Meet the judges

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recipients and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee. We deeply appreciate their dedication to the program.

Sassa Akervall

Sassa Akervall
Owner and CEO
Akervall Technologies, Inc.
2017 regional award winner

Trina Bediako

Trina Bediako
CEO
New Horizons Baking Co.
2021 regional award winner

Eric Erwin

Eric Erwin
President and CEO
FloraCraft Corporation
2020 regional award winner

Matt O'Bryan

Matt O'Bryan
President and CEO
KLA Laboratories, Inc.
2018 regional award winner

Chris Rizik

Chris Rizik
Founder and CEO
Renaissance Venture Capital
2017 regional award winner

Damien Rocchi

Damien Rocchi
Founder and CEO
Grand Circus
2018 regional award winner

Sassa Akervall

Tom Ross
CEO
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing
2021 regional award winner

Michelle Sourie Robinson

Michelle Sourie Robinson
President and CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council