Ilitch School hosts 42nd Annual Recognition and Awards Program

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business honored the 2022 recipients of its signature awards:

Michigan Executive of the Year
John Erb, chair, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Distinguished Alumni Award
James E. White, chief of police, Detroit Police Department

Emerging Leader Award
Christina Winkler Meredith, joint ventures and alliances project manager, General Motors

Inspirational Teacher Award
Amanuel Tekleab, professor of management, Mike Ilitch School of Business

Outstanding Student Awards
Thomas Halewicz, M.B.A. candidate
Eboni Marcum, accounting and music business student

The 2022 honorees were celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Roostertail in Detroit. Jason Brown, stock market coach and options trader, Ilitch School alumnus and founder of TheBrownReport, served as emcee for the event. A photo gallery from the event may be viewed on our Flickr page. To view past winners or nominate someone for a future award, please visit

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