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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jay Farner, president and chief marketing officer of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc, will receive the 2012 Executive Leadership Award from the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held at the Roostertail in Detroit on October 18 beginning at 6pm.


    The event celebrates the exceptional achievements of business executives, and sales and marketing professionals in southeastern Michigan. It is the 19th annual black-tie fundraiser to be hosted by the MSED. Net proceeds from MSED events support scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions.


    Over the past 16 years, Farner has helped build Quicken Loans into the nation’s largest online lender and fourth largest retail mortgage lender, closing a record $30 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2011.

    In addition to his role at Quicken Loans, Farner also lends support to Bizdom, serving on the entrepreneurial boot camp’s appropriations board that determines funding for proposed startup businesses located within the city of Detroit.  
    He is managing director of Quizzle, an innovative website that helps consumers get a complete understanding of their credit, and chairman of One Reverse Mortgage, the nation’s largest reverse mortgage company.

     “We are proud and honored to have Jay Farner as our Executive Leadership Award recipient,” said Dave Harries, chairman of the MSED Gala and president of Spartan Marketing Services.”  As president and chief marketing officer, he not only excels in leading his team to optimize results for the company and its clients, but his strategic positioning of the Quicken Loans brand has achieved amazing results, proven by the company’s recurring ranking as a best place to work and its back-to-back J.D. Power Awards for client satisfaction.”

    Farner is an active member on several boards of directors, including: Cellerant, a biotechnology company focused on developing human therapeutics for blood-related disorders and cancer; Sociocast, an intelligence platform providing companies real-time user behavior; ePrize, the leader in the interactive promotions industry; and Protect America, a leading home security company. He is also a member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s marketing committee.


    The Gala will also recognize one individual and one team of southeast Michigan’s top sales and marketing professionals with MSED’s Platinum Award, as well as one emerging business leader who has effectively employed technology-based marketing tools with the Trailblazer Award.


    Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members, $1,100 for a member’s table of eight and $1,400 for a non-member’s table. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information on tickets, event details or sponsorship opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at (248) 643-6590 or visit the organization’s website at www.msedetroit.org.

  • Friday, June 15, 2012 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marketing & Sales Executives of

    Detroit(MSED) is accepting nominations for top-performing marketing and sales professionals in southeastern Michiganfor the organization’s coveted Platinum Awards.


    Two Platinum Award winners, one individual and one team, will be honored at MSED’s 19th annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner on October 18. The awards recognize work which led to the awarding or generation of new business and/or cost savings from Jan. 1, 2011 throgh June 1, 2012.  Nominees do not have to be MSED members.


    The award nomination form can be downloaded through the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org. The completed nomination along with any additional information about the nominee should be emailed to meetings@meeting-coordinators.com. Nominations must be received by September 1.


    According to Len Damico, chairman of the 2012 MSED Platinum Awards and executive vice president, H. C. Olsen & Associates, the Platinum Awards celebrate the area’s best marketing and sales professionals with recognition and publicity from their peers in the industry.


    “In these very challenging economic times, this is an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams from southeast Michigan-based businesses to showcase how their sales and/or marketing initiatives made a meaningful difference to their companies’ bottom line,” Damico said.


    Nominees will be evaluated by MSED judges based on their achievements in increasing or maintaining sales, using creative problem-solving methods, reaching or exceeding company goals, impacting a business or industry and exhibiting exemplary teamwork or leadership as an individual, including distinguishing oneself from the competition during 2011 and the first part of this year.


    A group of finalists will be selected from the nominees and interviewed by a panel of judges, with the winning individual and team being identified at MSED’s annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner on October 18.


    The Platinum Awards are sponsored this year by Corp! magazine.


    For more information on the MSED Platinum Award nominations, event sponsorships or advertising opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or go to 2012 Gala. 

  • Friday, November 04, 2011 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) recently named the winners of its Platinum Awards for sales and marketing excellence at the 18th annual MSED Black-Tie Gala Dinner held October 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.


    The Platinum Recognition Award for the top individual went to Tony Lovell, vice president of sales and marketing, Grede Holdings LLC. The Platinum Recognition Award for the top team went to the Priority Health East Region Development Team.


    “We received a record number of nominations this year, so choosing the winners was even more of a challenge,” said Dave Harries, chairman for the 2011 MSED Gala and president, Spartan Marketing Services. “However, the individual and team we selected stood out with their successful approaches and excellence in their respective fields.”


    The Platinum Award finalists were evaluated by a panel of their peers, chaired by Len Damico, executive vice president of sales and marketing, H.C. Olsen & Associates. Factors considered included nominees’ track records in sales, utilizing new ideas or approaches, meeting challenges imaginatively, exhibiting exemplary teamwork and impacting a business or industry.


    As vice president of sales and marketing at Grede Holdings LLC, a newly formed manufacturing company, Lovell has been responsible for putting together a sales force, directing sales and marketing efforts, creating brand awareness, diversifying its customer-base and generating new sales revenue growth. Through leadership, drive and creativity, Lovell was able to direct an extensive communications program, which included participation in industry trade shows, sponsorships and coordinating speaking engagements for the company’s CEO. He also doubled the sales team and exceeded new business goals by more than 20 percent in 2010 and 2011.


    Being new to the southeast Michigan region, Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Priority Health East Region’s Development Team had to develop brand recognition, an agent relations program and a provider network. The team utilized a variety of marketing tools to build recognition and relationships, which helped to nearly double membership. The southeast region now accounts for approximately 25 percent of Priority Health’s statewide membership.


    Also at the gala, the MSED Executive Leadership Award was presented to Sandy Pierce, president and CEO, Charter One, Michigan, who was introduced by Beth Chappell, president and CEO, Detroit Economic Club. Pierce was recognized for her accomplishments in the banking industry and her involvement and support in the



    In addition, new to the Gala this year was the Trailblazer Award, which awards an emerging business leader who is recognized for effective implementation and use of technology-based marketing tools. The inaugural recipient of this award was Scott Monty, global digital and multimedia communications manager, Ford Motor Co.


    In its 18th year, the MSED Gala continues to celebrate the exceptional achievements of business executives and sales and marketing professionals in southeastern Michigan.  The proceeds from this pre-eminent event help support scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions.


    “The Gala gives us an opportunity to not only recognize the great achievements of our peers in the marketing and sales industries, but also take time to celebrate the positive changes happening in

    Michigan,” Harries said.
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