Business Executives from Rochester Hills were recognized by the Mayor’s Business Council at the annual awards meeting held at Meadow Brook Hall.
Four awards were presented in two categories, the Mayor's Business Council Champion Awards and the Executive Leadership Award. Recipients are recognized for their business leadership in overcoming obstacles, experiencing tremendous growth or for launching new technologies that have changed their industry.
The 2013 Mayor’s Business Council Champion Awards:
- George Buhaj, President of Avon Broach: As one of the City’s oldest manufacturers, Avon Broach has experienced tremendous growth while launching the latest in technology. They continue to providing quality services to their clients and skilled, high quality jobs to the surrounding area.
- Wolfgang Dimmich, President of Kostal Kontakt Systeme: Kostal has experienced tremendous growth since opening its doors in 2010. It is estimated that in 2013 the company will generate $37 million in sales, almost three times more then when they relocated to Rochester Hills. The company continues to grow and currently employs a workforce of over 120 employees.
- Adil Shafi, President of Advenovation: Specializing in the design, integration and implementation of vision guided robotic systems, Advenovation was the first tenant company to graduate from OU INC, Oakland University’s Smart Zone Business Incubator, and locate their business in Rochester Hills.
“These awards provide an opportunity for us to acknowledge local leaders and investments that are being made right here in Rochester Hills,” Mayor Bryan K. Barnett said.
Citing his role in transforming Oakland County and for his visionary leadership, the 2013 Executive Leader Award was presented to Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson. Patterson has served as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Business Council since its inception in 2007.
“Brooks' support, guidance, friendship and leadership as Chair of the Mayor’s Business Council has been invaluable to our business executives in Rochester Hills,” Barnett said. “We are proud to recognize and honor him with this award.”
Formed by Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, the Mayor’s Business Council fosters an environment in which commerce can prosper with the residential character of community by promoting collaboration among industry, education and government.