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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Automation Alley to host awards gala

The Automation Alley 12th Annual Awards Gala is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The Awards Gala honors technology organizations and their leaders. Pure Michigan is the premier sponsor this year.
Automation Alley has named the finalists for the awards gala with the winners to be announced at the gala.
The Member of the Year finalists are: Rochelle A. Black, Oakland University; Rick Darter, Rave Computer and Laura Oliveto, Basso Design Group.
The Educational Program of the Year finalists are: Blackstone LaunchPad (Walsh College/Wayne State University); Fifth Core World Language and Culture Program (Oxford Community Schools) and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
The Entrepreneur of the Year finalists are: Gary Abusamra, Oxus America; James F. Eliason, Ph.D., MitoStem and Jake Sigal, Livio Radio.
The Global Trader of the Year finalists are: Dan Kocks, Global Impact Group, MFG; Hortensia Albertini and Lisette Poletes, Global LT, Ltd. and Eli Oklejas, Fluid Equipment Development Co.
The Technology Company of the Year finalists are: Billhighway; GalaxE.Solutions Inc. and Pratt & Miller Engineering and Fabrication, Inc. Tickets are $175 for members and $200 for non-members. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 800-427-5100 or visit

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