to the betterment of the Detroit area.

Past “Executive of the Year” honorees include Strategic Staffing Solutions Founder, President and CEO Cynthia J. Pasky, Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, DTE Energy CEO Anthony Earley and ePrize CEO Josh Linkner.

The November 5 luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with cocktails and lunch at the Detroit Athletic Club. Tickets, ranging in price from $50 for one, $320 for a table eight and $390 for a table of 10, can be obtained by contacting June Cox at 226-783-1565 or


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The Detroit Executives Association, founded in 1926, is comprised of business owners and principal decision makers in and around the Detroit metropolitan area. The association was built on the premise that members will work together to promote not only their own business, but each member’s business, as well, through the exchange of leads at weekly meetings, held at the Detroit Athletic Club.

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