Top Detroit Professionals Honored at Gala


TROY — The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit honored five professionals for marketing and sales excellence at the 20th annual MSED Black-Tie Gala Dinner, held at the Roostertail in Detroit on October 16.

The MSED Gala celebrates the achievements of marketing and sales professionals and business executives throughout southeastern Michigan. The funds raised from this event allow the organization to provide educational and professional assistance within the metro-Detroit community.

“As a community of marketing and sales professionals, we applaud the efforts of those who are also using their business skills to make the city of Detroit and our region a better place in which to live and work,” said Dave Harries, chairman of the 2013 MSED Gala and president of Spartan Marketing Services. “Each of our awardees has achieved significant accomplishments and we want to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

At this year’s Gala, Peter Karmanos Jr., former executive chairman and founder of Compuware Corporation, was the inaugural recipient of the Herb Everss Lifetime Achievement Award.  Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet Brand Chief and U.S. Sales and Marketing, General Motors, received the 2013 Executive Leadership Award.  Andra Rush, president and CEO of The Rush Group, was recognized with MSED’s Trailblazer Award, which honors a business leader whose marketing and sales approach steered their company into unchartered waters with very impactful results.

Also recognized at the Gala, Molly MacDonald, founder of the Pink Fund, and John Chalifoux, president of Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers’ Association, received Platinum Awards for their outstanding achievements in marketing and sales.