Automation Alley Recognizes Technology Leaders at Ninth Annual Awards Gala

T. Adderley, Kelly Services, Receives Legend CEO Honor

TROY, Mich., Sept. 25, 2009 – Automation Alley, Southeast Michigan’s largest technology business association, celebrated its 10th anniversary and announced the winners of its Ninth Annual Awards Gala at the Roostertail in Detroit on Friday, September 25. Winners include Terence E. Adderley, chairman of the board of Kelly Services, Inc., and Cynthia J. Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Adderley was selected as Legend CEO (Lifetime Achievement Award) for his dedication to leading one of the world’s largest and most successful staffing companies. Adderley started his career at Kelly Services, headquartered in Troy, more than 50 years ago as a branch manager and has since served in virtually every leadership position within the company. He had the foresight to diversify and adapt to the changing business world, expanding Kelly Services from offering clerical and general office services to information technology, science, legal, assisted living and many other professional services. Today, Kelly Services is a Fortune 500 company with more than 3,000 company owned-and-operated offices in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries around the world. Throughout his distinguished career at Kelly Services, the company has received numerous awards for its strong commitment to providing workforce opportunities for women, minorities, the disabled and the elderly.

Pasky, named CEO of the Year, has led Strategic Staffing Solutions since its inception 19 years ago. Based in Detroit, the company has expanded to more than 1,700 employees in more than 20 cities in the United States and Europe with revenues topping $160 million last year. In addition to the leadership of her company, Pasky is involved in numerous business, civic, community activities and non-profit organizations. She serves on numerous boards including Business Leaders for Michigan, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, and the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.

“Tonight’s winners exemplify the true entrepreneurial and leadership spirit of Southeast Michigan,” said Ken Rogers, executive director. “Each has taken momentous steps in advancing our region forward and Automation Alley is proud to recognize and honor these individuals for their continuous efforts in ensuring that Southeast Michigan is a top notch location to establish and nurture a business.”

Additional award winners include:

  • Emerging Leader of the Year: Bill Wagner, vice president and co-founder of SRT Solutions (Ann Arbor)
  • Automation Alley Member of the Year: Hennessey Capital (Huntington Woods)
  • Technology Company of the Year: Grid4 Communications (Troy)
  • Emerging Technology Company of the Year: my1HIE LLC (Bingham Farms)
  • Educational Program of the Year: Michigan Virtual University (Lansing)
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Winners were chosen based on submitted nomination packages that are reviewed and evaluated by a pre-selected committee.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include more than 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities, from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through business attraction services, exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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