Celebrating 90 Years, Detroit Executives Association Honors Shinola with Annual Award

DETROIT – Oct. 4, 2016 – The Detroit Executives Association will honor one of the region’s outstanding examples of manufacturing resurgence at its 37th annual “Executive of the Year” luncheon on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at The Detroit Athletic Club.

Shinola, a company dedicated to Detroit and its manufacturing heritage, has set a high bar in its efforts to rejuvenate the city, said DEA President Sue Voyles, owner of Logos Communications. “My colleagues at the Detroit Executives Association are very pleased to recognize Shinola for setting a shining example of what is possible when goals are clearly articulated and a vision for the future of our community is set in motion.”

The Detroit Executives Association, founded in 1926 by several members of The Detroit Athletic Club, is said to be a microcosm of society, with business executives from all walks of life. What members have in common is a passion to grow their customer base by referring and using each other’s professional services.

That formula continues to work for the DEA, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

“From its very inception, it’s a deliberate strategy that continues to benefit those who consider the Detroit Executives Association one of their primary professional connections,” said Voyles. “Helping one another with purposefulness and a broad sense of the membership’s needs in mind is what makes the DEA so effective in what it does.”

Shinola, this year’s honoree, was founded in 2011 and built on a belief that products should be well made and built to last. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, the company stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry.

This year’s award will be accepted by Jacques Panis, president of Shinola, on behalf of the company.

Past honorees, many of them individuals, have included Cynthia J. Paskey, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions; Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings; DTE Energy CEO Anthony Earley and ePrize CEO Josh Linkner.

Last year’s winner was Mary L. Kramer, group publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business.

The October 27 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 of eight and $390 for a table of 10, can be obtained by contacting June Cox at 226-783-1565 or execdir@detroitexecs.com.


About the Detroit Executives Association

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.

Even as business climates change, the Detroit Executives Association remains a vital force in helping its members develop extensive customer bases, cultivate their businesses, and enhance their bottom line. For more information, including how to become a member, please visit https://www.detroitexecs.com.