Mahmoud Saleh to receive Ilitch School's 2017 Outstanding Student Award

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business has announced the 2017 recipient of its Outstanding Student Award. Mahmoud "Moody" Saleh will be honored at the school’s 37th Annual Recognition and Awards Program on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Saleh is a finance major with a 3.95 GPA. He is expected to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May 2018 with Honors College accolades. Currently an international finance intern at TransUnion in Chicago, Saleh has also gained internship experience at Bodman PLC in Detroit, one of Detroit’s top law firms, and Jaidah Group in Qatar.

As a paralegal assistant in Bodman’s banking division, Saleh assisted with the accurate completion and packaging of major lending agreements, reviewing credit agreements, loan documents and bank statements for hundreds of clients. At Jaidah Group – a private conglomerate that specializes in the distribution of automotive, electrical and heavy equipment vehicles – he was a rotational finance intern, a role that afforded him the opportunity to immerse himself in hands-on roles in multiple departments of a successful business, while living and working in an international environment. Among other accomplishments, Saleh contributed to the reduction of expenses by over $15 million Riyals, resulting in a 2% increase in net income.

He is a founding member of Wayne State’s Beta Omicron chapter of professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and he currently serves as an executive board member. As a member of the Business Student Senate, he encourages community and civic involvement among his peers, and contributes to the future of the Mike Ilitch School of Business by serving as a conduit for students’ concerns and opinion to the School’s academic leadership team.

In addition to his rigorous academics and service to student and professional groups, Saleh has been a Zaman International volunteer since 2010, helping the organization to deliver food and household goods to support to underserved communities in Metro Detroit.

For the second year in a row, the Annual Recognition and Awards Program will be emceed by Fox 2 Detroit anchor and reporter Roop Raj. In addition to Saleh, the event will also honor student scholarship recipients, Executive of the Year La June Montgomery TabronDistinguished Alumni Award winner David LeoneEmerging Leader Award winner Fares Ksebati, and the yet-to-be-announced winner of the Inspirational Teacher Award. 

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are now available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Steve Townsend at or 313-577-0202. 

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