Vote online by Aug. 18 for Automation Alley’s 13th Annual Awards Gala winners

Finalists have been chosen and online voting is now open to decide the winners at Automation Alley’s 13th Annual Awards Gala. Michigan’s largest technology business association, Automation Alley will announce the winners at its signature fall event Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Henry hotel in Dearborn. Easy online voting and information about each finalist is available at

“Automation Alley is pleased to once again recognize and celebrate the most creative and innovative individuals and organizations in Southeast Michigan’s technology community,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “You selected the finalists, now we invite you to help us determine the winners – the leaders, forward-thinkers and game changers sparking high-tech growth in our region.”

The Annual Awards Gala is Southeast Michigan’s most prestigious event honoring technology organizations and their leaders. Award categories include Automation Alley Member of the Year, Educational Program of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Global Trader of the Year and Technology Company of the Year.

Online voting is open until Aug. 18 at midnight. No votes will be accepted after this time.

Finalists for the 13th Annual Awards Gala:

Automation Alley Member of the Year

  • Rochelle A. Black, Oakland University
  • Tara Miceli, Walsh College
  • Karen Mitchell, DTE Energy

Educational Program of the Year

  • Central Michigan University New Venture Competition
  • PTAC of Schoolcraft College
  • Wayne State University GO-GIRL: Gaining Options – Girls Investigate Real Life

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Bill Coughlin, Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Sarah Jacobs, The Robot Garage
  • Yan Ness, Online Tech, Inc.

Global Trader of the Year

  • Fluxtrol, Inc.
  • Fori Automation
  • Process Development Corporation

Technology Company of the Year

  • Pratt & Miller Engineering
  • Secure-24
  • Vectorform

Last year’s winners included Automation Alley Member of the Year Laura Oliveto, Basso Design Group; Educational Program of the Year Fifth Core World Language & Culture Program (Oxford Community Schools); Entrepreneur of the Year Jake Sigal, Livio Radio; Global Trader of the Year Dan Kocks, Global Impact Group, MFG; and Technology Company of the Year GalaxE.Solutions Inc.

The cost to attend the 13th Annual Awards Gala is $175 per person for Automation Alley members and finalists and $200 per person for non-members.

A variety of sponsorship packages are still available for the 13th Annual Awards Gala. For more information, contact or 800-427-5100, or visit

For more information about online voting, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.
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