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Chamber Board of Directors, Member Companies Among 2023 EY Entrepreneur Of the Year® Awardees

June 26, 2023

The Detroit Regional Chamber is celebrating EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® recipients, including from the Chamber’s Board of Directors and member companies. A special congratulations to:

  • Current Board Member and former Board Chair Dennis W. Archer Jr. of Sixteen42 Ventures
  • Board Member Bruce Smith of Detroit Manufacturing Systems
  • Member Mark White of Shape Corp.

View the full announcement below.

DETROIT, June 22, 2023 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. This group of ambitious entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent panel of judges made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winners were unveiled during a special celebration on June 21 to honor and celebrate these business leaders who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 US executives.

“Every year, we are completely blown away by the accomplishments of our Entrepreneur Of The Year Regional Award winners, and 2023 is no different,” said AJ Jordan, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “They are change-makers and champions of business and community, and we are so proud to be honoring them. We can’t wait to see how these leaders will continue to improve lives and disrupt industries.”

The regional winners will next be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year®  Award in June 2024.

The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award are:

  • Dennis W. Archer Jr., Archer Corporate Services LLC (Belleville, Michigan)
  • Kelly Preston, Capital Steel & Wire (DeWitt, Michigan)
  • Bruce Smith, Detroit Manufacturing Systems (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Min Kyu Kim, Kimchi Box (Northville, Michigan)
  • Edi Demaj and Etrit Demaj, KODE Labs Inc. (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Michael Aubrey Jr., Mission Veterinary Partners (Southfield, Michigan)
  • Dr. Tyler Wall, SD Bullion (Sylvania, Ohio)
  • Mark White, Shape Corp (Grand Haven, Michigan)
  • Danny Ellis, SkySpecs (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • Tamira Chapman, Storehouse In A Box LLC (Farmington, Michigan)
  • Matt McAlear, The McAlear Group (Maumee, Ohio)


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Trion Solutions Inc.; Foley & Lardner LLP; Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications; Full View Productions; KLA Laboratories Inc.; and P.I.E. Management LLC.

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