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Macomb Foundation Inducts 9 Into Hall of Fame

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., November 20, 2009 – TACOM’s Major General Scott West joins some of Macomb’s most successful entrepreneurs in the 2009 Class of the Macomb Hall of Fame. The Macomb Hall of Fame is the sister organization of the Macomb County Chamber. “A group of over 300 Macomb County Chamber members, elected officials and guests gathered for the Macomb Hall of Fame event making this year the ninth sell-out year at the premiere recognition event for Macomb County’s business community,” said Grace Shore, CEO of Macomb County Chamber. “ I am proud to put forth this group of individuals as they are the heart of Macomb County business”, said  Peter J. Lucido, chairperson of the Macomb Hall of Fame committee and lead attorney for his law firm, Lucido & Manzella, P.C., Attorneys, and Counselors At Law. The event was held on November 12 at Mirage Banquet Center in Clinton Township and emceed by Alisha Baker of Dupont and Chairman of the Macomb County Chamber board.

The 2009 Macomb Hall of Fame honorees are as follow:

John DiGiuseppe, Owner: Mirage Banquet Center – John has owned and operated multiple businesses in Macomb County for much of his adult life. John is committed to Macomb County through his business and the many charitable causes he hosts here at the Mirage hall.

Irma Elder, CEO: Elder Ford Companies – Ms. Elder is the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the greater Detroit area. Since that time she has grown the business to include ford associated dealerships all over southeast Michigan including two in Macomb County.

Tony Gallo, Founder: Gallo Companies – Gallo Companies, is comprised of real estate holdings, land acquisitions, development, building, design, and management of commercial and residential buildings. Tony has had the privilege to serve his community through various boards including Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s Ambassador Club and city of Warren Planning Commission.

Tony Ventimiglia, Owner: Ventimiglia Italian Foods – Tony and his family operate the Ventimiglia Italian Foods in Sterling Heights. They bring the importance of value and family to the store while supplying Macomb County with traditional homemade Italian foods.

Major General West, Commanding General: U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management – Major General Scott West assumed command of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command on April 22, 2008 following his assignment as the Commanding General of 21st Theatre Sustainment Command.

Jeff & Jim Galloway and Eugene & John Jetts: Jet’s Pizza – Jet’s Pizza began when the first store was opened in 1978 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. They have built a franchised company with locations in eleven states, the headquarters remain in Sterling Heights.

This event was generously sponsored by: Beaumont Hospital, DTE Energy, Dupont, General Dynamics Land System, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Health System, Lucido & Manzella, P.C., Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, National Defense Industrial Association, Triumph Hospital, and St. John Hospital.

While the event honored the above business leaders for their leadership in the county,  Grace Shore was also mentioned as she was recently named Michigan Chamber Professional of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals organization.

The Macomb Foundation, a sister organization to the Macomb County Chamber, has hosted the Hall of Fame since 2000. Since then, 40 area leaders have been inducted. Macomb Foundation works closely with business, civic and non-profit organizations to explore, plan, and implement programs designed to broaden the role Macomb County plays in Michigan’s overall economy. Macomb Foundation also supports many of the county’s community-based organizations through a network of program sharing and support.